Boy Scouts join forces with Yukon Veterans Museum

Provide free guided tours

The Robinson family, from left, Donnie, Tristan (seven months-old), Nolan (seven years-old), Lisa, and Declan (four years-old), were excited to see some Army medic equipment similar to Donnie’s on display at the Yukon Veterans Museum. (Photo by Cara Pattison)

By Cara Pattison
Contributing Writer

Values. Service. Leadership.

Those are just a few things the National Boy Scouts organization has in common with the military.

On Monday night, Jan. 31, the Yukon Boy Scout Troop 395 “joined forces” with Yukon Veterans Museum volunteers to serve the community by offering free guided tours of the museum, 1012 W Main.

War veterans and Webeloes alike escorted families and visitors around the museum to share a piece of American military history, Yukon Veterans Museum curator Rick Cacini said.

Eagle Scout Christian Fishburn, 14, and retired Air Force air cargo specialist (1969-1976) Tom Thomas walked a small group around the museum together.

While Fishburn was in attendance with his troop to “do duty to their country,” Thomas wanted to make sure the scouts learned about those military brothers and sisters forgotten over time.

“This museum is a labor of love for me. I volunteer here to pay back to those forgotten in history. So many military members have been forgotten. World War 2. Korea. Vietnam. And bringing the Boy Scouts in to keep history alive for a younger generation brings me happiness.”

Boy Scouts Pack 395 co-leaders Maddison and Brian Spikes (back from left) and their eight year-old daughter, Harper, examine the Lt. Gen. Thomas P. Stafford display at the museum. (Photo by Cara Pattison)

For Cacini, sharing both the museum and a personal memento with the Scouts and visitors – brought him happiness that night.

“I have a Civil War era pocket watch on display here at the museum that goes back in my family about seven generations of my grandfathers,” he explained.

“The watch was purchased in 1791 and has traveled in my family from London to New York City to Chicago. About a year and-a-half ago, it came from Chicago to me here in Yukon.”

Pack co-leader Maddison Spikes noted that it was fun to watch the kids’ eyes light up when they heard the story of the watch.

Boy Scouts Pack 395 Webelo Roy Pickle, 9, puts his signature in the guest registry at the Yukon Veterans Museum. His pack teamed up with the museum to “do their duty to their country” Monday night, Jan. 31. (Photo by Cara Pattison)
Boy Scout Christian Fishburn, 14, and Yukon Veterans Museum volunteer Tom Thomas teamed-up to walk small groups around the Yukon Veterans Museum and educate them about the various branches of the U.S. military. (Photo by Cara Pattison)


Scout dad Donnie Robinson, who is currently an Army medic, brought is wife, Lisa, and kids – Nolan, 7 years, Declan, 4 years, and Tristan, 7 months – to see some of the gear his unit uses when on-duty.

“I was excited to find the old medic uniform and gear for the kids to see, and it was fun to tell them all about it. We came out to show our kids something interesting and the museum did not disappoint.”

Scout co-leader Brian Spikes summed up the evening as “enjoyable.”

“We love Scouts because we do it as a family with friends and it’s fun. Events like this teach all of our kids’ values, service, and leadership – just like the military does.”

Troop 395 Arrow of Light (AOL) member Kennedy Dillion, 10, looks at donated military artifacts inside a display case at the Yukon Veterans Museum. (Photo by Cara Pattison)
Yukon Veterans Museum Curator Rick Cacini shows the Scouts and their visitors a Civil War-era pocket watch on display in the museum that has been in his family since 1791. (Photo by Cara Pattison)