TICONDEROGA - More than a century after its founding Boy Scouting remains popular with area youth.
There are Cub Scouts, Boy Scouts and Venture Scouts in Ticonderoga, Schroon Lake, Crown Point, Moriah and Hague.
All belong to the Twin Rivers Council, which serves 13 counties in northeastern New York including Albany, Clinton, Columbia, Essex, Franklin, Fulton, Hamilton, Montgomery, Rensselaer, Saratoga, Schenectady, Warren and Washington counties. The Council provides service to more than 11,000 youth and 6,000 registered adult volunteers.
Ticonderoga offers programs on all three levels.
Sue Liddell is Ticonderoga Cub Scout committee chair. Mike Forand is Cubmaster.
Cub Scouting is a year-round family program designed for boys who are about 7-10 years old. Parents, leaders, and organizations work together to achieve the purposes of Cub Scouting.
There are also Cub Scout packs in Hague and Port Henry.
Boy Scouts troops are active in Ticonderoga, Crown Point and Schroon Lake.
Boys Scouts is available to boys ages 11-18. The program achieves the BSA's objectives of developing character, citizenship and personal fitness.
Joanne Cook is committee chair of Ticonderoga Troop 72. Mark Moss is scoutmaster.
Boy Scout Troop 37 of Schroon Lake meets every Thursday at the Schroon Lake Fish and Game Club at 7 p.m. on Hoffman Road. Interested people can contact Scoutmaster Curt McCoy at 532-7412 or Assistant Scoutmaster Joe Foote at 532-9258 for information.
In Crown Point Troop 70 has a long history, producing a large number of Eagle Scouts in a small community.
Ticonderoga also offers Venture Scouts.
Venturing is a youth development program of the Boy Scouts of America for young men and women who ages 14-20. Venturing's purpose is to provide positive experiences to help young people mature and to prepare them to become responsible and caring adults.
Janet Mallon leads Ticonderoga Venture Crew 72. She can be reached at 547-8996.
Venturing provides a high level of opportunities for achievement, learning and outdoor activities. The Ticonderoga group tries to plan one big, multiple-day trek each year. In 2008 local Venture Scouts went to Colorado and to the Philmont Scout Ranch in New Mexico for two weeks.
Other treks have included a co-ed, eight-day canoe trip to LaVerendrye Wildlife Preserve in Canada and a canoe trip to Algonquin Provincial Park in Canada.
The group regularly goes camping, hiking and climbing.
As a Venturer, youth can also follow an advancement program to earn their Bronze, Gold and Silver Awards. Earning the Silver Award in Venturing is much like earning an Eagle Scout Award in Boy Scouting.
Venture Crew 72 of Ticonderoga is co-ed.