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.