Farm' comes to Schroon scouts

SCHROON LAKE Cub Scouts visiting a farm in the North Country is not news, but the farm visiting the pack meeting? The Schroon Lake Fish and Game Club was recently filled with a cacophony of goats and sheep bleating and baaing, chickens cackling, rabbits thumping and the silent but imposing Great Pumpkin. Scouts and their families were enjoying Cub Scout Pack # 37s first Down on the Farm Night. Beekeeper and chef Dan Huntington of Schroon Lake assisted by his daughters, Haley and Abbey, shared the how-tos and importance of beekeeping. In the summer, his three hives house over a half million honey bees. Huntington imparted facts about the busy world of bees. For example, it takes 2 million flower visits to produce one medium jar of honey. North Hudson farmers Dan and Anna Hay and their older children Benjamin and Kirsten introduced the pack to several kinds of goats, sheep and chickens. They demonstrated goat milking. There were also goat rides and goat cheese sampling. The Veverka children of Schroon Lake brought their rabbits Pickle and Thumper. The rabbits received lots of cuddling and harness walks by troop members. Farm events were rounded out by the carving of The Great Pumpkin which was as large as some Tiger Scouts. In addition to the farm activities there were competitions coordinated by Den Leader Tom Garcia of North Hudson. The troop had the honor of having three adult Eagle Scouts in attendance including Jim Iannacone, 84, of Schroon Lake to help carry on the fun and traditions of scouting. Pack 37 meets the second Friday evening of the month at 6:30 p.m. at the Schroon Lake Fish and Game Club. Scheduled fall activities include rocket building and a launch, a hike to the Goodnow Mountain Fire Tower and preparations for the Pinewood Derby. For more information contact Cub Master Peter Veverka at 532-7485

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