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Boy Scouts thriving in northern Warren County

Canoeing at Summer Camp in 2012 are Chestertown Scout Troop 30 members Jacob Hill, Caleb Richards, Trevor Stiles and Joey Foley.

Canoeing at Summer Camp in 2012 are Chestertown Scout Troop 30 members Jacob Hill, Caleb Richards, Trevor Stiles and Joey Foley.

— The Boy Scouts organization has traditionally enjoyed remarkable strength in the northern Warren County region, with the number of scouts, lineup of activities and level of commitment substantially stronger than in other areas of the nation.

This past year has been no exception, as the area scouts, through their community-service activities, have had a remarkable impact on citizens’ lives — and through their Eagle Scout projects have permanently enhanced their host communities.

Troop 13 pursues service, fun

Lake George Scoutmaster Grant Gentner noted that Troop 13 scouts, residents of the Lake George School District, have been active with challenging and fun activities as well as community service projects.

Brad Schreiber will be awarded his Eagle Scout certification in a ceremony at 2 p.m. Feb. 24 at the Bay Ridge firehouse on Bay Road in Queensbury.

Schreiber reconstructed the Memorial Garden at the Lake George Emergency Squad headquarters. The project, undertaken in 2012, involved landscaping with new plantings, as well as rebuilding the base of the flagpole and installing solar lighting.

Scout Nathan Markwood also completed a project toward his Eagle status, constructing handicapped access to Hovey Pond, including ramp and barriers. From now on, people with physical challenges can enjoy barrier-free access to the edge of the pond and enjoy its beauty, Gentner said.

Also this past year, Alex Labruzzo refurbished the pavilion at Sacred Heart Church in Lake George, with the assistance of other local scouts. The outdoor gazebo, formerly deteriorating, now provides a comfortable place where parishioners and local citizens can reflect and meditate.

Also, scouts Mason Gentner and Ben Smith are now in the process of working toward attaining Eagle Scout distinction.

Gentner, a senior at Lake George High, is working on upgrading the recycling operation at the town transfer station, a project that includes providing new signs and bins as well as developing educational materials with an aim to boost recycling.

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