Boy Scout troop celebrates 100 years
Published 7:32 pm, Thursday, March 15, 2012
Local Boy Scout Troop 10 celebrated its 100th anniversary at a dinner on Saturday, March 10, in First Presbyterian Church's Brooks Hall.
First Selectman Michael Tetreau spoke at the event, with over 125 attendees, congratulating the troop's longevity and acknowledging its community work and service to the town's youth, according to a troop news release.
He also presented an official proclamation marking 2012 as the troop's official anniversary year.
The Rev. Edward F. Duffy, the church's pastor, gave a blessing before the meal and affirmed the church's support of the troop.
Other guests included former Scoutmasters Deno Gualtieri and Brian Nobile, a York, Pa., resident who met his wife on Troop 10 outings.
More than 20 Scouts helped run the celebration and provided entertainment.
Chris Westervelt, the troop bugler, played Taps, and the Scouts sang Green Day's "Time of Your Lives," with Steven Belitzky on acoustic guitar, Sagar Gulati on cello and Ben Graney Green on electric bass.
The event also included a display of more than 300 Boy Scout artifacts from the basement of Robert C. Meyers, a former Scoutmaster and 50-year troop member. Items included vintage uniforms, antique gear, original charters, photographs, scrapbooks, handbooks, merit badge books and magazines.
Also, Tom Pabis and Fred Finch, former Scoutmasters who remain active in the troop, turned the hall stage into a diorama of a 100-year-old boy scout campsite. Officials who were unable to attend the event sent their acknowledgements.
Gov. Dannel Malloy sent an official statement from his office, read by former state Rep. Chris Caruso, that proclaimed Dec. 6, 2012, as Troop 10 Day in Connecticut. U.S. Sen. Richard Blumenthal gave a certificate of recognition to Scoutmaster Dan Cassette, while Kim Fawcett, the state representative for Fairfield and Westport, sent along her congratulations.
The troop, founded in Bridgeport on Dec. 6, 1912, is the only one in the state to have a continuous 100-year history, according to the release. The troop was moved to Fairfield in 1962 when the church's original building was razed to allow construction of the Route 8/25 corridor.