Local Scouts Continue the Tradition of Excellence

NORTH CREEK On Feb. 8, 1910, the Boy Scouts of America were founded as an outdoor-oriented boys program. After nearly a century of service, dedication to excellence, and respect for the laws and traditions of our nation, todays Boy Scout organization proclaims nearly 1 million members nationwide. In 1999, North Creek Scout Troop 36 was established to provide local boys the opportunity to participate in the scouting tradition, while dedicating themselves to personal betterment and community service. Despite Scoutmaster Paul Sears currently serving overseas in the U.S. military, the troop continues thanks to the hard work of parents, volunteers and active scouts. We have worked hard over the last eight years helping our boys grow to become responsible young men, said Tara Sears, wife of Paul Sears and committee chair of Troop 36. We have advanced many boys, but in 2007 we had our first Eagle Scout in 20 years. Eagle Scout Ryan McNally has continued with the troop, and currently serves as an assistant Scoutmaster during Sears deployment. Shortly after Ryan, we had our second Eagle, Brian Bukovinsky, who has since gone on to college and is going into the military, added Tara Sears. Over the last few years we have had five boys inducted into the OA (Order of the Arrow). Ryan McNally is currently at Brotherhood. Brian Bukovinsky, Pat Prouty, Chris Sears, and AJ Heid are all at Arrowsman, and are hoping to go for brotherhood in June of 2008. North Creek Troop 36 has 14 boys registered, with three anticipated to reach the rank of Eagle Scout this year. We will have Drew Hayes, Patrick Prouty, and Chris Sears advancing to Eagle, Tara Sears said. And we are looking forward to advancing the rest of the boys toward their Eagle as well. The troop is further supported by a dedicated group of adults who serve as committee members and assistant Scoutmasters, with the goal of providing their scouts with a fulfilling program. Our boys go through many challenges in scouts, Tara Sears said. They consist of team work, and learning to adjust and adapt in certain environmental areas. Last summer our older boys went on a four-day canoeing trip down the canals in Fort Ann. They have also done day trips and gone camping for the weekend in the Adirondack Mountains in Bakers Mills and Minerva. In preparation for an Eagle merit badge, select boys recently participated in an emergency preparedness course where they learned the fundamentals of a search and rescue operation. Some of the boys went to Bolton Landing and participated in the MCI drill there as victims, working with fire [departments] and EMS, Tara Sears said. They had a great time and a wonderful learning experience. They had professionals do their make-up, making them look like true victims. They also worked with North Creek Fire and Johnsburg EMS, and carried out their own search and rescue here in January looking for a lost hiker. This past weekend, the scouts traveled to Rutland Vermont to compete in the Klondike Derby. This annual event, sponsored by the Green Mountain Council of the Boy Scouts of America, challenges scouts with a series of outdoor activities designed to test their scouting skills and teamwork. Troop 36 participated in the challenge, which consisted of pulling a dog sled through a pre-determined course. Various checkpoints and tasks along the way challenged the scouts, with their having to apply lessons and skills learned throughout the program, such as knot tying, first aid, and fire starting. Its wonderful to see the support we have had in our community for the boys, Tara Sears said. We hope to see it continue to grow.

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