JOHNSBURG - The year 2008 brought change and adventure to Boy Scout Troop 36.
In January, seven scouts participated in the annual Klondike Derby in Rutland, Vt. Substituting Boy Scouts for sled dogs, the boys pulled their sled to various stations to perform basic scouting tasks.
In February was Troop 36's winter camp out Wakpominee, in Fort Ann. Keeping our cold weather skills honed living in the Adirondacks is a must. A snow shoe hike usually makes for very tired Scouts at the end of the day.
In March, an Emergency Preparedness Drill was conducted, teaching the boys the importance of how to react to an emergency such as a "lost" hiker, who was found, treated and carried out of the woods.
Six Scouts went to resident camp at Wakpominee for a week and braved the outdoors...minus power and video games. Aaron Ferguson and Chris Sears started working there as CIT's (counselors-in-training), remaining at camp for a total of 6 weeks.
Later in the summer, scouts and leaders set out from Long Lake on the Northville - Lake Placid Trail, and four days later, resurfaced in Newcomb (unscathed). The Scouts are looking forward to putting a few more miles under their hiking boots in 2009 until hopefully; the entire trail can be covered.
Drew Hayes completed his Eagle Project, supervising the conception, construction and completion of a Meditation Garden at St. Mary's Church, in North Creek. And later in 2008 he attained the rank of Eagle, the highest rank and honor in Scouting.
As we look to the next year, Cub Scout Pack 36 is having their "Crossing over ceremony" and we look forward to receiving three new scouts. At our last Court of Honor, a time to recognize promotions to Star Scout, Liam Harrison and Jonathan Sears, the prospect Scouts came and we had a question and answer session. The boys explained some of the hardships they have encountered, which Scouting has enabled them to overcome.
Chris Sears and Patrick Prouty, Life Scouts, will be working on their Eagle projects this year and Patrick is looking forward to earning the rank of Eagle by his 18th birthday.
Special Thanks go out to Corinna Woods for filling in as Scoutmaster this past year; Mike Corey for chaperoning numerous outings and writing articles to share with the community; Tara Sears for staying on top of what the Scouts need to "Stay on track" and get to the ultimate goal...Eagle Scout; and to all the moms and dads who have helped make these fine young men grow.
Camping, hiking, and canoeing are still high on our list of things to do, so pack your bags...its going to be a few nights before we get back home Scouts!