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Boy Scouts turn 100

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WILMINGTON, NC (WECT) - The Boy Scouts of America is celebrating its centennial this week.

Current and formal Eagle Scouts marked the event by gathering on the steps of courthouses across the country.

Such events took place Monday at the New Hanover, Pender, Brunswick, Columbus and Bladen County Court Houses.  A much larger gathering was scheduled at the State Capitol in Raleigh.

Nationwide, millions of alumni took part in the ceremonies.  They will nostalgically recall canoe trips, campfires, and hikes along country roads.

Locally, you can find several community leaders who came up through the Boy Scout ranks.  The list includes:

Joe Augustine -  Retired Chamber of Commerce Director
Dr. Rick Bahner -  Physician
Dr. Ben Barker  -  Retired Dean of UNC School of Dentistry
Judge J.H. Corpening -  District Court Judge
John Burney -  Attorney
Frank Jones -  Attorney
Dickson McLean -  Attorney
Dr. Tom Dalton -   Physician
Dr. Bryan Durham -  Physician
Bert Exum -  Developer
Dr. Doug Fry -  Dentist
John Goldsworth -  Wachovia Bank SVP
Jeff Keeter -  Attorney
Dr. Joseph Kittinger -  Physician
John Lennon -  Real Estate Broker
Keith Miller -  Future Home
Dr. Kenny Morris, Jr. -  Dentist
Sandy McNeill -  Liberty Healthcare Services
Ronnie McNeill -  Liberty Healthcare Services
Jim Morton -  Wilmington Airport
Chad Paul -  Developer
Dr. Ed Paul -  Honorary Consul of Belize
Grayson Powell -  Developer
Bob Rippy -  Jungle Rapids Owner
Bill Rose -  Real Estate Broker
Ty Rowell -  Retired from UNCW Advancement Office
Dr. Brady Semmel -  Dentist
Bill Squire -  Management Group
Eelco Tinga -  Tinga Nursery
Mark Tinsley -  Developer
Dr. Ellis Tinsley, Jr. -  Physician
Bob Walton -  Retired Vice Chancellor at UNCW
Ren Williamson -  Stock Broker
David Flory -  Mortgage Broker
Patrick Boykin -  First Citizens Bank

The Boy Scouts formed on Feb. 8 in Chicago 100 years ago. It was the invention of publisher W. D. Boyce who stole the idea after making a trip to Europe.

Every year the organization has about 4 million members.

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