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Rockdale Citizen & Newton Citizen • Sunday, July 25, 2010

A Century of Scouting: Local Scouts celebrate From Staff Reports The Boy Scouts of America observes its 100th anniversary this year with celebrations and events throughout the nation. Locally, Scouting celebrated this milestone with an event dubbed “The Campout of the Century,” in May at Bert Adams Scout Reservation in Newton County. The campout, which also marked the 50th anniversary of Bert Adams, drew an estimated 5,000 Scouts from 13 metro area counties, including Rockdale and Newton. Bert Adams, which has a long been a

part of shaping the characters of boys and young men, is in the midst of special renovations that include new dining halls, meeting rooms, a trading post, nature center, program area, archery range and camping facility areas. The improvements are part of a $12.3 million capital campaign. Bert Adams provides 1,250 acres for long-term and weekend camping, training events and other outdoor Scouting activities. Thousands of Scouts come to Bert Adams each year to participate in Boy Scout, Webelos and JROTC Summer Camps, Order of the Arrow Events, Venturing and Explorer Outings, Cub Family

A new dining hall was recently completed at Bert Adams Scout Reservation. The new facility, which is air-conditioned, can serve a larger number of Scouts. The photo at left shows the interior of half of the dining hall, which is divided into two sections. — Staff photos: Lee Depkin Camping, Cub World events, District Camporees, Cub Pack picnics, ScoutReach outings, Wood Badge training, Junior Leader training, and many

other Scouting events. Bert Adams includes Camp Gorman, Camp Emerson, Cub World and the redeveloped Camp Jamison.

About the cover The cover photo was taken by Citizen photographer Lee Depkin, who spent the first day of the Campout of the Century at Bert Adams Scout Reservation capturing images of the event.


Congratulations Boy Scouts! Celebrating 100 Years of Strong Values and Leadership. OR PAGE 2 • JULY 25, 2010 • BOY SCOUTS • THE CITIZEN

Over 100 years, Scouting has touched lives of millions The Boy Scouts of America is one of the nation's largest and most prominent values-based youth development organizations. The BSA provides a program for young people that builds character, trains them in the responsibilities of participating in citizenship, and develops personal fitness. Following are some of the significant milestones in the 100-year history of the Boy Scouts of America: • 1910 — Boy Scouts of America incorporated

• 1959 — Exploring program began

• 1991 — Learning for Life program began

• 1980 — Florida National High Adventure Sea Base officially opened

• 1998 — Venturing program began • 2000 — 100 millionth member registered

• 1982 — Tiger Cubs program was added to Cub Scouting

• 2009 — 2 millionth Eagle Scout, Anthony Thomas, was recognized

• 1982 — 1 millionth Eagle Scout, Alexander M. Holsinger, was recognized

Source: Boy Scouts of America

• 1911 — First Boy Scout Handbook published • 1911 — Boys' Life magazine premiered • 1912 — First Eagle Scout, Arthur R. Eldred, was recognized • 1913 — Scouting magazine premiered • 1913 — Registration of Scouts began, for a 25-cents annual fee • 1915 — Order of the Arrow began • 1916 — Federal charter granted by Congress • 1923 — First season at what would become Northern Tier High Adventure Base • 1925 — Boy Scout membership tops 1 million • 1930 — Cub Scout program began • 1938 — Philmont was donated to the BSA • 1948 — First BSA Wood Badge course taught • 1953 — First Pinewood Derby® held • 1954 — Webelos program was added to Cub Scouting

Daniel Nandroni, 14, helps pull the rain fly over the tent of Troop 151 from Covington First United Methodist Church at the Campout of the Century at Bert Adams Scout Reservation. — Staff photo: Lee Depkin



