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Boys Scouts participate in Patriot Games

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Local group Boy Scouts of America Troop 616 visited Ft. Knox on Oct. 12-14 to participate in Patriot Games.

Patriot Games is a council-wide encampment. The event had been hosted in 2003, 2005 and 2007. After that, organizers took a break from hosting the event because of the high level of commitment from our armed forces.

In 2007, more than 8,000 Scouts, leaders and visitors enjoyed a weekend of camping, activities, displays, challenge courses, archery, fishing, Patton Museum tours, military vehicles, aircraft and much more.

The chairman of the event was retired Major General Bill Barron. He is an Eagle Scout who has just completed a 40-year career with the United States Army.

The event is designed to offer something to scouts of all ages, including Cub Scouts, Boy Scouts and Venture Scouts.

Camping on Friday night at Keyes Park was followed by a day of activities and fun and another night of camping before the event concluded on Sunday morning.

This year, the boys of Troop 616 were asked to be the color guard for the opening ceremonies in front of a crowd estimated at 8,000 or more.

They carried in and displayed the American flag and their Troop 616 flag while several dignitaries spoke.

The Post Commander of Ft. Knox, Major General Jefforey A. Smith, was the primary speaker at the opening, and afterward he greeted the members of the color guard.

While speaking to the boys he presented each of them a Commanding General coin, which is a special honor not afforded to any other scouts who attended the weekend.