The Salt Palace will be a busy and crowded place Saturday, March 9, as more than 15,000 boys participate in the 1991 Scout-O-Rama.
During the day, more than 100,000 boys, Scouting leaders and parents and family members of Scouts are expected to visit the convention center, said Kay Godfrey, public relations director for the Great Salt Lake Council, Boy Scouts of America.Events begin with an 8 a.m. breakfast for dignitaries, followed by a parade at 9:30 a.m., an opening ceremony at 10 a.m. and a variety of Scouting exhibitions, games and other events. They include "Rad, Rad World," a Cub Scout international activity of fun and games; Cub Scout pinewood derbies; an "Improving Our World With Scouting" game; time for visiting guest celebrities; judging of booths; a "Great Scout" video contest; and a "Scouting in the 21st Century" costume contest.
The parade will begin in the exhibition hall on the south side of the complex and will run through the midway.
Michael Smoot is general chairman of the Scout-O-Rama, and Maj. Gen. John Matthews, Utah adjutant general, honorary chairman. Chris Smith, tight end for the Brigham Young University football team, is the parade grand marshal.
Scouts have been selling $3 family passes (tickets are also available at the door) to the Scout-O-Rama. Thirty percent of that amount goes for Scouting unit commissions, 25 percent for prizes for boys, 25 percent for patches, awards and recognitions and 20 percent to council camp development projects, Godfrey said.