Cub Scouts explore mines

TICONDEROGA - Cub Scouts from Ticonderoga Pack 72 took part in a field trip to the Barton Mines recently.

Twenty scouts, guests and leaders from Tiger, Wolf, Bear and Webelos dens participated in the adventure where they learned about geology, mining, minerals, and some Adirondack history.

The Barton Mines were established in 1878 to extract garnet from the rich deposits on Gore Mountain in Warren County. One of the hardest minerals in the world, garnet is used for everything from fine jewelry to sandpaper and other industrial uses. Garnet is New York State's official gem stone.

After a complimentary tour from Bonnie Barton, a member of the Barton family which has been involved in the mining operation there for several generations, Ticonderoga Cub Scouts were able to collect samples of the garnet and other minerals to add to their own collections.

Other upcoming activities include participating in Veterans Day ceremonies in Bicentennial Park in Ticonderoga as part of the November scout theme, "Saluting Hometown Heroes."

A visit from Dr. Bill Brown, expert on the Timber Rattlesnake and other endangered species is planned for Nov. 10 to help the scouts learn about wildlife conservation.

"Scouting for Food," to help the Ticonderoga Food Pantry, takes place on Nov. 14 at Wal-Mart.

And a spring field trip on the Lake George Association's Floating Classroom is being scheduled for June 2010.

Ticonderoga Cub Scout Pack 72, sponsored by the BPO Elks, meets on Tuesdays at 6 p.m. at the First United Methodist Church in Ticonderoga.

Families wishing to get their boys involved in scouting may contact Sue Liddell at 585-6280.

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