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Auburn Boy Scout Troop 401 celebrates 90 years
For the Reporter
Troop 401, one of the longest-running Boy Scout Troops in its council as well as in Washington state, celebrated 90 years on Saturday.
The anniversary celebration at Messiah Lutheran Church featured a special guest, Rob McKenna, former Republican state attorney general and gubernatorial candidate, and many of the 81 Eagle Scouts who have been part of Troop 401's long history of youth development and community service.
The reunion included Judge Eugene Otis, Troop 401's oldest Boy Scout leader who was born the same year the troop was founded in 1923. He achieved his Eagle Scout in 1938.
Troop 401, in conjunction with its chartering partner, the Kiwanis Club of Auburn, has provided a scouting program since 1923 in the Cascade foothills community. What began as Troop 1 under Scoutmaster Harlan R. Stone more than 90 years ago, remains as strong and visible in the Auburn community today.
Troop 401 of today is 50 strong under Scoutmasters John Wilson, Chris Cushing and Gordon Bair. The year-round program is filled with activities and service – from camps and hikes, work parties to special tours, fundraisers to clean-up detail.