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The new Scout Statue in Lakefront Park will be formally dedicated Sunday, Sept. 20. The ceremony will include local officials, scouts and John Andrews, Scout Executive (CEO) of the Northern Star Council BSA. Photo by Randy Hanson

Scout statue dedication set in Lakefront Park Sept. 20

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The public is invited to participate in the dedication of the Scout Statue in Lakefront Park on Sunday, Sept. 20 at 2 p.m.

The six-foot bronze statue of an idealized Scout, looking downriver, commemorates the 100th anniversary of one of the very first Scout encampments that took place just south of Hudson. It is one of six similar statues being placed throughout the Northern Star Council's service area in celebration of Scouting's Centennial both nationally and locally.

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Hudson was selected in recognition of its history as a strong Scouting community, which continues to today. Last year more than 450 young people in 12 Scouting packs/troops were involved in Cub Scouts or Boy Scouts, supported by over 140 volunteer adult leaders. Last year thirteen local Scouts achieved the Eagle Scout Award, Scouting's highest rank.

The statue is one of the most iconic images of Scouting throughout its first century. First created by sculptor Dr. R. Tait McKenzie in 1914 at the request of the Philadelphia Council, it was originally cast as an 18 inch-high statuette. The founders of Scouting subscribed the first 10 at $100 each.

Beginning in 1916, plaster, bronze and later epoxy reproductions were sold, including smaller desk ornaments that became highly popular. McKenzie created a life-size updated version that was unveiled in 1937. Today, these life-size statues are exhibited throughout the United Sates and in other countries around the Scouting world.

The statue will stand on a boulder base with two lines of text:

Scouting ... Good for Life

An American Tradition Since 1910

Landscaping and site preparation in Lakefront Park has been underway by area Scouts and leaders. They will also assist in the dedication ceremony, joined by John Andrews, Scout Executive (CEO) of the Northern Star Council BSA, who will formally present the statue to the City of Hudson.

This dedication is a key component of the Council's 18-month long Centennial celebration that will include a Centennial Patch Program, recognizing participants for making a difference in their communities, local Scouting birthday parties, a council-wide encampment, and the production of a 248 page local Scouting history book - "Honor Bright A Century of Scouting in Northern Star Council."

Northern Star Council BSA serves young people in 21 central Minnesota counties and Burnett, Polk, St Croix and Pierce counties of western Wisconsin. For more information on Scouting and the Centennial, visit www.NorthernStarBSA.org or call 763-231-7271 or toll free: 877-231-7276.

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