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Scouting a strong tradition in Bolton

BOLTON LANDING - Scouting is a strong tradition in Bolton Landing for girls who are typically active in community service as well as a full roster of school extracurricular activities including sports, music and the arts, Girl Scout leader Tammie DeLorenzo said.

With this in mind, the Girl Scout program in Bolton has adjusted to dovetail with the scouters' busy schedules, she said.

"Our Girls Scouts are involved in sports - sometimes through all seasons - horseback riding, skiing, and church youth groups," she said, noting that 15 high-schoolers are enrolled in scouting. "So we need to be flexible to meet the girls' needs and work scouting in with their activities."

Top on the list of this year's troop activities is a trip to Boston, primarily educational, for scouts from first through 11th grades.

With the older girls acting as mentors for the younger scouts, they'll be visiting national landmarks, the Boston Children's Museum and the New England Aquarium, plus they may walk a portion of the Freedom Trail, DeLorenzo said.

"There will be a mix of educational, historic and fun destinations," she said.

This past year, the scouts have enjoyed snow-tubing at West Mountain, and dressing up as ghouls for guiding people down the Haunted Trail at Up Yonda Farm's annual Halloween celebration.

The scouters' community service this year also included coordinating some family-oriented activities for the Bolton Fall Festival, and conducting a clothing drive for Prospect School.

The girls also sang carols at the town holiday celebration, and participated in the townwide Craft Day.

This past week, for Girl Scout Sunday, the girls attended services at the local Assembly of God Church, and saw a film together at Aimee's Dinner & a Movie in Glens Falls.

One major community-oriented project this year for the scouts is "Discovering Bolton" - inventorying the town's assets, DeLorenzo said.

"Scouting has been strong in Bolton forever," she said. "All the kids are very active and we look forward to continuing the tradition of scouting in Bolton."

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