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Boy Scouts stay active in Johnsburg

JOHNSBURG - Boy Scout Troop 36 is still thriving in the communities of Johnsburg and has been seeing consistent enrollment numbers over the past few years.

The troop started in 2000 after a hiatus that began in the late 1980s. Paul Sears has been the Scoutmaster ever since their new beginning, and his wife Tara Sears serves as committee chair. They currently include nine boys ranging in age from 12-16 years old as well as three leaders.

"My wife and I simply wanted something for our boys to do," said Sears. "So we decided to explore starting up the troop again."

They have seen five Eagle Scouts move through the ranks and have since started a Cub Scout troop to start the boys out early. This year, boy scouts all over the country are celebrating the 100th year anniversary of the organization.

The troop meets on the second and fourth Thursdays of each month at the North Creek Fire Department. The Fire Department has been their charter organization since the beginning of the troop.

The boys stay busy in the winter with snow shoeing, camping and recently participating in Klondike Derby. They built a dog sled, powered by boys scouts.

Volunteering is increasingly important to the Johnsburg troop and they take part in community activities as often as they can.

"If somebody needs something, we are here to help make sure it gets done," said Sears. "They will do anything."

For information on Troop 36, call 251-3994.

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