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Fifty years of Scouts' honor

Chamberland celebrating five decades of commitment to Boy Scouts

Thomas Chamberland recently celebrated 50 years with the Boy Scouts. (click for larger version)
September 09, 2012
STURBRIDGE — Many Boy Scout practices and programs have changed over the years, but Thomas Chamberland's commitment to the organization has always been constant.

Chamberland has enjoyed a lifetime passion for the Boy Scouts, beginning when he entered his first troop back in 1962 at the age of 11. Fifty years later, he can still remember some of his experiences during that first year as a member of Troop 161 out of Sturbridge. At the time, each camper at Treasure Valley was instructed to bring with him a tick bag to fill with hay from a large pile in order to make a mattress.

"The older boys had seniority; they went first and filled their bags," Chamberland said with a chuckle. "I remember being the low guy on the totem pole, and me and some of the other first-year kids were out scavenging for pine needles to fill our bags with, as there was nothing left of the hay by the time it was our turn."

For more on this story, please see tomorrow's Southbridge Evening News.

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