Boy Scouts Celebrate 100 Years

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GCBA was invited to demonstrate for the celebration of 100 years of Scouting in America on Oct 22-24, 2010. The Istrouma Council held their Centennial Camporee celebration at the Avondale Scout Reservation near Clinton LA. Several thousand scouts and cub scouts and their families attended and kept our demonstrators busy. The reservation has a Blacksmith shop where our forges and anvils were setup.

Working at the anvils or talking with the crowds were Tom Flynn, Sid Gale, Glenn Wesley, Wayne Cash, Dennis Rohner, Jay Barksdale, Chuck Robinson and Norbert Delph.

Wayne brought three pounds of double headed nails which he flattened into “Mini Swords” which couldn’t be made fast enough for the eager Scouts. Sid and Tom worked on forging square stock and proving Tom to be the “Strongest Man in Louisiana” as he twisted the bars. Norbert made hooks and nails. Sid explained the importance of the Blacksmith in the pioneer and pre-auto years. Chuck and Dennis had tables with samples of their work and the tools used to produce them. Their tables attracted as many dads as Scouts with their display of knives and explanations of the steps to make them.

At the close of the day we were presented a special plaque as thanks for supporting the Scouts and their celebration.

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