In 2012, several Cub Scouts from Pack 36 in North Creek attended a mosaic workshop to create elements for the North Creek Mosaic Project. This tile rabbit munching on leaves, by Anthony Galle, was installed on the second panel of the large community mural, on Main Street.
Local Cub Scouts and Boy Scouts continue to help out their communities and have fun while building character and learning how to become responsible members of American society.
The Boy Scouts of America was incorporated on Feb. 8, 1910 and chartered by Congress in 1916. Its purpose is “to provide an educational program for boys and young adults to build character, to train in the responsibilities of participating citizenship, and to develop personal fitness.”
The local Boy Scouts program is organized through the Twin Rivers Council, which oversees 13 New York counties, including Clinton, Essex, Franklin, Fulton, Hamilton, Saratoga, Warren, and Washington. It serves more than 11,000 youth and 6,000 registered adult volunteers.
North Creek Boy Scouts
North Creek Boy Scout Troop 36 is led by scoutmaster Lenny Wilson and is part of the Wakpominee District of the Twin Rivers Council. The district serves 1,405 scouts and 400 adult volunteers in Warren, Washington, and southern Essex counties. There are 28 Cub Scout packs, 30 Boy Scout troops, three Venturing Crews, and one Explorer Post located in the district.
There are six scouts in North Creek Boy Scout Troop 36, one from Minerva and the rest from the town of Johnsburg. Thomas Wilson reached Eagle Scout in April 2012 and will graduate this year. His project was completed but remains unused.
“Actually his project was at the Wevertown firehouse, which disbanded shortly after his project was accomplished,” Lenny Wilson said. “He did the new community bulletin board. I think they’re going to turn the building into a community center of some sort, so I’m hoping they can use it.”
North Creek scouts helped with maintenance on the Carol A. Thomas Memorial Walking Trail in 2012 and completed a community project at the Adirondack Tri-County Nursing and Rehabilitation Center in October. No community service projects for 2013 have been finalized, but the scouts plan to march in the Memorial Day parade and Fourth of July parade this year. They also marched in the Lights On parade in December.
In July, the troop plans to attend Camp Wakpominee in Fort Ann.
North Creek Cub Scouts
North Creek Cub Scout Pack 36 is led by scoutmaster Kate Hartley and is part of the Wakpominee District of the Twin Rivers Council. She is assisted by Paul LoGuercio.
There are 20 scouts in North Creek Cub Scout Pack 36, with members from North Creek, Newcomb, Minerva and the town of Chester.
The Cub Scouts recently participated in the Pinewood Derby. They made rockets in the spring of 2012 and plan on holding a Raingutter Regatta race this spring. In the fall, they participated in a waterfalls and geocaching hike.
“Up behind the Ski Bowl, there’s six or seven geocaches, doing the Schaefer Trail and then you loop over to the Rabbit Pond Trail,” Hartley said. “It’s a beautiful loop. It’s one of the very new trails that Steve Ovitt mapped and finished.”
The Cub Scouts are planning a skating trip, water park trip and camping trip. Last year’s camping trip was a memorable one.
“We ended up hiking to Crane Mountain just in time for a huge thunderstorm to come through,” Hartley said. “So we didn’t make it to the summit. We made it up to Crane Pond and then came down the other way. But that was a very exciting day for sure. I’m sure the boys will never forget it, nor will the den leaders.”
Hartley is always looking for adults to get involved in the pack.
Long Lake Boy Scouts
Long Lake Boy Scout Troop 75 is led by scoutmaster Russell Rider, who is assisted by his wife, Maxine. It is part of the Sir William Johnson District of the Twin Rivers Council. The district serves more than 1,100 scouts in 56 units in Hamilton, Fulton and Montgomery counties.
There are 11 scouts in Long Lake Boy Scout Troop 75, up from seven a year ago. One member is from Newcomb and the rest live in Long Lake.
“We also have lots of support from adult leaders, many of whom are parents,” Maxine Rider said.
The scouts always look forward to earning some merit badges at summer camp.
“We went to Sabattis Scout Reservation for a week in July, and we plan on going again this July,” Maxine Rider said. “And (assistant scoutmaster) Jules Comeau spent the week with the boys there. They did a traditional program of merit badges and had a very good week.”
Leaders are trying to plan more community service activities for 2012. In 2012, the scouts marched in the Memorial Day parade and held fundraising activities for camp. And they have been working hard on their merit badges.