This Saturday, Sept. 28, there will be a Boy Scout Jamboree five miles north of Graham at the Warrior Ranch on Turtle Hole Rd. Annual recruiting events like these are nothing new to Graham scouting, but this year's event carries added pressure to increase involvement in the organization. 

This summer, after a controversial May 23 decision made by the Boy Scouts of America allowing openly homosexual boys to become scouts, every scout master of Troop 92 in Graham resigned. 

Alex Heartfield is an Eagle Scout and has been asked by his church and scout chartering organization, First United Methodist here in Graham, to help organize this year's jamboree. He was told that Troop 92 has until the end of the year to reestablish the troop in order to carry on the charter.

“The charter is good through the end of this year,” Heartfield said. “So that's how I got involved with it. During that process, we decided that we were trying to figure out a way to get some kids involved and get some adult leaders involved, and so we felt that instead of having a meeting to tell people about Boy Scouts, we should have a jamboree and show them what the Boy Scouts are all about.”

To read more, pick up Wednesday's Graham Leader.