Troop 898: Gary Beckman "Retirement" Roast (Top Secret - Don't tell Gary)

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Ohio HD Video

350 W. Johnstown Rd.

Gahanna, OH 43230

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As you may know Gary Beckman is stepping away from his duties as Scoutmaster of Troop 898 at the end of 2019. In light of all that he has done for so many of us we are planning a surprise roast for Gary on Friday November 29th at 6:30pm. Yes - This is the day after Thanksgiving - We are hoping that time frame will allow for some former scouts to be back in the area visiting family and will give a better opportunity for people to be a part of the event. We will have more details to come but we are hoping to have a good crowd for the event.


There are some opportunities for you to participate -

Join us for the Roast!


350 W Johnstown Road

Gahanna, OH 43230

ARRIVE: Between 6:30 and 6:50

Gary will arrive at the building around 7:00pm and we will surprise him as he comes in the door.

The roast will take place between 7:30pm and 10:30pm


  • Scouting attire is appropriate.

  • If you can bring a covered dish for a potluck that would be great.

  • Drinks will be provided.

Watch it all online!

For those that can not make it out to the roast we will be LiveStreaming the event online. We will share the link when we have it. We would like you to register as well so we have your contact info and can send you the link to watch. Please register at the link below -

Send us a letter!

We will be presenting Gary with a binder with letters. He’s an old guy and will appreciate this more than you know. If you can take a few minutes and write a handwritten or typed letter and send it to us to include in the package we will present to Gary.

Upload PDFs of the scanned letter to the link below.

Pre-produced Videos

We will be producing a couple of videos to be shown during the event. We are looking to interview former scouts, and others who have known Gary through scouting… If you want to be a part of these videos we will be shooting them at Ohio HD Video on August 10th and 11th from 10am - 5pm each day - please email me at and let me know what time works best for you and we will get it scheduled - Please come wearing your uniform - If you have pictures or other items that may be of interest - Please bring them with you.


Ohio HD Video

350 W Johnstown Road

Gahanna, OH 43230

Iphone Videos

If you would like to share a message with Gary, but can not be at the event or the video shoot mentioned above - We would love for you to submit a video and share it with us online.

Here are some suggestions for creating your video…

  • Wear a scout uniform if possible.

  • Find a quiet place to record the video away from talking, traffic or noise from TV or Radio.

  • Use a stand, tripod or something else to stabilize the video.

  • Shoot with light on your face.

  • Don’t shoot with a window or strong backlight behind you.

  • Shoot Horizontal not Vertical.

Please upload your video to the link below - You can copy it and paste it in your browser.

Email me at if you have any questions on problems.

What to include in your Video -

  • Keep it short.

  • Introduce yourself and tell us when you were a scout.

  • Share a fun story or two about Gary or the troop.

  • Offer a thank you or best wishes message.


Are there ID or minimum age requirements to enter the event?

No. All are welcome.

What are my transportation/parking options for getting to and from the event?

There is plenty of parking at the building - If the lot is full you may park in the Moose Lodge lot accross the street.

What can I bring into the event?

It's a potluck - Bring your goodies!

How can I contact the organizer with any questions?

Do I have to bring my printed ticket to the event?

No, but please register so we know you are comming.

Can I update my registration information?


Is it ok if the name on my ticket or registration doesn't match the person who attends?


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