CHESTERTOWN - Two years ago, an expedition traveling the length of the Hudson River via bicycle, raft, canoe and by foot was merely a dream for a group of Scouts in northern Warren County.
But in 2010, their dreams materialized as Troop 30's historic river venture was completed. The trek was one of the many activities during 2010 of the Scout Troop, which was involved in a variety of community service projects as well. Troop 30 has about 16 members, primarily students in the North Warren School District.
The Hudson River odyssey started out with a hiking trip from the high peaks and Tahawus to The Lodges, followed by a rafting trip through the Hudson River Gorge and a bicycle trip southwest to Newcomb. Another stretch was completed last year as the scouts took a train trip from North Creek to Riparius, followed by a seven-mile hike south to The Glen.
The scouts later bicycled from The Glen to Corinth, then paddled canoes down the Hudson from Big Boom Road in Queensbury through the Feeder Canal to Fort Edward.
In September 2010, the Troop bicycled from Fort Edward to Saratoga Battlefield. The trip was capped off by a train ride on Amtrak from Rensselaer to New York City.
There, the group visited the United Nations and other educational and historic sites.
Other activities for the Troop during 2010 included a session at Adirondack Extreme in Bolton, undertaking various physical outdoor challenges. In November, the scouts hiked up Buck Mountain. In December, a group of the boys hiked up Prospect Mountain at night.
In January, they went ice fishing on Friends Lake.
Perhaps the highlight of the year was undertaking their own summer camping experience at Lake Eaton in Essex County. The Scouts spent a full week pursuing the activities they planned, undertaking their own cooking and camping chores, as will as canoeing, hiking fishing, bicycling and taking a float plane trip.