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Boy Scouting advances throughout the region

Activities for 2010 for the Twin Rivers Scouts also included a council-wide Camporee in autumn at the Corning Preserve along the Hudson River in Albany, commemorating the city's quadricentennial as well as Boy Scouts of America's centennial.

Another highlight for the year was an Eagle Scout alumni dinner - the council's first - in June at the Gideon Putnam Hotel which drew 80 or so, ranging in age from their teens to older than 80, Hayden said.

"It was a great networking opportunity for our Eagle Scouts," he said.

Also memorable was the Boy Scouts' annual National Jamboree, which was held at Fort A. P. Hill in Virginia, including 15 to 20 Scouts from Warren County, including a contingent from Warren County.

Another council-wide event included a visit to the state Legislature which included awards and presentations commemorating the Scouting centennial, as well as a reception and educational tour.

This year, the Twin Rivers Council has a new program in place, "Journey to Excellence," designed to both boost recruitment and retention of scouts, while focusing on motivating Scouts toward personal achievement as well as community service.

In an effort toward achieving that goal, through boosting communication between council employees, leaders and Scouts, the council has begun to develop a new Web site, trcscouting.org, explained Hayden.

"We're now looking ahead to our second century of Scouting, and we're always seeking new ways to serve more kids and families in our council boundaries," he said.

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