The Boy Scouts of America’s Grand Canyon Council — independent nonprofit organization chartered by the Boy Scouts of America in Arizona — is celebrating 100 years of scouting and welcomes the community for a picnic, activities and more.
Kicking off with a community picnic at Camp Geronimo, festivities begin at 11 a.m. on Saturday, July 24 at Camp Geronimo, which is north of Payson in the Mogollon Rim on nearly 200 acres of forest and meadows, according to a press release.
In addition to the scenic spot, attendees can look forward to activities including swimming, shooting and hiking local trails during "three fun-filled Centennial Celebrations," the release said.
The open invitation is offered this year to everyone and not just Scouts.
“This anniversary is a major accomplishment. For 100 years, GCC has been supporting the future leaders of Arizona, providing outdoor adventures, teaching them outdoor skills and instilling the values of the Scout Oath and Scout Law,” said Andy Price, CEO and scout executive of GCC, in a prepared statement. “Our centennial celebrations give us an opportunity to show appreciation to our scouts and the community at large.”
Scouting in Arizona started with a “handful of troops scattered across the state,” the release said, describing how it has grown over 100 years to serve thousands of young men and women.
Since the institution of BSA in Arizona, more than 48,000 young men have become Eagle Scouts. This year, the first groups of young women also earned their Eagle Scout designation; BSA all-women troops launched in 2019, noted the release.
Celebrations continue on Nov. 20 with the Centennial Pow-Wow, sponsored by the Order of the Arrow and held at the Heard Scout Pueblo, which will also host the Holiday Celebration, featuring luminaries, historic displays and more outdoor activities.
The Pow-Wow will showcase displays and host activities centered around the history of scouting, the release added.
Attendees can snack on smores and sip hot chocolate and ciders, stroll a trail illuminated by holiday lights, the release said, encouraging people to also check out recent accomplishments of Arizona Scouts and play games with the whole family there too.
Centennial celebration activities are open to the public but require registration. There are no fees to participate, according to the release.
To register: grandcanyonbsa.org.
Youth interested in getting involved with BSA can visit: BSAscout.org to learn more.