A tradition in Huntingdon County that has gone by the wayside for scouts in the region was re-established Friday.
Civics Day at the Huntingdon County Courthouse holds a special place in Senior Judge Stewart Kurtz’s heart.
“We used to swear in scouts to the various county offices so that they could hold the title like Sheriff or Recorder for the day.”
He remembers touring the various offices when he was a young scout in 1956.
“I participated and spent the day with the Huntingdon Borough Police and had a wonderful day and made a friend that later after I came back to practice law was one of my first clients,” he remembered.
The once annual event faded from the schedule in the last decade or so.
Leaders decided it was time to bring the tradition back.
“When you’re here in person and you actually get to participate in each of the departments at the courthouse you get to see firsthand what it’s like and how neat some of these jobs are,” said Scout Leader Josh Woods.
Woods accompanied the boy and girl scouts for the morning.
He hopes they learn about the workings of the county, but also be inspired.
“Take away maybe some career exploration opportunities, Some things that they may not have known about and that they learned about today that they might explore when they go on from high school.”
Kurtz says many don’t realize how valuable the records are here, stored in the courthouse for more than 200 years.
“As I told the scouts a copy of every deed since this county became a county is 1787 is down stairs, you can find it. Every will was recorded here.”