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Troop 100 builds skills as they help the community

WARRENSBURG -- Troop 100 of Warrensburg has enjoyed a productive year in 2009 pursuing outdoors and survival skills, fundraisers, volunteer service work and camping trips, scoutmaster Ray Hensler said this week.

Recently, they attended the annual Klondike Derby at Camp Wakpominee, which includes both cooperative and competitive activities with other troops in area. The local scouts enjoy their annual week at the camp hiking, canoeing, swimming and honing their shooting and archery skills.

This last year, community service was a focus of the troop, as two of the scouts achieved Eagle Scout rank through completion of two separate pavilions which are sure to be enjoyed by area citizens.

Last year, Travis Acuna designed and completed a pavilion behind the Episcopal Church, and he was awarded Eagle status in December.

In early August, Boy Scout Kurt Bedell planned, designed and built - with the assistance of volunteers and parents - a 12x20 timber-frame pavilion at the Warrensburg Town Recreation Field. The structure is designed to provide shelter to parents tending to their children playing in the tot-lot nearby, which is now under renovation by the town, Hensler said.

"Everybody was great, very supportive, rallying around the cause," he said, noting that Troop 100 can count on townspeople, whether it's for volunteer work, contributions to a bottle drive, or any other type of help needed.

Hensler noted that this upcoming year brings a variety of activities, including a weekend camping trip to Farrell Lake, which includes a 10-mile round-trip hike.

There's also a "softer" side to scouting. The troop also helps out the community by annually decorating the Floyd Bennett Bandstand for the holidays. They also help at work project weekends at Wakpominee through the Order of the Arrow, a scouting society that includes leadership training.

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