Two brightly colored birthday cakes and plenty of proclamations were all part of Honesdale Boy Scout Troop 1’s Centennial celebration Tuesday night.


Two brightly colored birthday cakes and plenty of proclamations were all part of Honesdale Boy Scout Troop 1’s Centennial celebration Tuesday night.

Many well-wishers had gathered at the Presbyterian Chapel in Honesdale to congratulate the Scouts and their leaders, past and present, on 100 successful years.

Federal, state and local dignitaries were represented, recognizing the Troops accomplishments and wishing them well into the future.

“Federal and state elected officials were notified of this event, and each and everyone of them wanted to make sure they sent along congratulations ... just really, really indicative of the respect for Troop 1 and the wonderful job that they’ve done,” said Wayne County Commissioner Tony Herzog.

“They’re being recognized for 76 Eagle Scouts, 100 years of service in the community, the scout leaders, the parents and the boys all are a very unified force for good in our community and we’re very proud to support that,” he said. 

Asked why each one of us should be proud of the kids, Herzog replied, “Because there are so many negative forces in the world today, this is a real force for good. And I think this example should be duplicated in other places, whether its in our county or elsewhere,” he said.

The kids are the leaders of tomorrow and the life-skills they learn in Scouts will carry over into their futures.

 Asked what he sees when he looks into the eyes of the kids, Jurkowski said, “Promise. That’s our future. The future of our community. The future of our nation. To be able to impact some of the ethics and values that Boy Scouts of America has instilled in youth for the last 100 years, if I have that opportunity to help them along that path and to build memories and experiences that will last a lifetime, that’s what I see in their eyes. And that’s really what drives me to continue to do what I do and serve in this position.

“Very few troops across the country can say that they’re 100 years-old, and to have the turnout here and be able to recognize the troop for this accomplishment is something special,” Jurkowski said.

May 24th (1911) marked the day Edward Jenkins, the first Scoutmaster of Honesdale Troop 1, was commissioned by the Boy Scouts of America; Tuesday’s 100th birthday acknowledged that momentous occasion.

The yearlong celebration, which kicked off in February with an ecumenical church service, will culminate in November with a public reunion/recognition dinner at Camp Ladore.