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Bert Adams evokes happy memories of Scouting summers By DARRELL HUCKABY Special to the Citizen Bert Adams. The very name brings back so many memories; memories of my childhood and youth and young adulthood — memories of brother Scouts who have become friends for life and memories of stories that have become legends in their telling and their retelling — legends that will somehow live on even after those of us who carved them out of long summer days are dead and gone. The generation of Scouts and Scouters that preceded me into the wonderful world created by Baden Powell more than a century ago still speak of the “Old Bert Adams,” which was located in Vinings, in the general area of Cumberland Mall. For me and subsequent generations of Boy Scouts, Bert Adams has always been the sprawling reservation of fields and trees and adventure located just off Highway 36, a few miles south of Covington. I do not know who all the men were who had the vision to acquire such a large tract of land and move the Atlanta Area Council’s summer camp facility to Newton County, but I know for a fact that my dear departed friend, Sappy Morecock, was instrumental in the process — and one of the roads leading into the camp fittingly bears his name. My first visit to the property that I would come to love was for a Cub Scout “Weenie Beanie” Banquet. It was held in the Woodruff Dining Hall — named, of course, for the great Atlanta philanthropist, Robert Woodruff of Coca-Cola fame. I had never seen such an impressive building and there were hunting trophies on almost every wall. Deer, elk, moose — even a black bear — and

Bill Young, assistant Scoutmaster for Troop 973 at Conyers First Baptist Church, points out their camp site to the arriving Scouts at the Campout of the Century held in May at Bert Adams Scout Reservation. — Staff photo: Lee Depkin I suffered mightily during the first half That first trip to summer camp attached to the massive stone fireplace was the head of a buffalo — American occurred in 1963 — 47 years ago. I can of that first week away from home. If cell Bison if you want to be precise. I don’t still remember the excitement of packing phones had existed in 1963, I would recall what we did at the banquet, other my duffel bag, putting on my second- never have made it until Saturday. As it than eat beans and weenies, but I do hand uniform (that had once belonged to was, every night after supper, when our remember being in awe of the facility in my boyhood hero, Terry Rutledge) and Scoutmaster joined the other camp leadwhich we ate them and I remember that I piling into the back of Scoutmaster ers in the staff lounge for the evening couldn’t wait until I turned 11 so I could Booney Barnes’s pickup truck. I was “cracker barrel,” I would feign a stomach join Boy Scout Troop 226 in Porterdale homesick before we got to Henderson’s and go to Bert Adams for a whole week. Restaurant at the end of Collum Road. See HUCKABY, Page 5




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Huckaby: Bert Adams builds strong bonds, memories Continued from Page 4 ache so that our staff guide, Terry McClellan, would take me to the health lodge for some tender loving care from the on-duty nurse. Little did I know that I would return to Bert Adams for at least one week of every year for the next 16 years. Nor could I have ever guessed that I would work at the camp for seven summers or that I would actually live at the camp, year-round, for the greater portion of two years after I graduated from college and began a teaching career. All I knew then was that the big kids picked on me, that I missed my mama, and that mystery meat and bug juice were not as good as the food I had at home. My saving grace during that first week of Scout Camp was the fact that, even at age 11, I could already swim like a fish. I excelled in my swimming merit badge class — taught by a giant of a man named Bart Miller, of whom I was terrified. Bart might have been 19 at the time, but to a homesick 11-year old, a 19-yearold college student is easily mistaken for a giant. Not only did I earn my first merit badge that summer, but I also won a couple of ribbons at the mid-week aquatic meet — the only Scout in my troop to do so — and completed the Mile Swim on the last Saturday morning of camp. Plus I learned 15 or 20 verses of the Doug Clark “Hot Nuts” song — also from our staff guide, Terry McClellan, and came home with a glorious poison ivy rash on my arms and a hundred chigger bites on my butt. I was hooked for life. I would return to Bert Adams every summer until I graduated from college.

Alexander Drake, 11, (left) and Daniel Nandroni, 14, both from Covington Troop 151 at Salem United Methodist Church, put up the first tent for their troop at the Campout of the Century at Bert Adams. — Staff photo: Lee Depkin For many years I camped with my own Sunday afternoon and the pride of earntroop. A couple of years, when our troop ing a red and blue “swimmer” buddy-tag, spent summer camp at other destinations, the opening, mid-week and closing I spent a week as a provisional camper. campfires where I learned silly songs and Dick Patton was my provisional Scout- skits that I continue to use to this day to master one summer and became a perma- amuse my children and my students, the nent part of many of my fondest Scouting thrill of the archery range and the rifle memories. Dick was from a large Scout- range, the nature hikes, the merit badge ing family and could make neckerchief classes, the fun and frivolity of just hangslides out of wood — I still have one he ing out around the campsite and sleeping gave me that is hand-painted with a Con- on a cot in an “Adirondack,” which is federate flag — and would recite long what we called the three-sided shelters Robert Service poems from memory Scouts used when Bert Adams was in its infancy. And my weeks at summer camp around the campfire at night. “The Cremation of Sam McGee” isn’t taught me important outdoor skills that quite as titillating as “Hot Nuts,” but has helped me earn the coveted Eagle Scout Award. many more redeeming qualities. I even learned to appreciate bug juice Sometimes I camped at Camp Emerand mystery meat, and my main ambition son, sometimes at Camp Gorman, but I in life was to become one of the immorcame to love everything about summer tal gods known simply as “The Staff.” camp at Bert Adams — the excitement Working at Scout Camp didn’t pay as and anticipation of the swim checks on well as working in the cotton mill, so I


