Montana’s First Distinguished Centenarian Eagle Scout

The Montana Council, Boy Scouts of America honored Ty Robinson, 100, with Montana’s first Distinguished Centenarian Eagle Scout award during the Mullan Trail District Investment in Character and Leadership Breakfast in Missoula, Mont, on Feb. 18, 2016.

This year marks the 106th Birthday of the Boy Scouts of America and Robinson – who turned 100-years-old last month (Jan. 25, 2016) – joked that he and Scouting got their start at about the same time.

A Missoula resident since 1935, he was born in Columbia Falls, Mont., in 1916 and earned his Eagle Scout Award in 1930.

Surrounded by nearly 300 distinguished Missoula community members, friends and loved ones, Robinson accepted the plaque and eagle medallion from local Boy Scouts who then saluted the respected man who worked rigorously to set the stepping stones for the next generations of Scouts.

The Investment in Character and Leadership Breakfast is Mullan Trail District’s annual fundraising event. This year, the event raised $85,000 in donations in one hour to bring the grand total raised to $125,430.

Larry Simkins, a Distinguished Eagle Scout and President of the Washington Companies, announced a contribution of $20,000 on behalf of the Dennis and Phyllis Washington Foundation in honor of Robinson’s lifelong contributions to Scouting.

Thursday’s total doubled last year’s donations at the event and set a new record for as the largest amount of money ever raised at a community event in Montana for Scouting, according to Jory Dellinger, Chief Development Officer for the Montana Council.

Robinson’s distinguished service to Missoula includes life as a lawyer, a lobbyist who help constitute the Montana Railroad Association, the President’s Council for the University of Montana, a member of the Whitehouse Education committee and Chairman Emeritus of the Community Medical Center Foundation to name a few. This morning’s outpour of respect for Robinson only solidifies how much of an impact he has had on our community.

Robinson believes that it is the values he developed in Scouting that fostered in him the tools to become the leader he is today.

This short video features testimonials from Missoula community leaders – such as Mary Windecker, Charman of the Board of Missoula chamber of Commerce, Mike Halligan, Executive Director of the Dennis & Phyllis Washington Foundation, and Royce Engstrom, President of the University of Montana – illustrating Robinson’s impact on the community.