Town Talk 9-4-10

Scouts' expedition included helping injured cyclist

The Boy Scouts of Troop 30 based in Chestertown apparently combined fun with a valuable learning experience as they planned and conducted an extended camping expedition recently at Lake Eaton State Park in the town of Long Lake.

Passing up on the traditional Scout camping trip to Camp Wakpominee this year, they instead planned their own five-day excursion.

The boys, ranging in ages from 11 to 15, conducted their own programs, cooked their own food, and bicycled, canoed, hiked, and worked on their scouting skills. They were rewarded by the sound of loons at night and an escort of a bald eagle as they paddled.

The scouts reported the high point of the trip was when they flew on float planes based at Heim's Aero Service of Long Lake.

Their camping excursion included an unexpected encounter. They assisted a young camper who had a serious bike accident near their campsites - the scouts from North Warren summoned an ambulance and administered first aid to the boy while they waited for it to arrive. The parents of the young cyclist thanked the scouts for their quick action in helping their son.

The boys earned 19 merit badges during the camping trip. Among those attending were Jacob Hill, Christian VanNispen, David Richards, Matthew Moffit, Will Jennings, Justin Harpp, Trevor Stile, Andy Hanaburgh, Jacob Smit, Nick Hitchcock, and Matt Smith, along with Scoutmaster John Belline, Committee chairman Arnou Van Nispen, Chris Stiles Jerry Smit, and Joe Klewicki.

Volunteers needed for mountain music fest

You don't have to be a Thurman resident to help out at one of the town's premier annual events. The Fiddlers Jamboree, set for next weekend, needs volunteers to help park cars, sell tickets, and vend refreshments. The beautiful setting of the site makes for incomparable working conditions. The Jamboree is Sept. 11 and 12, at the firehouse and on Veterans Field behind Thurman Town Hall. The Thurman Fire Company sponsors a breakfast at 8 a.m Saturday. The music is scheduled all day long, with a variety of noted area musicians and groups who perform country roots music.

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