wasn’t able to realize my dream of becoming a staffer until I had earned my degree from the University of Georgia and secured a full-time teaching job. But as my first post-college summer approached I applied for a position at Bert Adams and, to my delight, was hired by Reservation Director Uncle Jack Bowden, to serve as waterfront director at Camp Jamison, the “pioneer camp” that had been built across the lake from the twin dining hall camps that, by then, were known as Em-Go. For seven glorious summers I was “King of the Jamison Waterfront,” and had more fun and adventure than any one person should be allowed. There was a fired-up spirit at Camp Jamison and the summers I spent there were some of the happiest of my life. I worked with people who would help mold me into the person I have become — people like Jack Bowden, the most interesting character I have ever met — and people like Joe Campbell and Skip Carlson and ... the list, like the beat, goes on and on. It has been a long time since I have visited Bert Adams. Maybe I’ll drive down and ask for a tour before the summer is over. I hear they have made marvelous improvements to the infrastructure and the facilities and I am sure Scouting has changed a lot since the ’60s and ’70s. It would have to to keep up with the times. But I am equally sure of a few other things. I am sure, for instance, that they still serve bug juice and mystery meat in the dining hall. I am certain The Staff are considered demigods to the campers. And I am absolutely positive that the Scouts who camp at Bert Adams will make a lifetime of memories while they learn to be prepared and to always remain physically strong, mentally awake and morally straight.






Love for Scouts led to two decades as leader By KAREN J. ROHR Features Editor As an 11-year-old Boy Scout in 1964, Carl Wust hiked 5 miles along the Appalachian Trail carrying his sleeping bag in his arms because he didn’t know how to fit it back into his backpack. Rather than get discouraged with Scouting, Wust went on to earn his Eagle Scout badge and has volunteered almost his entire adult life as a Scout leader. “I distinctly remember that trip but one of the things I’ve done as a leader is I pay attention to those having challenges and while I don’t resolve them, my job is to point out to the boy leadership to get someone to help them,” said Wust. “I push down on the boys to look out for one another. The gratifying part is when I don’t have to push anymore. They just do it themselves.” Wust serves as leader for Troop 410 at St. Pius X Catholic Church, a volunteer job he’s taken on for two decades. “They’re not going to let me quit,” quipped Wust. The 56-year-old Wust said his love for the outdoors is what first drew him to Boy Scouts, and he fondly recalls hiking trips in the Smokey Mountains. While earning his degree at the University of Tennessee, he continued to stay active in Scouts. “I liked the outdoors anyway and it gave me something to do besides go to school. It helped me keep my sanity,” said Wust. By the time Wust moved to Conyers in 1986, he was married and had a son, Richard, who was old enough to join Cub Scouts, which serves boys in first through fifth grades. Wust helped St. Pius X Catholic Church re-form its Cub Scout program and then his son moved on to a Boy Scout troop at Conyers First United Methodist Church. After Richard worked his way up to Life Scout, Wust and other adults helped create Boy Scout Troop 410 at St. Pius. All three of Wust’s sons — Richard, Stephen and Christopher — earned their Eagle Scout ranks through Troop 410. With his sons grown, Wust continues to lead the troop, which meets weekly and goes on monthly camp-

