Boy Scouting advances throughout the region

GLENSFALLS - In an era that many youths are avoiding traditional community-based activities, Boy Scouting in the regional Twin Rivers Council continues to be popular - as it is offering a diverse range of exciting activities, said council regional director Scott Hayden.

The dedication of the 11,000 Scouters in the Twin Rivers Boy Scout Council, is because of the robust program, which is conducted in large part by about 11,000 scout leaders - 750 in Warren and Washington counties alone, said Hayden.

That dedication is reflected in 220 Scouts achieving the rank of Eagle Scout in the council during 2010, including 25 or 30 in Warren and Washington counties, and many of those in Northern Warren County.

Hayden noted it was an admirable feat that four or five scouts in Troop 30, based in Chestertown and Horicon, were pursuing Eagle Scout last year.

"Five Eagle Scouts in one Troop is amazing," he said. "This shows sustained commitment from all our leaders and scouts."

In addition to the traditional scouting pursuits on the local level, the Twin Rivers Council had plenty of activities for the Scouts, many of them oriented to the 100th anniversary of Boy Scouts of America occurring in 2010.

This included visiting the site of the founding of the national organization, Silver Bay YMCA Camp on the shores of Lake George in Hague.

About 100 Twin Rivers Scouts and leaders visited Silver Bay Sept. 11, 2010 for a day-long celebration, which included displays, talks by Scouts from decades ago, and a ceremony held at a fire ring, the site of the first camp-out nationally of the Boy Scouts.

The fire-ring, in the woods on Silver Bay property, was re-dedicated with a commemorative plaque. The day's ceremonies were recorded in a half-hour documentary video, aired later on WMHT. It was filmed by Twin Rivers Scout Blake Cortright of the Capital Region.

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