The Davis' son, Logan, stationed in Camp Pendleton, is a helicopter pilot for the U.S. Marines.

Harry Shaw, 59, lives and owns a graphic design and printing company in Towson.

Barry Bilson, 48, who grew up in Govans and now lives in Middle River, is a senior vice president for Legg Mason.


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But they remembered their roots on Sunday and were in the pews watching as the current members trooped into the church for the Mass after Davis gave them some final instructions.

"Hands out of your pockets," he told them. "A 200-megawatt smile. Let's bring honor to your family and honor to your troop."

Midway through the Mass, the troop members joined the Rev. Patrick Besel at the altar and an audience of 200 people applauded heartily as Besel said, "This is our Troop 133 and we are very proud of them."

After the service, free at last, they whooped and tore out of the church and down the driveway to the hall, where City Councilman Bill Henry presented them a certificate of appreciation from the City Council and another from Mayor Stephanie Rawlings-Blake. The children will also be honored at City Hall at a date to be determined, Henry said.

Henry, of Radnor-Winston, went to the church school as a child and said he always admired the Boy Scouts and their uniforms.

But he never joined, he said, because "there was no way to get away from the camping."

Scout Tyler Robinson, of Parkville, "9 going on 10," he said, read aloud a banner with the troop's rhyming slogan:

"Troop 133, the best there'll ever be."

That about said it all.