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Warrensburg scouting known for community projects, adventure treks

WARRENSBURG - It's been yet another adventurous, fun-filled, and productive year for the Boy Scouts of Troop 100 based in Warrensburg, as they've pursued camping trips, outdoors and survival sessions, and volunteer service work.

Most recently, the scouts have participated in the annual Klondike Derby at Camp Wakpominee. The weekend features not only overnight winter camping, but a competition in which teams advance from one station to another and grapple with a particular challenge that utilizes survival skills.

Another highlight of Troop 100's activities during 2010 was an overnight camping trip to Farrell Lake in Horicon, which featured a five-mile hike into the lake, followed by fishing, hiking, and swimming.

As a focus of their community service work, the Troop 100 scouts have a tradition of undertaking construction projects in Warrensburg that have lasting benefits.

In 2009, Kurt Bedell planned, designed and built a community pavilion at the Warrensburg Town Recreation field, and Travis Acuna designed and completed a pavilion behind the Holy Cross Episcopal Church.

This year, Dennis Beers is working towards his Eagle Scout honors, and his community service project is to locate and record all the town's fire hydrants using global positioning equipment, and prepare the data for the use of both town employees and local firefighters.

Also, the town has depended for years for the scouts to help out on various individual tasks around town.

Troop 100 has traditionally decorated the Floyd Bennett Memorial Bandstand for the annual Christmas in Warrensburgh event. Also, townspeople know they can count on the local Boy Scouts to help rake leaves and fix-up tasks for neighboring senior citizens.

Other activities include participating in the work-project weekends at Camp Wakpominee through the Order of the Arrow, a scouting society that features leadership training.

Their service work truly demonstrates the scouts' personal commitment to helping others, because the members of Troop 100 determine their own activities through their local Patrol Leader Council, Scoutmaster Ray Hensler Jr. said. "The scouts have accomplished a lot, and they work well as a team," Hensler said. "But they're all individuals, of course."

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