Carl Wust has been a Scout leader for two decades. He helped guide his own three sons through Scouting, and all three became Eagle Scouts. — Special photo ing trips. Woven into the camping experiences are activities including biking, canoeing, white water rafting, spelunking, fishing, field trips to museums and aquariums and community service projects. In the near future, Troop 410 has a 185-mile bike trip planned along the C&O Canal Trail, a paved path, from Cumberland, Md., to Washington, D.C. The excursion culminates in a sight-seeing trip in D.C. “I call it my hobby,” said Wust of being a troop leader. “It’s what I do for fun.” During the weekly meetings, boys hone their skills for the camping trips and work towards earning badges. The boys also plan, by themselves, the schedule of activities for the year, and they identify goals and visions for the troop. With 52 members, Troop 410 is the largest in the Yellow River District, which encompasses Rockdale and Newton counties. The troop, which includes boys between the ages of 11 and 17, are divided into patrols of six to 12 boys. On camping expeditions, each patrol operates as a

team, led by a youth leader, and each team member shares his skills — whether it be cooking, identifying trees, tying knots or setting up tents — with the others. “You take everyone’s strengths and weaknesses and incorporate those as part of the team,” said Wust. “It’s like a big leadership class in the outdoors.” Wust said the primary aspect of involvement with Scouting that has changed over the years is the competition from other activities, such as sports, band, academics or even video games. He said the troop tries to build meetings around boys’ schedules as best it can and offers outdoor adventures they can’t find elsewhere. “We hope we have a varied enough program that we encourage boys to at least take a look,” said Wust. Wust said that being a troop leader has been a learning experience for him and that he improves his leadership skills with each passing year, thanks to training and mentors. For example, during a high adventure sailing trip in the Bahamas, designed to teach boys sailing and navigational skills, Wust kept jumping off the bench to help his boys when the captain ordered a maneuver. Finally the captain, an experienced trip leader for 30 years, grabbed Wust by the pants and told him to stay put. “You’ve got to know where the magic line is so that they don’t get hurt, they don’t get discouraged but they can fail. They’re allowed to fail as long as it isn’t detrimental,” said Wust. The Boy Scout program is always seeking adult volunteers, both men and women, said Wust, but they must go through training and background checks. “Scouts is a program where you can truly influence the lives of young men and hopefully instill in them the kinds of values I’ve grown up with — leadership, responsibility, teamwork, self-confidence and selfworth,” said Wust. “It’s very gratifying to work them ... and help them grow.” In Scouts, a boy learns how to work and interact with others, all in a safe environment, said Wust. “It’s a program to help (a boy) realize his potential as a young man,” he said. Other Scout-related groups that meet at St. Pius include Cub Scout Pack 410 and Venture Crew, an outdoor adventure group for boys and girls ages 13 to 21. To learn more, visit




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Scouts say oath sets standard for life By BARBARA KNOWLES News Editor Three generations of the Crowe family of Covington have proven that there’s substance to the virtues taught in Scouting, and their neighbors have benefited as much or more than they have by the dedication to the principles and precepts learned early in the program. Covington native Wendell Crowe, father and owner of Covington Ford, began his acquaintance with Scouting as a Cub Scout. He said his mother was a leader in the Pack and he rose through the ranks in Scouting until he attained the Eagle rank when he was approximately 15. He doesn’t recall what service project he chose to fulfill the requirements of the Eagle rank, but he does recall the many camping trips and outdoor activities introduced to him through Scouting. But more than the activities, Crowe is sold on the less tangible benefits of Scouting. “If you know the Boy Scout Oath, it teaches you honesty and integrity,” he said. When his son Matt Crowe came along, his father said it seemed natural that he should be introduced to Scouting, as well, and he became involved with working with his son’s troop by attending the meetings and taking his son and his contemporaries on the same kind of camping trips he had loved so dearly. “We went from one end of Georgia to the other ... out to Philmont (Scout Ranch in Cimarron, N.M.) ... tons of things,” Crowe recalled.

Three generations of the Crowe family of Covington excelled in Boy Scouts by attaining their Eagle Scout designation, the highest rank possible. Shown here are (l-r) father and grandfather Wendell Crowe, grandson Zach Kenny and son Matt Crowe. Matt Crowe, who now works with his father as general manager of Covington Ford, says he became a Scout because it seemed the natural thing to do. “I started out when I was 7 or 8 in Cub Scouts and worked my way up until

