At 100 years old, Edward Whitehead Sr. can tell you a lot of stories about being a Boy Scout. Like when he was growing up in Georgia and enjoyed the outdoors, but because he was black, he couldn't become a scout. Or what it was like to be the troop leader to former Detroit Public Schools Superintendent David Sneed and former NBA basketball player Spencer Haywood.
And why, even after he turned 100 on May 8, he still works with scouts at an annual Fort Wayne day camp.
"There are a lot of lessons you can learn," said Whitehead, a longtime truck driver who moved to Albion and joined the Boy Scouts of America in 1922. "You learn about honesty. About doing good works. About helping others."
Whitehead has headed up a number of troops in Metro Detroit, and estimates he has worked with 3,000 scouts.