Elks Lodge in Oak Grove, which is the troop's official sponsor, will host Feb. 22 reception

All members of the community are welcome to attend Milwaukie Boy Scout Troop 143's 75th anniversary celebration as members share their troop's historical mementos as well as their vision for the future.

PHOTO COURTESY: KARESSA RICKMAN - Enjoying an outing at Camp Meriwether are Milwaukie Boy Scout Troop 143 members (back row, from left) Jaden Barker, Rhythm Townsend, George Miller, Wyatt Bodenheimer, Cilxusasqet Friedlander, Christian Rainville and Noah Wilson; (front row, from left) Jayden Gumm, Marcus Diaz and Dominic Canedy.Scott Gumm, current scoutmaster for Troop 143, said old records indicate the troop worked at the Milwaukie Pioneer Cemetery and held Memorial Day flag ceremonies there since the 1960s. The Milwaukie Elks Lodge is the troop's official sponsoring organization.

"The boys partner with the Elks to help with their children's haunted house, which funds backpacks filled with food for local schoolchildren. They have devoted entire weekends to maintaining the Pioneer Cemetery and have restored, raised and replaced several graves through Eagle projects," Gumm said. "The boys have collected and distributed food for the hungry annually in our Scouting for Food program, they have participated in tree-planting events with the council. They regularly help out with Elks Lodge charity events and Veterans Day and Flag Day ceremonies."

Anyone who was in Troop 143 is encouraged to bring their boyhood scouting memories and memorabilia to share as the troop celebrates its milestone. The free 75th-anniversary event will be held from 7 to 9 p.m. Thursday, Feb. 22, in the annex behind the Milwaukie Elks Lodge, 13121 S.E. McLoughlin Blvd., Oak Grove. Cake and refreshments will be served.

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