Dublin's oldest Boy Scout troop will celebrate its 65th anniversary May 7 with an open house for all Dublin-area scouts, former leaders and scouts, and members of local Webelo troops.

Dublin's oldest Boy Scout troop will celebrate its 65th anniversary May 7 with an open house for all Dublin-area scouts, former leaders and scouts, and members of local Webelo troops.

Also invited are any boys who are interested in learning more about Boy Scout Troop 185, scoutmaster Bob Richardson said.

The troop has been headquartered at the Dublin Community Church since its founding in 1942, he said. It was originally sponsored by the church's men's club, Richardson said, "but over time the church took over that responsibility."

Richardson credits that affiliation for the troop's longevity. Over the years the troop has produced 90 Eagle Scouts and welcomed hundreds of scouts into its ranks, he said.

Scout leader Chuck Johnson was one of those Eagle Scouts when he was in the troop from 1966-70. Now, his 10-year-old son, Chris, is a member.

"It's very rewarding for me that he chose to pursue something that I was involved in," Chuck Johnson said. His son visited other troops before deciding Troop 185 was the one for him.

He based that decision on how he was treated by the older scouts in each of the troops he visited, Johnson said.

The open house is a way for the troop to show off its current programs and talk about future ones, Richardson said. Former and current Eagle Scouts will be recognized, as will the prior members, and then there will be a social period where activities are planned and refreshments will be served.

Johnson sees a benefit in exposing current troop members, as well as visitors, to the former scouts.

"I want them to see the number of former scouts who are there and the way each has succeeded in life," he said.

The open house begins at 7 p.m. at the Dublin Community Church, 81 W. Bridge St.

Go to www.bsatroop185.homestead.com for more details about Troop 185's scouting activities.