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Community: Scouts recall 60 years of fun

April 03, 2012|By Joyce Rudolph
  • Attending the Boy Scouts Troop 201 reunion fundraiser on Sunday at the Magnolia Park United Methodist Church in Burbank are, from left, Scoutmaster Nancy Durkee, Evan Plummer, senior patrol leader; Bill Vosper, Eagle Scout, Troop 1 (which became 201); Don Peterson, institutional representative; and David Peterson, Eagle Scout, Troop 201.
Attending the Boy Scouts Troop 201 reunion fundraiser… (Photo by Joyce Rudoloph )

The only thing missing at the reunion for Boy Scout Troop 201 was a roaring campfire and marshmallows. But at least there was plenty of pizza, skits by the boys and river-rafting stories.

About 100 Boy Scouts past and present, parents, siblings and friends gathered on Sunday at the Magnolia Park United Methodist Church for the first alumni event, which was organized by Giselle Vivado and Joylyn Spencer.

Ethan Durkee and Nick Rogus were deeply involved in their skit, called “Wild West Shootout.”

“The parents never get to see the skits, so this is a treat for them,” said Nancy Durkee, Scoutmaster of Troop 201. “Some of the skits they pick up from camp. Others they make up on their own.”

Today the troop boasts 31 members. It is more than 60 years old and is the oldest troop in the Iron Eyes Cody District, which serves the communities of Burbank, Southern Glendale, North Hollywood, Studio City, Sun Valley, and Sunland, Durkee said.

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The reunion was a way to show the boys that they are carrying on a great tradition, she added. And it lets former scouts know that today's members are still having a great time.

The event's other purpose was to raise funds to help more boys go to camp this summer, said co-chair Vivado.

The Scouts have chosen to go to Emerald Bay, the Boy Scouts of America camp on the west end of Catalina Island. Boys have fun while earning merit badges in water sports and other activities while there. Five days at camp costs $600 per boy, she said.

“We are hoping to have raised $2,000 tonight,” Vivado said. “The effort represents hundreds of hours by our parents and wonderful donations from local merchants.”

The troop, which is sponsored by Magnolia Park United Methodist Church, also is raising funds with the community discount card. It costs $10 and offers discounts at Flappers Comedy Club, Racer's Edge and other businesses. To get one, email troop201fundraising@gmail.com.

Former Assistant Scoutmaster Don Peterson, who is the liaison between the church and troop, remembered a rafting trip he and wife Debbie went on when their son David was in the troop 30 years ago.

On the way to Snake River in Idaho, they stopped at Circus Circus in Las Vegas, where the boys won several stuffed animals in the arcade. Since there was no place to store the prizes, they ended up on a raft going down the river along with the boys, Peterson said.

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