Long Lake The newest incarnation of Boy Scout Troop 75 is only two years old. The boys are young and building their scout careers one merit badge at a time.
Scoutmaster Dr. Russell Rider and his wife, Maxine, are leading Troop 75 into a new era. With seven scouts — and one pre-scout ready to become a full-fledged member in May — they are still growing.
The current scouts are all Tenderfoots and working on their second- and first-class requirements. They are mainly 11 and 12 years old. And they get a lot of support from the adults in their lives.
“We have a lot of parental involvement,” Maxine said. “We have more leaders than we have boys.”
There is a committee of 12 adult leaders: six committee members, including Maxine; five assistant scoutmasters, four of whom are parents of scouts; and one scoutmaster. The Ryders are also the parents of one of the scouts.
Six scouts attended the Cedarland Scout Camp in Long Lake during the summer of 2011 and members plan on spending time at one of the Sabattis Scout camps this summer.
In the fall, the troop helped with the community garden in Long Lake, assisting Christopher and Cynthia Thompson. The scouts walked in the 2011 Long Lake Memorial Day Parade and organized a strawberry shortcake sale at the town beach for the Fourth of July as a fundraiser for scout camp.
In 2013, Troop 75 plans to embark on a 50-mile journey, canoeing, hiking and performing community service along the way. Details about the trip are not available at this time.
For information on Troop 75, call the Ryders at 624-5336.
This photo was taken Jan. 28 at a troop meeting during which the scouts were learning lashing skills instructed by Jules Comeau. From left are Assistant Scoutmaster Keith Austin, Assistant Scoutmaster Dr. Jules Comeau, Senior Patrol Leader Stephen Lamos, new Scout Adrien Comeau, and Scout James Hemmings.