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SE Corner: Commemorating A Century-Old Tragedy

A Memorial For 1922 Lightning Victims Near Butte

Hello Team 315,

As summer comes to a close and the school year kicks off, I’d like to first thank you for all of your efforts in recruiting new scouts and families into our program. There is no more important task than keeping Scouting significant throughout our state.

Secondly, I want to recognize a very special event that recently took place in our Vigilante District.

On Aug. 22, 1922, nine Boy Scouts and their Scoutmaster were struck by lightning while hiking near the Highland Lookout Tower at Devil’s Peak near Butte, resulting in severe injuries and one death.

I am thankful to have been present during the recent ceremony as Scouts, Scouters and descendants of the victims, revealed a memorial for the century-old tragedy.

A very special thanks to Tina King who spearheaded the Scouts’ connection to this important story in our history. The Council was honored to help contribute $1,000 towards the creation of the memorial on behalf of Tina’s efforts.  

This story highlights the root of what Scouting is all about. Tragedy struck and Scouts acted. It is incredible to note that the honor medals given to those Scouts were presented by Warren G. Harding, the sitting President of the United States, and James E. West, the National Commissioner of the BSA.

It is good to hear yet another story on just how relevant what we do really is. Thanks, to all of you, who take time from your lives to teach the values of Scouting to this generation. You are more appreciated than you may realize.

Scout on!

Jory Dellinger
Scout Executive & CEO


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