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July 6, 2014

Scout reunion set, leader to be recognized

ENID, Okla. — A number of former Boy Scouts and leaders will see each other for the first time in decades when the first reunion of Boy Scout Troop 251 is held in Woodward later this month.

Reunion festivities will begin at 10 a.m. July 19 with the former Boy Scouts appearing in the Woodward Elks Rodeo parade.

During the reunion, former Scoutmaster Dr. D.L. Ferd Waddell will be recognized with a city of Woodward proclamation declaring July 19, 2014, as Scoutmaster Ferd Waddell Troop 251 Day.

Waddell was the leader of Troop 251 for 13 years — from 1965 to 1978. He awarded the Eagle Scout badge to 32 Boy Scouts and wrote a book, “There They Go! I Must Hasten to Join Them For I Am Their Leader.”

“He’s just a real good guy. He’s a retired veterinarian and he’s so excited about this,” reunion organizer Linda Jo Meyer said.

Meyer, a mother of three Eagle Scouts, decided to organize the reunion because her father was an assistant leader for Troop 251 and Waddell asked her 12 years ago if she would hold a reunion.

“It’s unheard of for boys to become men, and be grandfathers now, and they haven’t seen each other for 45 years,” Meyer said.

Reunion events will continue at 4 p.m. with a presentation on the history of scouting by Dr. Doug Cook, an Eagle Scout from Guthrie.

The proclamation will be given to Waddell at 5 p.m., followed by stories from the former Boy Scouts at 6 p.m.

There are 33 former Boy Scouts and leaders committed to attending the reunion, Meyer said.

She still is searching for several former members of Troop 251, including Steve Meier, William Harl, Jeff Bennyhoff, Tim Dye, Greg Coldwell, Greg Wolfe, Chuck Wolfe, Clark Chansler, John De Shasher, Jim Waugh, David Peter and Bobby Star.

Boy Scouts from troops in northwest Oklahoma are invited to attend the reunion, according to Meyer.

“I’m inviting anyone that was a Boy Scout because they will know Dr. Waddell from 13 years going over there to Cleo Springs — they will know him from Camp Williams,” she said.

For more information about the event, call Meyer at (580) 256-5726.

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