DOWNEY - Boy Scout Troop 351 celebrated its 20th anniversary Sept. 24 with a special service at First Baptist Church of Downey, attended by more than 160 troop supporters, including former scouts, leaders and Eagle Scouts.The troop was chartered on Sept. 4, 1991, with sponsorship from the now-defunct Downey Junior Chamber of Commerce. They are currently sponsored by the Downey Baptist church. The first scoutmaster was Rich Holt. The troop has been largely successful, frequently earning the Honor Unit Award. To date, 29 young men have achieved the rank of Eagle Scout. Summer camp, the highlight of the troop's outdoor program has been held every year, its location rotating amongst several camps "to keep the experience interesting." The troop is active in the community, having served as color guard for church services and at City Hall meetings. All 29 Eagle Scout projects benefited the community. The troop has had eight scoutmasters and six committee chairmen over their 20 years.
********** Published: October 06, 2011 - Volume 10 - Issue 25