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I was 17,” he said. “At the time, a lot of my friends had joined Scouting and I was pushed by my parents to do it.” He found that the push given by his parents was in the right direction. “You learn a lot of different life expe-

riences between the trips you take and the lessons you learn when you earn badges,” Matt Crowe said. “If you take the Boy Scout Oath and the Boy Scout Creed to heart, it will help you throughout your life. It’s a learning experience to learn what the oath means and carrying that forward and living your life by that.” He said he believes Scouting is something that should be experienced by all young boys. “Every young child should get into it and stay with it. It kept me out of trouble and taught me a lot of morality lessons. It gives you a standard of life to try to live by,” he said. Crowe remembers all too well his Eagle Scout project. One hot summer he cleaned out Dried Indian Creek that runs behind his father’s business and on into the heart of Covington. “Your Eagle Scout project is supposed to benefit the community and I thought that would be something that would really help and make the community look better,” he said. “At that time, it was really bad. I cut down a lot of trees, and the creek was full of grocery buggies, old tires and just a lot of stuff.” Wendell Crowe’s grandson and Matt Crowe’s nephew, Zach Kenny, 21, also participated in Scouting, and attained the Eagle rank, as well. The son of Steve Kenny and Wendy Kenny, Zach also believed Covington could use some ecological assistance and chose for his Eagle project marking storm drains, around 1,000 of them in both city and county, to warn of the dangers of dumping debris into the drains.

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Familiar faces found rewards in Scouting In recognition of the 100th anniversary of Scouting, the Citizen asked some area residents: What has Boy Scouts meant to you? Sam Ramsey, former mayor of Covington: “I think there is no finer organization for boys,” said the former Boy Scout who has served on the executive board on the Sam Ramsey Atlanta Area Council. “I’m convinced that if we get more young men into Scouts, then we will have less problems when they grow up to be adults. It’s a real pleasure to be associated with the boys ... and the adults who are involved; they are some of the finest people you’ll come across.” Mike Lassiter, Covington: Lassiter, a former member of Covington Troop 58 in the 1960s, said being a part of the Boy Scouts gave him a lot of memories with his uncle, Scoutmaster E.G. Lassiter, cousins Charles and E.G. Lassiter III, and other Scouts, especially on

development day. “(E.G. Lassiter) gave us sling blades and said, ‘Get to work.’ We did a lot of manual labor that day ... taking down weeds and cut- Mike Lassiter ting down trees and hauling it off. We redefined manual labor.” Jerry Aldridge, Covington: “It gives boys the opportunity to become young men,” said the leader of Covington Troop 222. “The joy I get is seeing them come in as boys and Jerry Aldridge walking out as Eagle Scouts.” John Nix, Conyers: “I come from a family of three boys, and all three made Eagle Scout. We each made Scouting significant, and I think it set the path for how we conducted ourselves when we went to college

and started working. And we remain active today.” Denny Dobbs, former state representative, Covington: “Boy Scouts is important because it gets you out into nature and teaches you skills you can use later in life, like cooking and setting up Denny Dobbs camp, as well as first aid, swimming and life saving,” said Dobbs, who comes from a family of Scouts. “And it teaches you discipline, responsibility and self reliance. You also make a lot of friends who you keep all of your life.” State Sen. John Douglas: “It was a great chance to help me mature into adulthood,” said Douglas, who was in a Decatur troop John Douglas in the mid1960s that visited Bert Adams. “It’s a great

organization that gives good values to young men. I’m very pleased to be a part of that.” Brad Smith, Rockdale County Board of Education member: “It helped me, teaching responsibility, citizenship, etiquette and respect for people.” Fred BoscariBrad Smith no, president of the ConyersRockdale Chamber of Commerce: “My buddy Gary Tazzara and I were in Cub Scouts in first grade and went into Boy Scouts. We are still in touch to this day. And his mother was the den mother for the Cub Scouts, and Fred Boscarino she and my mother are still really good friends.” — Compiled by Michelle Floyd, staff reporter


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Eagle Scout projects build leadership, community Yellow River Eagle Scout Board of Review met this month to review three upcoming projects which are: construction of a memory garden at Cousins Middle School in Covington to honor three teachers and students who have died, construction of library shelves for books and materials for Rainbow Ministries Homeless Shelter’s GED preparatory course, and renovation of a playground area at Epiphany Lutheran Church in Conyers.

