Canoeing at Summer Camp in 2012 are Chestertown Scout Troop 30 members Jacob Hill, Caleb Richards, Trevor Stiles and Joey Foley.
The Boy Scouts organization has traditionally enjoyed remarkable strength in the northern Warren County region, with the number of scouts, lineup of activities and level of commitment substantially stronger than in other areas of the nation.
This past year has been no exception, as the area scouts, through their community-service activities, have had a remarkable impact on citizens’ lives — and through their Eagle Scout projects have permanently enhanced their host communities.
Troop 13 pursues service, fun
Lake George Scoutmaster Grant Gentner noted that Troop 13 scouts, residents of the Lake George School District, have been active with challenging and fun activities as well as community service projects.
Brad Schreiber will be awarded his Eagle Scout certification in a ceremony at 2 p.m. Feb. 24 at the Bay Ridge firehouse on Bay Road in Queensbury.
Schreiber reconstructed the Memorial Garden at the Lake George Emergency Squad headquarters. The project, undertaken in 2012, involved landscaping with new plantings, as well as rebuilding the base of the flagpole and installing solar lighting.
Scout Nathan Markwood also completed a project toward his Eagle status, constructing handicapped access to Hovey Pond, including ramp and barriers. From now on, people with physical challenges can enjoy barrier-free access to the edge of the pond and enjoy its beauty, Gentner said.
Also this past year, Alex Labruzzo refurbished the pavilion at Sacred Heart Church in Lake George, with the assistance of other local scouts. The outdoor gazebo, formerly deteriorating, now provides a comfortable place where parishioners and local citizens can reflect and meditate.
Also, scouts Mason Gentner and Ben Smith are now in the process of working toward attaining Eagle Scout distinction.
Gentner, a senior at Lake George High, is working on upgrading the recycling operation at the town transfer station, a project that includes providing new signs and bins as well as developing educational materials with an aim to boost recycling.
Smith, a junior at LGHS, is working on a project to develop a nature trail for the town of Queensbury — envisioned to provide fun and educational hiking opportunities for area citizens.
Troop 13 has been active throughout the year, Grant Gentner said. Last weekend, the troop went winter camping, which featured a snow hike and an ice fishing experience — we hear the scouts caught quite a few.
In July, the scouts enjoyed the varied activities offered at Camp Wokpominee.
“Our guys have a lot of fun,” Gentner said of his 15 active scouts.
They’ve also helped out others through community service events — whether volunteering to work at community dinners in the region or helping out at major events Like the Hudson Valley Volunteer Firemen’s Association parade.
Self-reliance a goal for Troop 100
In Warrensburg, the Boy Scouts of Troop 100 have enjoyed an eventful year, Scoutmaster Ray Hensler II reported this week.
Lance Bedell, who will be receiving his Eagle Scout designation this year, completed a project of constructing a handicapped ramp, with a roof overhead, for the American Legion Hall on River St.
Bedell’s fellow scouts, as well as parents, assisted in the project that was well appreciated by Legionnaires. From design and permitting to the finishing touches, Bedell was dedicated to the project.
The Troop 100 scouts have continued their tradition of patriotism, participating in the flag retirement ceremony held in November.
These scouts also know how to have fun, while building self-reliance and developing a strong work ethic.
They've taken various hikes in the region, including their Adirondack High Peaks expedition — a climb in The Cascades during October. They also attended Camp Wokpominee, enjoying the full roster of activities. Incidentally, they attended a work camp on weekends in October to upgrade the premises, which attests to the scouts’ volunteer spirit.
Just recently, they participated in the regional Klondike Derby at the camp, which featured spending the night outside despite frigid temperatures. The experience included orienteering, wilderness survival sessions, fire starting contests, and ice rescue demonstrations — all with a purpose of building self-reliance.
Looking forward to more adventure, the Warrensburg Scouts are ready for another Adirondacks expedition, Hensler said.
“The boys are gung-ho on climbing, so we’re going to pick a new challenging destination,” he said.
Troop 30 savors adventure
The Boy Scouts of Troop 30 in Chestertown are renowned for being both ambitious adventurous — and 2012 underscored these traits.
In August, the scouts conducted their own summer camp, planning and overseeing their five days at Lake Eaton, filled with various activities. Next year, they’ll not only be conducting camp at Fish Creek and Rollins Pond, but they will be taking a high-adventure expedition, hiking the ≈Northville-Placid Trail — 133 miles long — in several phases.
In 2012, they had a variety of high-adventure experiences, including a 50-mile canoe trip over five days in July from Old Forge to Long Lake, during which the scouts camped out along the way, portaging their canoes between water bodies and backpacking their supplies. and backpacking supplies. July 2012.
The troop has experience at long distance canoeing. In recent years, they’ve worked on a long-term project to traverse the entire length of the Hudson River.
Such a spirit of adventure has drawn 20 scouts into their ranks, a considerable number in relation to the population of their home-base communities.
Troop 30 also is well-known for delving into community service.
One of their scouts, Christiaan VanNespin, just finished his Eagle Scout project of refurbishing the audio-visual system for the North Warren Central School auditorium and theater. The updating of the facilities included lighting, electronic and sound controls as well as construction work, according to Scoutmaster Chris Stiles.
VanNespin’s work will undoubtedly be appreciated by community members for many decades. Four scouts in the troop are working on attaining Eagle Scout status.
The troop, based in Chestertown, is also very busy with a full roster of campouts year-round.
Just recently, the scouts enjoyed participating in the Klondike Derby, which hosts dozens of troops from the region for various competitions to put their winter camping and survival skills to the test. Plenty more similar campouts are planned throughout the year.
Community service is also a key activity for members of Troop 30, Stiles said.
Upcoming trips for the scouts include a trip in May to Cape Cod which features both a lengthy hike and an ocean whale-watch excursion; a High Peaks campout in March; and an indoor rock-climbing session in April.
Whether it’s assisting at the Chestertown Library in recycling books, serving at community dinners, or providing traffic control at Chestertown events, the scouts are there to lend assistance, Stiles said.
“We’ve got a very active troop,” he said.