PLACES: 100th Anniversary Boy Scout Exhibit

By Beacon Staff

Take a step back in time while touring the 100th Anniversary Boy Scout Exhibit at The Museum at Central School near downtown Kalispell.

There are displays containing Boy Scout tools, toys and memorabilia from 1910 to the present. Follow the changing handbook covers, dating as far back as 1913, which contain the Boy Scout rules, regulations, traditions and motto.

Browse historic backpacks, sewing kits, photography equipment and vinyl records that teach Morse code, or songs of the trail. See Rexcraft bugles from the ‘50s and ‘60s and the official harmonica of the Boys Scouts.

Take a visual tour of merit badges and uniforms. Watch slide shows in digital picture frames as well as two 8 mm videos, one from a 1967 backpack trip into the Bob Marshall Wilderness and one from the 1973 jamboree in Idaho.

Share the toys of an older generation while browsing the display, including a 1948 Cub Scout marionette, transistor radio and fly-tying kits. There is even a Parker Brothers Boy Scouts card game – in the original box – from 1912.

This is a great opportunity to revisit our own history as well as pass stories to younger generations about the history of the Boy Scouts in our area.

How to get there: The museum is located at the intersection of East Second Street and Second Avenue East in downtown Kalispell. For more information on exhibits visit http://www.yourmuseum.org.

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