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Seven youngsters become Boy Scouts, revitalize Troop 190 in Madawaska area

MADAWASKA, Maine — Seven youngsters became Boy Scouts during a crossover ceremony June 2 at the Scout Territory near Frenchville.

Six of the boys, including four Webelo 2’s from the Cub Scouts, crossed over a wooden bridge at the Scouts property in the ceremony symbolizing their becoming Boy Scouts. Another Cub Scout who became a Boy Scout was not present for the ceremony.

Cub Master Richard Michaud  also awarded a variety of patches to 18 Cub Scouts of varying ranks for completing different programs and tasks before he escorted the six youngsters across the bridge and handed them over to the Boy Scouts where they were welcomed by Scoutmaster Phil Desjardin.

The seven youths now make up Boy Scout Troop 190, which has been dormant in the Madawaska area for the past several years with no active members.

“It’s exciting that we can re-establish the troop and get it back to operation,” said Josh Desjardin, chairman of the board to both the Madawaska Boy Scouts and Cub Scouts. He added that the troop would help the younger generation “gain leadership skills and help them grow into young adults” while providing a lot of good life skills.

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