At the sixth Annual Scout Week Breakfast Jan. 30, the Waldo Scout District kicked off its year-long celebration of 100 years of Scouting in the United States. Cub Scouts, Boy Scouts, Venturers, their parents, brothers and sisters and invited guests packed the Belfast High School cafeteria for a free pancake breakfast put on by the Friends of Scouting.

Following the breakfast there were a number of presentations. Jim Robbins presented a summary of the Kathadin Area Council Centennial activities that will occur throughout the year. The Centennial Celebration ends in October with a Centennial Camporee on the Bangor Waterfront.

Cindy Abbott presented the results of the District’s Centennial Massive Food Drive. The Scouts who collected more than 100 items apiece were presented with a special centennial patch. Scouts receiving the patch were: Aaron Thomas and Hushai Thomas from LDS Troop 938; Jeffrey Frost and Dacian Roberts from Troop 34, Frankfort; Harley Gaudette from Troop 233, Unity; Connor Fraser, Alex Hooper and Dylon Grant from Troop 215, Searsport, and Wayne Labombarde Jr., Mickhail Kroening, Toby Kroening and Dallas Kroening from Pack 215, Searsport.

District Commissioner John Carrick presented the Stover Award to Gilles Lanctot. The Stover Award was established to recognize Waldo District adult scouters for their commitment to a specific community-scouting unit and/or the Waldo District Scouting Program. The award is named in honor of Gloria and Henry Stover, who had a combined century of scouting service in Belfast and the Waldo District. The award is presented annually at the Scout Breakfast. This is the fourth presentation of the Stover Award.

Carrick commented that Gil is a living example of a lifelong scouter. His scouting experience did not end with his achievement of the Eagle rank in the Mohegan Council in Worcester, Mass. Gil served his country in Vietnam as a member of the Army Combat Engineers, he owned and operated a trucking business, and he continued his involvement in scouting.

In 2004 Gil joined the District Committee and the fun of scouting, Gil’s way, was restarted. Gil has been instrumental in the successes of district camporees; he became a unit commissioner and provided significant value added to the Winterport scouting units. Todd Hardy and the Albert brothers had great praise for the support Gil provided. Gil also led the mission to establish packs and a troop in Brooks and Monroe.

Gil’s latest achievement is support he is providing to Joe Dargon and Twyler Webster in recharging the Frankfort troop and pack programs. Gil holds the position of committee chairman for Frankfort. He also is a valued member of the Waldo District Eagle Board of Review.

The breakfast program ended with a special centennial presentation of magic by master magician Ray Campbell. The magic show was a big hit. As part of National Scout Week district scouts also participate in Scout Sunday/Scout Sabbath services at their local church or synagogue.