Area boy scouts hailed in Albany on scouting's centennial

ALBANY - Boy Scouts from Warren County and the greater Glens Falls region were hailed and applauded Feb. 8 in the New York State Legislature as the boys represented scouts statewide on the day of the 100th anniversary of Boy Scouts of America.

A group of Boy Scouts and their leaders of the Twin Rivers Council - based in Glens Falls - visited both the state Assembly and state Senate Feb. 8 and were honored by the legislators.

Proclamations were read hailing the character-building aspects of the organization and its influence over the lives of millions throughout the nation over the last century, and resolutions honoring the Boy Scouts on their centennial were passed in both houses.

Of the contingent of about 30 scouts and leaders, about 10 were from Warren County.

In the state Assembly, Majority Leader Ron Canestrari paid tribute to the visiting Twin Rivers Boy Scouts, and a lengthy proclamation was read, prompting applause by the state's leaders.

State Sen. Betty Little (R-Queensbury) welcomed the scouts, noting that the Boy Scouts of America held its first-ever camping trip in her district, on Silver Bay Association grounds on the shores of Lake George.

"The Boy Scouts are recognized and respected worldwide," state Sen. Betty Little said. "What an honor we have in knowing that their first overnight camping expedition was here in the Adirondacks in Hague."

Friday, Little said she was pleased to be a part of the Senate ceremony.

"It was great looking up to see the boys and their scout leaders seated in the Senate Gallery as many members, some of them former boy scouts, rose to congratulate them."

In their respective chambers, Assembly members and Senators stood up and added their personal tribute.

It was noted that historic Boy Scout artifacts and photographs will be on display at the New York State Museum in Albany, and that in September, a pilgrimage of scouts from across the Northeast will occur, taking the Boy Scouts and leaders back to the ceremonial fire ring at Silver Bay Association where they held their first-ever campout in 1911.

Twin Rivers Council leader Scott Hayden said that he and others were proud that scouts convened at Silver Bay on Lake George, an event that set the model for the Boy Scout movement in the nation.

"This area so rich in history," he said. "North Country values are so in line with the Boy Scouts of America, and it seems natural that scouting originated here."

Hayden said the day at the state Capital was memorable for all.

"The warm reception we received was very gratifying and it was quite an educational experience for the boys."

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