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North Bend Boy Scout Troop 110
Members of Boy Scout Troop 110 include (back) assistant scoutmaster Scott Eveland, Kendell Eveland, Josh Minarick, Alex Archer, Wes Bosco, scoutmaster Steve Minarick, (kneeling) Jayton Frank and Sam Wesely. Other members not pictured include assistant scoutmaster Troy Post, scouts Jack Post, Zach Leffler, Zach Griffin, Josh Merrill and Brad Shutt.

BSA turns 100, North Bend scouts not far behind

by Mary Le Arneal
Published 11/3/10

While the Boy Scouts of America are celebrating the 100th birthday of Scouting, local scouts can celebrate that anniversary knowing that their troop is pretty close to the 100 mark also.

Boys Scouts of America is celebrating its 100th birthday in 2010. Boy Scouts were originally started in England just a few years prior to coming to the United States in 1910. The National Council Boy Scouts of America was chartered by Congress in June 1916.

In the June 5, 1919, edition of the North Bend Eagle, there was an article proclaiming June 8-14 as Boy Scout Week. As printed in the North Bend History Book: “W.H. Jackson was listed as Scoutmaster with 16 or more boys belonging to the local troop. The Scout Oath, Creed and Laws were listed (very similar to today’s oath) along with the Scout Peace Cry: ‘The war is over, but our work is not.’”
Interest and involvement in North Bend’s Troop 110 has waxed and waned over the years, with the latest charter being issued in 1980. Four young men, Leonard Dahlheim, Duane Beebe, Dale Starmer and James Watts, first made Eagle Scout, the highest award in Boy Scouts, in 1936. To date that list has grown to 40.

Today there are 11 members of Boy Scout Troop 110 with three leaders: scoutmaster Steve Minarick and assistant soutmasters Scott Eveland and Troy Post. Four of the Scouts are from the Cedar Bluffs area, the rest from the North Bend/ Morse Bluff area.

Minarick said that Scouting has changed with the times. There are now Merit Badge Colleges that scouts can attend to earn merit badges. These are day-long events were a scout can complete all the requirements for at least two merit badges, one required for advancement and one elective badge.

The local scouts will be attending a college with 250-300 other scouts on Nov. 13 at Iowa Western Community College. There are badges today (Disabilities Awareness, Nuclear Science, Space Exploration) that were not even imagined when Scouting began, with the old ones (Basketry, Citizenship in the Community/Nation/World, Indian Lore) still around.

“It may be easier to get merit badges,” Minarick said, “but it still takes involved parents to push the boys.”

The Boy Scouts were formerly chartered under the Chamber of Commerce (in 1946), and are presently chartered by the VFW Post 8223.

Ten-year veteran scout Alex Archer, 15, said the best thing about scouting is learning new experiences and meeting new people, as well as helping out with community service.

The Scouts participated in Scouting for Food to collect canned foods for local food pantries, worked at the melodrama to raise funds for the new library and work at Camp Cedars Boy Scout Camp near Cedar Bluffs.

Funds that the Scouts raise selling popcorn and at the Old Settlers concession stand help pay for awards throughout the year and part of each boy’s camp experience. All of the scouts said camping was one of the best things about Scouting.

“One thing I will never forget is pulling friendly pranks on others at camp,” Star Scout Wes Bosco, 16, said.

Josh Minarick, 14, said he has learned skills in scouting that will help him in life. Sam Wesely, 11, said he has learned survival skills, and “had a lot of fun.”
Jaayton Frank, 12, said learning how to work together was something he has gained from scouting.

Cubbing, know today as Cub Scouts, was started in the United States in the 1930s. North Bend’s Pack was started in 1949. Presently there are 32 boys in grades 1-5 involved.

“Scouting teaches you to set goals,” Eagle Scout Rod Johnson said. He became an Eagle Scout in 1966 at the age of 15 and is now an attorney in North Bend. “It absolutely had a big impact in my life. It gave me direction. I felt the need to accomplish something with my life. You have different paths you can take in your life. Scouting teaches you the right one may not be the easiest path, but it will help you develop the lifestyles needed to follow the paths you chose.”

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