GLENSFALLS - In an era that many youths are avoiding traditional community-based activities, Boy Scouting in the regional Twin Rivers Council continues to be popular - as it is offering a diverse range of exciting activities, said council regional director Scott Hayden.
The dedication of the 11,000 Scouters in the Twin Rivers Boy Scout Council, is because of the robust program, which is conducted in large part by about 11,000 scout leaders - 750 in Warren and Washington counties alone, said Hayden.
That dedication is reflected in 220 Scouts achieving the rank of Eagle Scout in the council during 2010, including 25 or 30 in Warren and Washington counties, and many of those in Northern Warren County.
Hayden noted it was an admirable feat that four or five scouts in Troop 30, based in Chestertown and Horicon, were pursuing Eagle Scout last year.
"Five Eagle Scouts in one Troop is amazing," he said. "This shows sustained commitment from all our leaders and scouts."
In addition to the traditional scouting pursuits on the local level, the Twin Rivers Council had plenty of activities for the Scouts, many of them oriented to the 100th anniversary of Boy Scouts of America occurring in 2010.
This included visiting the site of the founding of the national organization, Silver Bay YMCA Camp on the shores of Lake George in Hague.
About 100 Twin Rivers Scouts and leaders visited Silver Bay Sept. 11, 2010 for a day-long celebration, which included displays, talks by Scouts from decades ago, and a ceremony held at a fire ring, the site of the first camp-out nationally of the Boy Scouts.
The fire-ring, in the woods on Silver Bay property, was re-dedicated with a commemorative plaque. The day's ceremonies were recorded in a half-hour documentary video, aired later on WMHT. It was filmed by Twin Rivers Scout Blake Cortright of the Capital Region.
Activities for 2010 for the Twin Rivers Scouts also included a council-wide Camporee in autumn at the Corning Preserve along the Hudson River in Albany, commemorating the city's quadricentennial as well as Boy Scouts of America's centennial.
Another highlight for the year was an Eagle Scout alumni dinner - the council's first - in June at the Gideon Putnam Hotel which drew 80 or so, ranging in age from their teens to older than 80, Hayden said.
"It was a great networking opportunity for our Eagle Scouts," he said.
Also memorable was the Boy Scouts' annual National Jamboree, which was held at Fort A. P. Hill in Virginia, including 15 to 20 Scouts from Warren County, including a contingent from Warren County.
Another council-wide event included a visit to the state Legislature which included awards and presentations commemorating the Scouting centennial, as well as a reception and educational tour.
This year, the Twin Rivers Council has a new program in place, "Journey to Excellence," designed to both boost recruitment and retention of scouts, while focusing on motivating Scouts toward personal achievement as well as community service.
In an effort toward achieving that goal, through boosting communication between council employees, leaders and Scouts, the council has begun to develop a new Web site, trcscouting.org, explained Hayden.
"We're now looking ahead to our second century of Scouting, and we're always seeking new ways to serve more kids and families in our council boundaries," he said.