Troop 30 tackles expeditions, river venture

The Scouts' next outing is likely to be in March with winter camping at Camp Wakpominee. The Troop is likely to engage in indoor rock climbing in April, followed by an overnight backpacking trip up Farrell Mountain in Horicon. June brings the troop's traditional raft expedition from Indian Lake through the Hudson River Gorge to North Creek. Another expedition under consideration for 2011 is a high-adventure hike up Whiteface Mountain.

Troop 30 has a long legacy of community service, including work conducted by their impressive number of Eagle Scouts.

Tim Hanaburgh is nearing that distinction, and towards that goal he's finishing up renovating a nature trail behind North Warren Central School. He's rebuilt a bridge there, as well as clearing and identifying the trail.

Working towards Eagle Scout status, Jacob Hill is reconstructing a sign and developing a flagpole setting for the American Legion Post in Chestertown. The project includes building a stone veneer and installing lights.

Also working towards Eagle Scout is Christiaan VanNespin, who is involved in a project renovating the sound control booth for the North Warren High School auditorium.

Troop 30's community service work doesn't stop with those seeking the Eagle rank. The whole Troop regularly spends sessions undertaking helpful tasks at the Chester Library, plus annually providing traffic control for Chestertown's Pug Parade and the town's Krazy Downhill Derby.

They also conduct two traditional fundraisers - selling holiday wreaths they've decorated and holding their pancake breakfast on Memorial Day weekend.

"We've got a lot of dedicated kids," said Troop official Joe Klewicki.

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