Assistant Scoutmaster Brian Hogue (far right) and Troop 3 Boy Scouts.
Everyone does it. Casual conversations begin about getting the “old gang” back together if everyone can get away.
For area Boy Scouts, Steven Furrow is that individual who decided to begin finding men who were part of Troop 3 in the Boy Scouts for a reunion.
“A bunch had talked about it on our Facebook group, but we only kept meeting up at funerals,” Furrow said. “I finally figured that we should actually try to get everyone who had ever been in Troop 3 together. It didn’t really get out there until I created a page on Facebook. That’s when it really took off.”
Furrow’s plan began to quickly circulate its way around the Internet, locating more people who had been part of the troop in the past.
“It has exploded more over the last month or so,” Furrow said. “When more people started hearing about it, they found other people, some of whose names I had never heard before. The people that are harder to reach, though, are members of the troop before the 1980s, because most of them … don’t use the Internet.”
Furrow’s hope is that as many men as possible who have been a part of Troop 3 will catch wind of the reunion so they can attend. For those who cannot, Furrow has created a survey on www.SurveyMonkey.com with personal questions that outline what they have been up to since their years in the Boy Scouts, what their job is and generally what their life is like now, as well as contact information.
“What I plan on doing with the surveys is placing them out for people to see at the reunion,” Furrow said. “That way, if people are wondering where a certain person is or what they are up to, they are still able to find out without them being there.”
The reunion will be 4 to 8 p.m. Saturday, Nov. 28, at the Upper Alton Baptist Church, one of the Scouts’ old stomping grounds.
“It will be more like a potluck,” Furrow said. “People can bring whatever they want, whether it be leftovers from their Thanksgiving or just an appetizer. It’ll just be a time to catch up and talk about memories we have had, and I hope a lot of people can be there.”