"Scout-O-Rama" is a colorful name for a colorful celebration planned Saturday at Evergreen Park in Carbondale, marking the 100th anniversary of the Boy Scouts of America.

The event is sponsored by the Kaskaskia District Boy Scouts, including Scouts from Alexander, Jackson, Johnson, Perry, Pulaski and Union counties. They invite the public to attend the party, which features activities, displays and free refreshments donated by area businesses

Activities for all ages are planned from 10 a.m. to 3 p.m. at the park on Pleasant Hill Road west of U.S. 51.

Dale Ritzel, chairman for the big birthday party, said Cub Scouts will be featuring a Pinewood Derby setup from noon to 2 p.m.

The Cubs also will be making a "monkey bridge" with ropes and building smaller model bridges of wood, Ritzel said.

One Boy Scout group will build a tower of wood and rope; another will be launching rockets powered by such everyday ingredients as antacid tablets.

David Norton of Du Quoin, who has been a Scout leader for more than 60 years, will display his collection of badges and patches from those six decades.

"Activities at the Scout-O-Rama are meant to be fun for Scouts and visitors of all ages," Ritzel said, inviting visitors to help the Scouts celebrate.

Special speakers and award presentations also are on the program Saturday. Paul Sarvela, board chairman of the Kaskaskia District, will be master of ceremonies for the program. Sarvela is vice president for academic affairs at Southern Illinois University Carbondale.

Speakers will include Carbondale Mayor Brad Cole on the value of Scouting programs, Ritzel said. Awards will be presented, and there will be a drawing for one Scout leader and one Scout to receive the newly minted silver dollars commemorating the centennial of Boy Scouts of America.




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