Scout Troop 30 taking historic river venture

CHESTERTOWN -- In addition to their substantial community service projects and traditional campouts, the Boy Scouts of Troop 30, primarily from the North Warren School District, are involved in an ambitious venture.

This multi-year expedition, with historic overtones, calls for traveling the full length of the Hudson River from the Adirondack High Peaks, 315 miles to New York City.

This adventure will likely be completed over a two-year period, Scoutmaster John Belline said. The scouts are tackling their goal one stretch at a time - by bicycle, foot, raft or canoe, he said.

This past year, the trip has extended south to The Glen in Warrensburg. In September, the scouts spent four days in the high peaks, hiking from Tahawus to The Lodges, then a lengthy bike trip into Newcomb. The 2009 treks also included a rafting trip through the Hudson River gorge.

The expedition included a trip from North Creek to Riparius by train, followed by a seven-mile hike to The Glen. The historic trek will continue in April with a bike trip from The Glen 24 miles to Corinth and a canoe trip down the Hudson from Corinth to Fort Edward, Troop advancement chairman Joe Klewicki said. By June, the scouts plan to have traveled the distance to the grounds of Saratoga Battlefield, he said.

The scouts also enjoy summer camping at Lake Eaton, where they will be hiking, fishing and swimming as well as honing their orienteering and survival skills.

Scout Tom Hanaburgh achieved Eagle Scout status recently, after completing a project refurbishing the Brant Lake Historical Museum. His brother Tim Hanaburgh is expected to complete his requirements for Eagle Scout this year, along with John Belline Jr., Christiaan VanNespin, and Jacob Hill.

Tom and Tim's brother Andy crossed over from Webelows to Boy Scouts, with four others, a testament to the popularity of scouting in the North Warren area and the dedication of the leaders and boys involved.

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