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Feb 7, 2010 1:55 AM by Danielle Lerner

Hundreds of people in Santa Maria celebrate a century of scouting

Hundreds of boy scouts descended on the Santa Maria Town Center Mall Saturday.

This year marks the organization's 100th anniversary and families from all over the country joined in the celebration.

From the rubberband shooting gallery to the challenging climbing wall, boy scouts from across the Central Coast were strutting their stuff at the annual Scout-O-Rama.

"It's two fold number," said Rick TerBorch, council president. "One, our scouting families are here and they're getting to see what's going on as well as you know the general public is coming down and seeing what we're doing."

While scout masters helped the kids with their crafts, scouts like 12-year-old Nathan Nuttell shared some of the program's perks.

"We go on campouts every month and that's fun and it teaches life-saving skills and stuff like that," Nuttell said.

As of this year it has been teaching those skills for a century, and Assemblyman Sam Blakeslee was on hand to commemorate the milestone.

"They've raised young men up, young boys to be men, and they're a legend that everyone knows and respects," said Blakeslee.

A legacy filled with tradition and pride.

A day to celebrate the past and look forward to the future.

"Our core mission is to build youth into better citizens, and that's what we do," said TerBorch.

Organizers say in San Luis Obispo and Santa Barbara Counties alone more than 9,000 families participate in some level of scouting.

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