Scout museum concept inches forward

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After four meetings and much behind-the-scenes work, it appears the dream to make Los Alamos the headquarters for a regional museum highlighting scouting is slowly inching toward reality. 

“I heard some really good ideas and it sounds like they’re taking some great first steps,” said Brad Gasway, father of Cade Gasway, a Boy Scout in Los Alamos’ troop 122. “It’s also very ambitious ... maybe if we take some small steps, we can go from there.” 

Cade, who has achieved the rank of “Star,” the third highest ranking in scouting, agreed, adding, “We need more people to show up to the meetings, too.” 

While attendance at the meetings has been fairly sparse, the most recent meeting included Ken Thomas, Relf Price and Sandra Jenkins, all active members in scouting.  

One of the museum’s chief supporters is Vernon Kerr, who has been involved in scouting since he was a Cub Scout in a troop out of Gallup. He also helped organize Cub Scout Pack 326 in White Rock in 1963, was an assistant scoutmaster with Troop 326 and was also a post advisor for Explorer Post 326. 

He agrees progress is slow, but he thinks they will eventually achieve their goals if they follow through. One of the things they accomplished at the meeting was establishing a planning committee, which will meet May 28 at the Church of the Latter Day Saints at 1967 18th Street. The meeting will start at 7 p.m. 

“Any of our meetings are open and we welcome everybody,” Kerr said.

Besides getting a planning committee together, the group also plans to have a membership drive soon. 

“We hope to be out at the next big public event,” he said.

Another way they are looking to drum up public interest for the idea is through memorabilia. Kerr said he’s already visited with many of the businesses and institutions in town to see about setting up display cases of donated Scouting memorabilia. 

“The library has a display case we can use, but we will need some display cases for the other locations we’re considering. Other places Kerr mentioned at the meeting included Los Alamos National Bank, Fuller Lodge, and the new county municipal building.

“Los Alamos National Bank said ‘maybe’ and the assistant to County Administrator Harry Burgess said they are looking for items to display in the new building, so he will get back to me,” Kerr said at the meeting, adding that this was one project they could do without having to have a museum yet.