BANGOR, Maine — More than 100 Boy Scouts and Cub Scouts from across the region descended on the Bangor Mall on Saturday to demonstrate skills they have learned, from woodworking and first aid to bridge building and knot tying.

Scout troops representing Penobscot, Piscataquis, Washington, Hancock and Waldo counties gathered for the first organized public skills demonstration in seven years, according to Scott Harvey, Katahdin Area Council Scout executive and CEO.

“We’re here to show that Scouting is alive and well here in Maine,” he said.

Scouts and leaders set up booths to show shoppers how to tie knots, build their own paper towel holders, start a fire, perform first aid and more.

A group of Scouts from Bar Harbor-based Troop 89 fashioned together a “monkey bridge” from logs, branches, rope and a few bolts. It took them about an hour to assemble it on the mall floor.

Scouts said this was a good opportunity to show people what the organization is all about and a chance to show off what they’ve learned while potentially recruiting members.

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