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Former Boy Scout Need Help Looking For Scrapbook From 1940s

Last updated on Sunday, October 7, 2012

(WASHINGTON) - Former Boy Scout Dennis Boring is trying to preserve a little bit of local Scouting history, but he’s run up against a brick wall he can’t quite scale.

Washington Times-Herald reports, Boring, who was a Boy Scout in the 1950s, is looking for a missing scrapbook filled with photos and newspaper clippings he believes dates back to at least the 1940s.

The decades-old book chronicles camping trips, the 40th anniversary of Scouting and other activities in which the Boy ScoutTroop 70 participated.

Boring says the pages are made of cardboard, and pictures are attached to the cardboard pages. The front and back are wood.

The scrapbook's dimensions are roughly a foot long by 9 or 10 inches wide, Boring said, adding it's not lightweight reading material and would be hard to misplace. Nonetheless, the scrapbook documenting the adventures of Troop 70 is nowhere to be found.

Boring, who was an active member of Troop 70, borrowed the scrapbook from former Scoutmaster Stan Murdock in the 1970s and photographed the pages with slide film. Those were the days before scanners and digital technology, he pointed out.

So Boring decided to borrow the scrapbook again and scan the pages to make better-quality digital images.

But Murdock had given it to someone Boring didn't know, and now Murdock is gone and his son, Mike, doesn't know what happened to the scrapbook. The troop met at the Methodist Church, it's Christ United Methodist now.

Anyone knowing the scrapbook's whereabouts can call Boring at 698-1075.

One of the nation's first Boy Scout Troops was formed in Indiana in 1910. There currently are nine Boy Scout Councils in the Hoosier state. Daviess County is part of the Hoosier Trails Council, White River Trails District.

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