Also inside was a letter to the current Scoutmaster from the 1976 Scout Master explaining the patches and other items in the capsule, and offering the current Scout Master advice.
“It seems the troop runs along the lines of what the Scout Master puts into it,” Tim Reis read from the letter.
The 1976 Scout Master also wrote about his first Eagle Scout, David E. Allen. The rank of Eagle Scout is the highest and most prestigious level that a Boy Scout can reach. It requires the Scout to initiate and plan a number of projects.
“I am trying hard to establish honor and tradition in the troop,” the letter read. “I feel this is something the troop needs and will help keep our efforts alive.”
Thirty-four years later, Troop 232 has continued the Eagle Scout tradition, with one boy currently working toward the honor and four more who will begin their projects soon.
And they’ve developed their own.
Former Assistant Scout Master Don Jones, who has worked with Troop 232 for at least 20 years, said the troop developed a no-touch policy to solve the “boys will be boys” problem.
“That’s physically and mentally,” he said. “It allows us to have a lot of boys who wouldn’t fit anywhere else.”
Jones said the best example of their troop’s acceptance was a boy who had autism and refrained from speaking for at least six months.
During a competition, when no one else knew the answer to a question, the boy suddenly blurted out the answer and challenged the judge who told him his answer was sort of correct.
“He told him, ‘No, I’ve got it exactly right. Look at Page 176,’” Jones recalled. “That’s what makes this troop unique.”
Tim Reis said he will most likely have the troop’s historian create a scrapbook of the capsule’s items. He added that the current Boy Scouts will put items in the capsule and bury it until Troop 232’s centennial birthday in 2026.
“It’s just to pass on the legacy of the troop,” he said.
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