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  1. Clint Buxton said he was at a high point Thursday, figuratively and literally. “It is drop-dead gorgeous,” Buxton said, speaking by phone from the top of Bromley Mountain. “I can look to the top and see where I came from yesterday.” The 61-year-old is hiking the Long Trail, partly to fulfill a longtime ambition and partly to raise money to help maintain Boy Scouts of American properties in Vermont. He set out from North Adams, Mass., on Saturday and expects to be on the trail for 27 days, covering 272 miles. People can track his progress and donate at scoutingvermont.org. Buxton normally spends his summer as the camp director at Mt. Norris Scout Reservation in Eden. When the camps was canceled due to the COVID-19 pandemic, Buxton said he decided it was time. He started training in July and set off shortly after his granddaughter’s birthday. He got pledges from various sponsors, with his own family donating $1 per mile of his hike to the Scouts. He said he has raised in the neighborhood of $10,000 so far. “Although this is a personal goal for me, I wanted to do something impactful for scouting, maybe do something to produce a multiplying factor,” he said. “Our society needs scouts more than ever. ... There’s some very strong national headwinds we’re dealing with, but I still believe in the program. More at sources: https://www.timesargus.com/scout-camp-director-hikes-long-trail/article_9c8e49a5-c891-5eed-919f-4cbe25079082.html https://www.scoutingvermont.org/buxtonhikeslt.html Scout Salute,
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