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POSTED: October 23, 2009 10:05 a.m.
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There are four commemorative cookie tins.

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Coastal Empire Council of Boy Scouts of America kicks off its celebration of the 100th anniversary scouting with an expo in Savannah this weekend.
And, besides Liberty and Long County troops and packs participating, our area is represented by sales of commemorative cookie tins dreamed up by Midway’s George Ginter.
“I’ve got Scout manuals back to the early 1900s and thought the covers would make good covers for some commemorative items,” the veteran scout said.
The council reports that he and a committee worked with Byrd Cookie Co. to design the custom labels for the commemorative tins. There are four tins, representing different eras of the 100 years of scouting in the U.S.
They will be on sale at the expo, which is open to the public and shows off various skills and projects of scouting.
The expo will be at the National Guard Armory on Eisenhower and scouts and their leaders will camp over the weekend. They’ll also set up booths the public will be welcome to tour from 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. Saturday.
The theme is Scouting is International! And the expo will include approximately 100 booths representing different countries that have Scouting programs as well as a variety of activities and demonstrations.
The expo is part of the Scouting’s centennial celebration that started Sept. 1 and runs through Dec. 31, 2010.
The council’s celebration has five events planned, including the expo, in different locales throughout the council.
The events are expected to include a Scout Fest, March 19-21, at a site to be determined in Hinesville. With the theme: “Duty to Country,” the organizer is Steve George.
Other events will be a jamboree in late April in Statesboro, a reunion in August in Savannah and ongoing religious awards ceremonies throughout the region.
 

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