Scouts dredge up the past

Capsule from ’92 in soggy condition

Scouts from Troop 362 open a time capsule Wednesday afternoon at the Grand Junction office on Grand Avenue.

Scouts bury the time capsule at the office of the Western Colorado Council of the Boy Scouts on Grand Avenue in a photo taken May 6, 1992. The capsule unearthed on Wednesday was a soaking mess, but any items that survived will be announced at a Scout celebration on Oct. 7.

Curiosity about the contents of a time capsule buried 25 years ago will go unsatisfied, at least immediately.

Scouts on Wednesday unearthed the time capsule, buried May 6, 1992, at the office of the Western Colorado Council of the Boy Scouts of America, 839 Grand Ave. But for a cursory examination, the capsule was to be opened next month at the 75th anniversary celebration of scouting in western Colorado.

A quarter-century of burial beneath a sprinkler system in the summer and snow in the winter, though, took its toll as water filled the capsule, leaving behind a plastic-wrapped, sodden mess.

“There are going to be a few things that survived,” Boy Scout Executive Mark Switzer said after the capsule’s contents were retrieved. Exactly which ones will be announced at the scouts’ celebration on Oct. 7 at the DoubleTree Hotel.

At that time, the council will give its report to the community on what it has accomplished in western Colorado, Switzer said.

Eventually the capsule is to be returned to the earth with new contents that shed light, and presumably, water, on current times, to be reopened in 25 more years, or 100 since the 1942 arrival of the scouts in the Grand Valley.

“Maybe we’ll put a thumb drive in there,” Switzer said.

For additional information or registration for the 75th anniversary event, call 243-0346.


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