Photo by Heather Middleton
By Maria-Jose Subiria
A local Jonesboro Cub Scout pack will soon celebrate 50 years of history.
Cub Scout Pack 543, at the Jonesboro First United Methodist Church, in Jonesboro, is preparing to celebrate its 50th anniversary during the "Blue and Gold Banquet," on Feb. 26, at 4 p.m., at the church, said Amber Mays, a leader of Cub Scout Pack 543, and a member of the pack's committee. The church is located at 142 South Main St.
The Cub Scout leader said that Feb. 26, is not their official anniversary date, but it was chosen in correlation with the celebration of the Boys Scouts of America anniversary, which occurs during the month of February.
Mays said that in anticipation of the celebration, the pack would like to locate a former member who participated when the pack was officially chartered, on March 1, 1961. This member will be an honored guest at the banquet.
The pack is also in search of former pack members who participated in the 1960s and 1970s. Individuals who fit these qualifications should call (404) 313-5377, by Feb. 19, the Cub Scout leader said.
"The fact that we've been supported by the church [Jonesboro First United Methodist Church] for so long...it's a big honor to be around that long in working order," said Mays.
Former members who were a part of the pack in the 60s and 70s, should bring memorabilia, pictures, badges, pins and items they created, she said. Members are encouraged to share how they experienced Cup Scout Pack 543. This will enlighten current members of the changes the pack experienced in five decades, she said.
"It [items] is not to keep, it's just to show off to the boys," said Mays.
Mays added that the pack celebrates the Blue and Gold Banquet annually.
The banquet's title contains the words "Blue and Gold," because those are the official colors of Cub Scouting, she said. For most packs, the banquet is the highlight of the year, she said.
"Almost all...packs have their own ceremonies," she said. "It's a big deal. Almost all Cub Scout [packs] do it."
The banquet will include a catered meal and a speaker who will elaborate on the event's theme, entitled, "Resourcefulness," she said.
Several dignitaries are expected to attend the banquet, although it was not yet known, on Tuesday, who will attend, said Mays.
Clayton County Sheriff Kem Kimbrough, said both of his sons have belonged to Cub Scout Pack 543, for two years. Due to his children's participation with the pack, his wife serves as a secretary for the pack's leadership council, he said.
"It's an activity she took on as [a] parent," said Kimbrough of his wife. "It is her commitment to support our children's activities."
He said involving children in positive programs, such as Cub Scouts, is another way to instill good community values for them.
Kimbrough said he took his sons to a Scouting expo. The children enjoyed the expo and the skills that were demonstrated.
"I was ecstatic that they told me they were interested," said the sheriff.
When asked how he felt about the pack's 50th anniversary, Kimbrough responded, "I am very proud for us to continue building our roots here in Clayton County, helping connect our past with our future. Clayton County has such a rich history."
Kimbrough added that as Cub Scouts grow up and move beyond Scouting, they will contribute greatly to their communities.
"Every good Scout turns into a great citizen, and good citizens do great things in their community," he added.