Though they have a couple of years to go, the Granville Boy Scouts of Troop 44 are well on their way to becoming Eagle Scouts.
The troop, which has been sponsored by the Rotary Club since 1936, is currently being led by Scoutmaster Norm Brown and Committee Chairman Cy Bresset, as well as several assistant scoutmasters and committee members.
Within the troop, which includes second class, first class and star scouts, there are 12 boys, including Scott Bogart, RJ Holcomb, Cameron Ludwikowski, Jacob Vladyka, Jestyn Baker, Matthew Dundon, Michael Currier, Owen Pritchard, Ian Prevost, Ethan Beebe, Dylan Hayes and Brandon Heath.
All of them have ranked up at least one position this past year, and they’re all working on the next one, Brown said.
During the past year and in coming months the scouts have kept busy. During their vacation last April, the boys went to Cooperstown where they visited the Baseball Hall of Fame, went to a farmers museum and Howe Caverns, and stayed at the Henderson Scout Reservation.
In August, the troop spent a week at Camp Wakpominee in Fort Ann, and they headed there again this winter for the Klondike Derby. The derby is a weekend-long event where the boys do different activities like fire building, orienteering and learning first aid, while pulling a sled loaded with equipment to the different stations.
These activities help the scouts in the advancement of merit badges; they each need 21 to become Eagle Scouts.
The boys also do a lot of community service. During Christmastime, for example, the troop adopted a family and got gifts for them. They also built a campfire at Veterans Park for the lighting of the village Christmas tree and recently helped out at the Rotary Club’s spaghetti dinner.
They marched in the Memorial Day and the Veterans Day parades and will go see the Phantoms play for Scout night. As far as upcoming activities, Brown said the troop will go swimming at in indoor pool in Poultney or Castleton, Vt., and will soon go rock climbing in Rutland.
For fundraisers, the troop earns money for camp and other causes through selling popcorn and collecting bottles.
Brown said most of the group has moved up the ranks together since cub scouts, and they all get along. In the fall, they met regularly on Braymer Mountain in lean-tos and learned various outdoor skills. They continue to meet every Tuesday evening, and those who are interested in joining can contact Brown.