3:50 PM EDT, July 24, 2012
Warren (Jonathan) Peake and Ryan Deise were presented with Boy Scouts highest rank, Eagle Scout at a special Court of Honor ceremony on July 11 at Broadcreek Boy Scout Reservation.
The ceremony, dubbed the "Flaming Eagle," involves the lighting of a wooden eagle on fire as part of the tribute to advancing Eagle Scouts..
Peake and Deise started in Cub Scouting with Lutherville, Pack 340. During that time they earned the arrow point and Cub Scouts' highest award, the Arrow of Light. In order to become an Eagle Scout both earned a total of 21 required merit badges, were recommended by education leaders, religious leaders and employers, served in a leadership role with Troop 340 while in the rank of Life Scout and completed a service project.
They both remain with Boy Scout Troop 340, based in Lutherville.
Peake is a recent graduate from Towson High School, where he was a member of the National Honor Society. His Eagle project was a park expansion and improvement project at County Club park at the intersection of Greenspring Avenue and Seminary Road.
His project included creating a neighborhood garden, building community benches and improving the grounds. Some 30 Scouts, friends and family signed on to help with this large project. He has accepted a scholarship to the University of Miami and is planning a career in marine biology.
Ryan Deise is a senior at Dulaney High School, where he has participated with the soccer and indoor track teams at Dulaney.
His Eagle project helped the Humane Society of Baltimore County. He had 40 Scouts and other volunteers build benches, a picnic table, spread mulch, clean a pond of excess mud, move rocks to create more garden areas and plant spring flowers to improve the property. He also volunteers with the Maryland SPCA.
Deise attended the 2010 National Scout Jamboree at Fort A.P. Hill and has helped train other Boy Scout at the district level for several years. He plans to pursue a career in engineering after graduation.
The two met in scouting and became fast friends as they mentored and helped each other achieve the Eagle rank.