Scouts BSA Troop 609, based in Beverly / Morgan Park, will celebrate 100 continuous years of serving youth in the community with a special anniversary event on Fri., Nov. 25, 7 to 10 p.m., at Morgan Park United Methodist Church, 11030 S. Longwood Dr.
The current members and leaders of Troop 609 invite alumni of all ages to join the celebration which will include refreshments, time to mingle and reconnect with fellow alumni, and a program featuring stories and images from the Troop’s history. Alumni are encouraged to submit their own personal stories and photographs to be included in the program.
“Troop 609 has been a pillar of the Beverly community for 100 years,” said George Mulcrone, current Troop 609 Scoutmaster. “Founded by the Eppley family and largely led by various generations of Eppleys, Troop 609 has produced over 100 Eagle Scouts. Not every boy or, nowadays, girl make Eagle Scout, which is the highest Scouting rank; but each young person will learn something from scouting that makes them a better person. And that may be the proudest accomplishment of past and present Troop families as well as past and present leaders.”
Admission to the Nov. 25 celebration is free but reservations are required by Nov. 14 at scouting609.com/home/100th-year-anniversary
Boy Scout Troop 609 of the Pathway to Adventure Council (formerly Chicago Area Council) was Chartered by the Boy Scouts of America to Morgan Park Baptist Church on Feb. 10, 1922. Troop 609 has the longest consecutive number of summers under its own adult leadership at Chicago Area Council’s Owasippe Scout Reservation located near Whitehall, Michigan. Scout Troop 609 has been teaching the Scout Oath and Law to boys since 1922 and to girls since 2019. Troop 609 has served countless youth in the Beverly/Morgan Park community, and produced over 100 Eagle Scouts in its 100 year history. For more information, visit www.scouting609.com