Area scouts honor anniversary and legacy

Robert Smith

It may sound like bragging, but it’s not — there are just a lot of different reasons why Pawhuska might be your destination city.

You could want to visit the Tallgrass Prairie Preserve and gaze at the bison; you could be bound for the Osage County Fairgrounds for a roping event; you could be on your way to The Pioneer Woman Mercantile for a shopping pilgrimage; you could be a person of Osage descent, interested in discovering your family and cultural heritage; or. … you could be a scout, paying tribute to Pawhuska’s role as the birthplace of Boy Scouting in the United States. The first troop formed here 110 years ago.

This past Saturday morning, more than 400 scouts from all over the region were gathered in Pawhuska for a downtown parade, the reading of a proclamation at the Osage County Historical Society Museum, and a reception for Eagle Scouts at the Pawhuska Community Center.

Pawhuska Mayor Roger Taylor welcomed scouts and their leaders at the Historical Society Museum, following the parade, and referred to the celebratory activities as a “joyous occasion.”

Taylor said Pawhuska is “strongly committed to our young Boy Scouts and their futures.” The mayor presented framed copies of the city’s proclamation to Brad Waken, council president for the Cimarron Council of the scouts, to Cimarron Council commissioner Vincent Giannotti, and Cherokee Council commissioner Bob Hasbrook.

Following the reading of the proclamation, and much taking of photos, there was a reception at the Community Center for Eagle Scouts, who received a special uniform patch for the occasion.

Scout Executive Philip Mba Wright emphasized the importance to scouts and scout leaders of honoring the heritage of scouting.

“We willl never forget the shoulders that we stand upon,” he said.

Dale Copeland, president of the Cherokee Council, said the scouting world is “extremely proud of Pawhuska,” and gave thanks for the many volunteers who make scouting possible.