By JAY JONES New Editor Many people may walk by an Eagle Scout project and don’t even know it. The community service project requirement for the rank of Eagle Scout among Boy Scouts provides just that — a service to community — whether it’s clearing an overgrown area of a church, building a pavilion at a high school football practice field or replacing a dilapidated walking bridge. However, another component of the Eagle Scout service project is leadership, according to Carl Wust, leader for Troop 410 at St. Pius X Catholic Church. “The real purpose of the requirement is so the Scout demonstrates leadership. And that’s the key to earning the Eagle rank and purpose of completing the project,” Wust said. “It’s not necessarily to do service to the community, although, that’s how the leadership is shown. The purpose of the project from the Scout’s point of view is to demonstrate leadership.” The project is supposed to benefit either community, school or church. What is done is up to the Scout, who must plan out the project and present it to his district Eagle Scout Review Board. The project has to be completed before the Scout turns 18 years old. Wust, who has helped with over 35 Eagle Scout projects over the last 20 years, said a typical project will average about 40 to 80 hours of personal time for that Scout and double the time for peers, or fellow Scouts enlisted to do the work. “He must organize, and he has to do his homework,” Wust explained. Adult leaders spend about the same amount of time with the Eagle Scout candidate but are not expected to have a

Eagle Scout Andrew Smith of Troop 447 of Ebenezer United Methodist Church led the project earlier this year to create of an outdoor socialization area with tables, benches and wildlife habitats for the “Our Place” of Rockdale Cares to benefit developmentaly-challenged residents. Smith’s project was among 25 Eagle Scout Leadership Service Projects done in Newton and Rockdale counties over the past two years. — Staff Photo: Jay Jones major role in the project. “We’re there to provide a safety aspect to the project, if say, someone is needed to operate a chainsaw,” Wust said. Some of the most recent projects completed in the Yellow River District, which includes Rockdale and Newton counties, include replacement of a condemned foot bridge at Elks Aidmore Children’s Center, enhancement of the playground at Rocky Plains Elementary School and creation of an outdoor social area for clients of Rockdale Cares at their Our Place facility that serves developmentally challenged residents. Barbara Kilpatrick, executive director

of Rockdale Cares, said the Eagle Scout projects have made the Our Place facility on Davis Drive a more pleasant setting for clients. Along with wooden picnic tables and benches done last year, the area has a brick, outdoor grill area from a 2008 Eagle Scout project and a path that is wheelchair accessible. “It’s was really great for us and another Eagle Scout did a walking trail back there and made small plaques that identified some trees and plants,” Kilpatrick said. “The area is a benefit for our folks because it’s shaded and they can go back there and eat a snack and just take a moment outside.”






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A Boy Scout must complete an Eagle Scout Leadership Service Project to earn his Eagle Scout Award, the highest rank in Scouting. Below is a sampling of Eagle Scout projects performed over the past two years in Rockdale and Newton counties. • Created plant identification signage at Academy Springs Park for approximately 32 different plants. • Designed, planned and constructed an observation platform for the Salem High School Marching Band practice field. • Repaired a trail that connects three schools in Rockdale County along with a wooden footbridge and an outdoor classroom. • Designed and built a Cardinal Garden and outdoor classroom for Cousins Middle School in Covington. • Completed a nature trail behind Flat Shoals Elementary School, including safety barriers by the creek. • Replaced the fence that surrounds the graveyard at the Mount Pleasant United Methodist Church with a new weather resistant panel fence. • Created a memorial garden at the General Ray Davis Middle School consisting of a number of mini gardens.

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5,000 Scouts camp ‘jamboree-style’ at Bert Adams Scouts from 13 metro area counties converged on Bert Adams Scout Reservation in Newton County in May to observe the 100th anniversary of Scouting and the 50th anniversary of the camp. Here is a look at some of the scenes from “the Campout of the Century. — Staff photos: Lee Depkin

Preparing the Flag Challenge display area are, from left, Michala Carpenter, 16, Michelle Chastain, 19, Megan Steadham, 19, and her mother Amy Steadham. For this knowledge test of flag protocol, the American flag is combined with other flags. Scouts are challenged to identify which displays are correct and which are not correct.

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By the end of the first day of the Campout of the Century, Bert Adams looked like a tent city, with hundreds of colorful shelters set up in different areas.

Thirteen-year-old Rob James of Marietta Troop 797 found a shady spot outside the old dining hall to take a short break. Akintunde Ajose, a 10year-old Scout from Troop 297 in Rex, navigates a rope crossing on a challenge called the Monkee Bridge.


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