CARBONDALE - Boy Scouts are taught to be prepared, and that became a valuable lesson for the children participating in a re-gional Scout-a-Rama event Saturday.

Rain caused the event, which celebrated the 100th anniversary of the founding of the Boy Scouts of America, to be rushed and ended early. Organizers with the Kaskaskia District of the Greater St. Louis Area Council, however, called the event a success.

"The fact we got the boys, their parents and some of the general public out was great," said Dale Ritzel, chairman of the event. "It's a chance to show what is and what it does."

Members of about 10 local scout troops from the Kaskaskia District - which encompasses Alexander, Jackson, Johnson, Perry, Pulaski and Union counties - spent the morning applying their scouting training through demonstrations including first aid, flag retirement and basic science.

Once the rain and lightning started, the crowd moved under a pavilion to cap off the day with an awards ceremony and prize give-away.

"It turned out really well considering the weather. We weren't sure how many people would come, but we got a good turnout," said District Executive Mike Hays, noting many people had signed up to learn more about scouting.

Southern Illinois is among the fastest growing regions in the country for scout recruitment, he said.

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