Scout Troop 30 taking historic river venture

One of the projects completed during 2009 - in achieving Eagle Scout status for John Belline Jr. - was building a 25x40 pavilion at he town of Horicon Little League fields behind the town hall near Brant Lake. While John Jr. designed, planned and solicited materials for the project, other scouts, fathers and volunteers helped with construction.

Tim Hanaburgh's Eagle project, now partially completed, is renovating the nature trail behind the North Warren School. The effort includes clearing brush, marking the trail and rebuilding a foot-bridge.

While a winter snowshoe expedition by full moon up Whiteface Mountain was cancelled this winter due to warm weather, the scouts are looking forward to their annual ice fishing campout this month.

In March, the scouts will be camping out in wilderness near Streeter Pond in Horicon.

Community service efforts for Troop 30 scouts include providing traffic control at Pug Festival and the Krazy Downhill Derby which is set for this weekend.

Scoutmaster John Belline said he has more scouts than ever, and their drive to achieve top scout honors and serve the community is unsurpassed.

"Our retention is great and our record for Eagle Scouts is phenomenal," he said, noting that more than 50 percent pursue Eagle Scout status. "We got a good bunch of boys and everybody is real upbeat."

Belline said the younger scouts were ambitious and hardworking.

"Their spirit is great, and they're quality kids - really true scouts," Belline said.

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