Troop 37 celebrates 50 years

Published 11:38 am Wednesday, May 18, 2011

Eagle Scout Carson Daughtrey lights a candle during the candlelight ceremony to celebrate the 50th anniversary of Carrsville Boy Scouts Troop 37 Saturday at the Carrsville Community Center.

CARRSVILLE—The Carrsville community has been investing in youth for at least 50 years now.

Boy Scout Troop 37 celebrated its 50th anniversary Sunday at the Carrsville Community Center.

“When we talk about investments, we don’t think about investing in young people,” said Delegate Bill Barlow, D-Smithfield. “They say it takes a village to raise a child and that’s certainly the case in the Carrsville Community with Troop 37.”

Former and current troop members and scoutmasters came together to celebrate the anniversary with a candlelight ceremony, recognition of founding members, a slide show and a reading of the founding letter dated March 29,1961.

“It felt good coming back to see everyone,” said former troop member Kent Bunch.

Former Scout Chad Jones said the experience with the organization taught him how to be a leader.

Current Scoutmaster Phillip Bradshaw said the community has been integral in the development of the troop and has been its lifeblood.

“The community has kept it going,” Bradshaw said.

The troop has had 30 members attain Eagle Scout, including Bunch and Jones in 1994. The troop has had a total of 13 scoutmasters in its 50-year history.

“It’s an honor just to be here,” said Delegate Roslyn Tyler, D-Jarrett, “I congratulate you on 50 years.”