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Public invited to Boy Scout Troop 99 aniversary event

Staff Writer
Echo Pilot

Greencastle Boy Scout Troop 99 plans to honor its 83 Eagle Scouts at its 50th Anniversary Celebration scheduled for Aug. 22. The Eagle Scout recognition will be part of the evening dinner program at the Troop celebration to be held in the new dining hall at Camp Sinoquipe in Fort Littleton.

Each of the 535 scouts that have gone through the Troop 99 program over the last half-century experienced summer camp at Camp Sinoquipee in Fort Littleton. As a result, the troop's anniversary planning committee chose the camp to hold its event.  Coincidently, the camp, owned by the Mason Dixon Council, just opened its new $1.2 million air conditioned dining hall making it the perfect time to bring scouting alumni back to the camp.

The anniversary event will begin at 3 p.m. with a Troop Court of Honor, held outdoors in the Council Fire Ring. Immediately following will be a vesper service held in the camp chapel, led by Troop 99 alumnus, Pastor Greg Kell of Grace Bible Church in Greencastle.  At 5 p.m. there will be a social followed by a buffet dinner starting at 6 p.m. The event's keynote speaker will be C. Greg Hoover, superintendent of the Greencastle-Antrim School District. At 8 p.m. the troop will end its anniversary celebration with a campfire program, again held in the campfire ring.

 Featured at the event will be a large-scale silent auction to benefit the troop's programs. Auction items include Penn State football tickets, a travel package to Universal Studios, Florida, a Chippendale mirror, a park bench and a hand carved cane, as well as other special premiums.

Troop scouting alumni and friends of the troop are welcome to attend the troop celebration by making a dinner reservation in advance. Readers may contact the Troop's anniversary committee at troop99anniversary@comcast.net or visit the troop's website at www.scoutsonline.com for information.

For additional information, contact Troop 99's 50th Anniversary Chairperson Randall Ackerman at rackerman@psu.edu or at 717-749-6116.