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Local Leader Celebrates Golden Anniversary with Boy Scouts

“On my honor, I will do my best….”

It’s the start of the Boy Scout oath and one Truman Anderson, 88, knows well. He has given his best as a Boy Scout Leader for 50 years now. 

The Grace Living Center Buffalo resident began his journey with scouting five decades ago when he was in his 20s and the father of three sons and one daughter. He said he first read the Boy Scout manual and then had his skills quickly put to the test. He went out with a leader, hiked five miles, cooked a meal without utensils and completed all of the tasks required to become a Boy Scout leader and so it began.

This year, Anderson celebrates his golden anniversary as a Boy Scout leader. Virtually every man in his 60s who was a Boy Scout in Buffalo had Anderson as his leader. 

“Truman shows kindness to all and has been a positive light guiding others on many adventures through the years. He has had a profound impact on the lives of so many within our community,” said David Reed, administrator of Grace Living Center Buffalo.

One of Anderson’s favorite scouting memories was an adventure in Idaho where he said he had the pleasure of meeting the wife of Boy Scouts founder, Lord Baden Powell. He considered that a huge privilege and is still thrilled that he had that opportunity.

Anderson helped many a scout earn many a merit badge, and Anderson, himself, earned the Silver Beaver Award, a prestigious award bestowed on only a few Boy Scout leaders.

“It is truly an honor to have Truman as part of our community. He lives the Boy Scout oath every day,” Reed said.

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