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Boy Scouts: 100 Years

February 12, 2010

Boy Scout troop opens time capsule

Boy Scouts adhere to acceptance policy

ANDERSON, Ind. — More than 30 years ago, Madison County’s oldest Boy Scout troop decided to leave its future troop members presents from their time with the intention it would be opened in 2020.

Their undated red, white and blue time capsule didn’t make it that far into the future, but it still gave Troop 232 a bit of history since its 1926 inception, when they opened it Wednesday.

“It has lots of historical information about our troop that we might not have known,” said 12-year-old Jacob Cole, the troop’s senior patrol leader. “It’s very interesting.”

The current troop members, some of their parents and past assistant Scoutmasters joined Troop 232’s weekly Wednesday meeting to open the mysterious time capsule that somehow ended up in former Assistant Scoutmaster Kevin Etherington’s garage.

Etherington said former Assistant Scoutmaster Tom Matthews brought the case to his home a few years ago along with other old troop items that had been stored at the Lions Club in Pendleton but did not know where the capsule had been before that.

“I put it away and I forgot about it until about three months ago,” Etherington said.

With about 50 pairs of eyes watching their every move, Etherington and current Scout Master Tim Reis worked to unscrew about 25 bolts while the Boy Scouts guessed what could lie within: pictures, a compass, newspapers, patches, flag, epaulets.

“I was expecting maybe a uniform, but this is pretty cool,” said 14-year-old Justin Reis, who has the second highest Boy Scout rank of Life.

What they weren’t expecting were the numerous letters from the former Scouts’ parents, which Justin Reis said were his favorite items from the metal box.

“We’re not going to read these because obviously it’s personal,” Etherington told the boys. “We’re going to see if these people are still around and try to give it to them.”

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