KEESEVILLE — Scouting is making a revival here with a newly formed Boy Scout troop joining an established Cub Scout pack.
Pack Leader Kenneth Ackley said it was an easy decision for him to volunteer to take on the leadership role. While he works full time as a nurse for Urgicare in Plattsburgh, he wanted to see his son Skylar stay in scouting, so he stepped up to start the new group.
He was overseas in the military for much of his son’s early life, so scouting is another activity for them to do together, he said.
“It gives me more time with my son,” Kenneth said. “I like to think it makes up for some lost time.”
Although the Cub Scout pack was started five or six years ago by Robin Pray, Kenneth’s group marks the first time in 10 years that Keeseville has had its own Boy Scout Troop.
Ten boys and five adults are involved so far. They gained two leaders and four boys when the AuSable Forks troop disbanded, and two leaders and one boy from Peru have also joined.
The group, which has been chartered for two months, will be recruiting at AuSable Valley Central School soon.
Ackley said scouting teaches the boys respect, basic first aid, survival skills and how to deal with bullying.
“Respect is one of the cores of scouting. And it’s not just about respecting others, but it’s also about respecting themselves. If you can’t respect yourself, you can’t respect others.”
Committee Chairman Rick Weertz expanded on the life skills the scouts learn, among them financial management and personal fitness. They also are heavy on volunteering and being good citizens.
“The Scouts focus on citizenship and our role in the community and the nation,” he said.