Allan J. deLay reaches 75-year Scouting milestone

([Portland], [Or], [04/25/02])— Allan J. deLay, of Milwaukie, Oregon, will be celebrating his 75th anniversary as a registered Scout with the Boy Scouts of America on May 6th, 2002. Additionally deLay celebrates his 87th birthday on May 4th.

deLay is the first Scouter in the Cascade Pacific Council to ever achieve this milestone and only the 136th Scouter nationwide since the first 75th anniversary recipient in 1985.

deLay joined Boy Scouts immediately after his twelfth birthday on May 6th, 1927 and earned his Eagle Scout Award in 1932. He is currently a member of Troop 259 chartered with Milwaukie Lutheran Church in the North Clackamas Boy Scout District. deLay’s active involvement in Boy Scouts has never waivered, including the time frame of his tour of duty in World War II. He served as an Assistant Scoutmaster with Boy Scout Troops in Alaska while on duty in the U.S. Air Corps as well as maintaining membership in his “home” unit in Portland.

As an adult, Allan was instrumental in organizing, participating and leading local Scout troops with Frank Lockyear (Binnsmead School), and Troop 147 (Ardenwald School) where he served as Scoutmaster from 1964-1992. Allan’s tenure at Troop 147 was noted by his active recruitment and involvement with special needs youth, which included many Eagle Scout Award recipients.

On the national and international level, deLay has attended ten National Jamborees as a staff photographer and also served as the national staff photographer at six World Scout Jamborees. His professional photography has graced numerous local, regional, national and international newspapers and periodicals as well as virtually every Boy Scout publication.

In deLay’s “spare” time, he stays busy as a Senior Olympics world class high diver and swimmer, and as an accomplished player of the musical saw. This last skill has enabled him to play with the Oregon Symphony and at numerous regional and national events. deLay continues outdoor activity and is looking forward this summer to attending summer camp at Camp Cooper in the Coast Range and participating in the backpacking trips sponsored by Troop 259.

The community, district, troop 259 and council will be helping Allan and his family celebrate his birthday and 75th Scouting anniversary at North Clackamas District’s Boy Scout Camporee May 3-5th at Butte Creek Scout Ranch; a troop open house, ceremony and reception on May 6th at Milwaukie Lutheran Church; and at the Cascade Pacific Council’s Annual Council Court of Honor May 29th at Parkrose High School.

About the Cascade Pacific Council, Boy Scouts of America One of the top ten largest Boy Scout councils in the United States, the Cascade Pacific Council serves more than 52,000 youth in 18 counties in northwest Oregon and southwest Washington. Over 17,000 adult volunteers serve as Scouting leaders in the local council each year. This last year Scouts of the Cascade Pacific Council reached out to the community and achieved the following outstanding accomplishments:

Goodwill/Goodturn - Scouts collected approximately 450,000 pounds of usable clothing and household goods for Goodwill Industries.

Camping Program - The Cascade Pacific Council has one of the strongest outdoor camping programs in the country, camping 13,380 boys at 9 summer resident camps and 10 day camps.

Scouting for Food - Over 11,000 Scouts collected 500,000 pounds of food for local hunger relief agencies through the Scouting for Food drive.

Guy Miller Tree Plant - Over 1,650 youth and family members planted nearly 25,000 tree seedlings in our forests and neighborhoods in support of the Guy Miller Tree Plant program. This program has accounted for the planting of nearly 2 million trees since its inception.

Community Service - Scouts contributed more than 1.3 million hours of service to local communities.

Violence Free Spring Break - In partnership with the Portland Police Bureau, the Police Activities League and other organizations the Scouts have assisted with numerous programs and activities including "Violence Free Spring Break", an event where over 350 at-risk youth members utilized Scout facilities.

Outreach - Over $53,000 in scholarships were awarded to over 638 youth members for summer camp.

Scoutrageous - Approximately 15,000 Scouts, adult leaders and friends packed McIver State Park in September for Scoutrageous, a three-day event sponsored by the council. The event exceeded all expectations and accomplished the primary objective: creating a memory of a lifetime for BSA members in a fun and adventuresome environment.

For more information, visit the council's website at

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