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Longview Boy Scout Troop 201 turns 100

May 5, 2017 at midnight


Boy Scout Troop 201 of Longview will celebrate the 100th anniversary of its charter on Saturday May 6, 2017.

The troop was chartered in March 1917, a little less than seven years after the Boy Scouts of America was founded.

On April 1, 1935, the Longview Lions Club took over sponsorship of Troop 201 and the Longview Lions Club and Troop 201 remain partners to this day. Troop 201 remains one of the oldest Boy Scout troops in Texas and one of the oldest west of the Mississippi River.

Texas Gov. Greg Abbott was a new inductee to Troop 201 on May 6, 1967, when then-Gov. John Connally presided over the troop's 50th birthday. Saturday, Abbott will celebrate of the troop’s centennial landmark along with a host of alumni and current scouts.

The event will take place from 11:30 a.m. to 4:30 p.m. at the scout Hut above Teague Lake Park and include the unearthing of a time capsule buried during the 50 year anniversary in 1967, the planting of a new capsule by the 15 current troop members to be opened in 2067 and the induction of four members into the rank of Eagle Scout.

Schedule of Events:

What: Longview Boy Scouts Troop 201 Centennial

When: 11:30 a.m. to 4:30 p.m., Teague Park. All events open to the public

BBQ lunch (sold out): 11:30 a.m. to 1 p.m.

Robert Hightower's Traveling Scouting History Museum: 11:30 a.m. to 4:30 p.m., Teague House

Program featuring Gov. Greg Abbott: 1:30 p.m. to 3 p.m., Charter Presentation and Eagle Ceremony

Retirement of Flags: 3:30 to 4:30 p.m., Veterans Recognition Foundation Facility

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