Boy Scouts of America to Celebrate 100th Anniversary at Minute Maid Park Will Be Scout’s Largest Celebration in the Nation

Style News Wire | 2/16/2010, 8:08 p.m.
The Sam Houston Area Council of the Boy Scouts will celebrate the 100th Anniversary of the Boy Scouts of America ...

The private event, which is expected to draw close to 15,000 attendees, 13,000 of which will be Boy Scouts and their families, will be the largest 100th Anniversary celebration in the United States. In addition to celebrating the 100th Anniversary, the Sam Houston Area Council is hosting the event to increase awareness for the BSA.

Astros Chairman and CEO Drayton McLane, who is a Vice President of the Executive Board for the BSA’s National Board, will officially welcome the evening’s guests at the start of the program. Former Astros Craig Biggio and Doug Brocail and players from the Tex­ans, Rockets and Aeros are also scheduled to attend.

The event will also include several high-profile guests, including Texas Governor Rick Perry, who is a Distinguished Eagle Scout, U.S. Senator Kay Bailey Hutchinson and former NASA astronaut Jim Lovell, who was Commander of the Apollo 13 mission and also is a Distinguished Eagle Scout. Former NFL quarterback Gifford Nielsen will serve as the master of ceremonies. The night’s festivities will include a special presentation honoring Sam Houston Area Council Elder Statesman Harry E. Bovay, Jr.

Several booths will be set up on the main concourse of Minute Maid Park to display the scouting experience and its long history. Original paintings by famed artist Norman Rockwell and Joseph Csatari, who is the official artist of the BSA and a protege of Rock­well, are currently on display in the Union Station lobby. The art display in the lobby is open to the public today and Wednesday from 9 a.m. to 5 p.m.