The Pleasanton stake of the Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints (Mormon) will join in a nationwide multi-media celebration today celebrating the church's 100th anniversary of its affiliation with the Boy Scouts of America.
The community and families of all faiths are invited to share in the free celebration broadcast, called "A Century of Honor," which will start at 6 p.m. at the Pleasanton LDS center, 6100 Paseo Santa Cruz.
Scout uniforms are encouraged but not required. A traditional Scouting "Cracker Barrel" (refreshments) will follow the broadcast.
Ken Mano, a member of the Pleasanton stake, said the LDS church officially affiliated with the Boys Scouts on May 21, 1913. Since then, millions of youths and adults have registered in LDS-sponsored Scouting units and the leaders of the two organizations have worked together on character, citizenship and fitness programs to help the young men.
He said the LDS Church was BSA's first official chartered organization to sponsor Scouting, and it remains today the largest single institutional partner in number of boys and number of units served.
The 100th anniversary commemoration is being held in the 21,000-seat Conference Center in Salt Lake City. The event will report on activities and achievements of the Scouting organization over the past century and will include three Scout choirs including a multi-generation Eagle Scout choir.