In preparation for the 100th anniversary of the Boy Scouts of America, 17 scouts and leaders from BSA Troop 104 attended the February 10, 2009 Scotch Plains Township Council meeting to show their love for scouting and to educate the public about scouting's goals and values. The scouts ushered in the meeting with a formal flag ceremony which included the salute to the flag. Following the opening, Life Scout’s David Sherman and Joseph Kaiser presented a report to Mayor Malool and the council about the history of the Boy Scouts of America, its core beliefs and values, which include a love and appreciation of the outdoors and the teaching of leadership, and what is expected of a scout. They also reported on the activity of the troop this year, including rank advancement, camping trips and the many service oriented projects, most of which directly affected and benefitted the towns people in Scotch Plains, and were designed, planned and implemented by the scouts. Mayor Malool recognized the troop and more specifically the Boy Scouts of America by proclaiming the week of February 8, 2009 as “Scout Recognition Week” in Scotch Plains and presented Scoutmaster Ed Bumiller with a Parent/Leader Appreciation Commendation certificate.