Schroon Lake teen becomes Eagle Scout

SCHROON LAKE - A Schroon Lake teen has achieved the highest rank in Boy Scouts.

Ryan Jenks of Troop 37 in Schroon Lake received the Eagle Scout award during a court of honor recently.

He is the son of Bill and Theresa Jenks.

Jenks, 18, has been an active member of scouting in Schroon Lake since first grade.

Each Eagle Scout candidate is required to complete a community service project. Jenks led a group that restored the Loch Muller Cemetery.

The cemetery, which dates back to the 1700s, was buried under years of forest growth. It's located about a half mile off Hoffman Road.

Under Jenks' direction, the cemetery was cleared of brush, a fence was repaired and markers were constructed for graves missing headstones.

Jenks also made a brochure listing known burials at the cemetery with directions to reach it. The brochure will be distributed in the community.

The reception was held at the Schroon Lake Fish & Game Club. It was attended by family members, friends and local officials.

Guest speaker John Rose presented Jenks with a Boy Scout cup Rose had purchased as a teen-ager on a scouting trip to England. Rose, now a state trooper in Schroon Lake, is an Eagle Scout.

Jenks was also presented with a gift from John Strothenke on behalf of his sons, who are both Eagle Scouts.

Jenks plans to remain active in scouting as an adult leader.

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