Boy Scout Troop 793's FIRST Robotics FTC Team Some Disassembly Required are seen with their award from the Maryland FTC State Championship. In back holding the banner, left to right, are: Justin Argauer and Zack Gronlund. Second row: Coach Al Gronlund, Mac Smith, Logan Carter, Bradley Argauer, Griffin Holt, James Parry and Connor Tinker.  Front row: Ryan Argauer and Jerome Romano.  (Photo by Brian Holt / March 4, 2014)

Boy Scout Troop 793 is a large, active troop which is chartered by, and meets at, the Glenelg United Methodist Church on Burntwoods Road. The troop works hard to support the food pantry at the church through Eagle Scout projects, fundraisers and food donation drives.

The most recent Eagle Scout project was conducted by Alex Johnson, whose project involved improving the storage capabilities for the food pantry. Johnson supervised the building of food storage cabinets and a table on which to sort food.

In February the troop raised $200 for the food pantry by selling concessions at the Cub Scout Pack 761 Pinewood Derby. In December they held a baked-goods auction. Each Scout (or his parent) made a cake or other baked item, which was auctioned. Some of the elaborately decorated cakes sold for $80, and the troop raised more than $1,000, which was donated to the food pantry.

Each year the troop participates in Scouting for Food in March. Last year they brought in almost 600 pounds of food, and this year they have set a goal of 1,000 pounds. All of this food goes directly to the Glenelg food pantry. These Scouts are truly doing their best to help other people at all times.

In addition to their support of the food pantry, the troop is active with a FIRST Robotics FTC Team. The FIRST (For Inspiration and Recognition of Science and Technology) Robotics FTC (First Tech Challenge) Team participated in the Maryland State Championship on Saturday, Feb. 22, at the Johns Hopkins University Applied Physics Lab in Laurel.

The team received the top prize, the Inspire Award. This formally judged award is given to the team that embodies the challenge of the FTC program and serves as a role-model. Once a team has won an Inspire Award at a Championship, it is no longer eligible to win the Inspire Award at additional championship tournaments they may attend. As a result, when the team attended the Pennsylvania State Championship on Saturday, March 1, they received the Motivate Award.

The team, named Some Disassembly Required, will now move on to the Super Regional Qualifier in York, Pa., in early April. FTC is for students in grades 7 through 12 who want to learn how to design, build and program robots as part of a team, while learning the value of hard work, innovation and creativity.

The Glenelg Jazz Band will perform with special guest soloist Doug Elliot on Thursday, March 20, at 7 p.m., in the Glenelg Auditorium. Tickets for the show are $8, and are available from any member of the Glenelg Marching Unit or Jazz Band.

Doug Elliot is a professional tenor and alto trombonist, teacher and clinician. A native of Silver Spring, Doug was solo jazz trombonist with the U.S. Air Force Airmen of Note from 1989 through 1996. He has recorded with the Bill Pots Big Band and the Bruce Gates Big Band. Currently, he is playing lead trombone with the Artie Shaw Orchestra and bass trombone with the Smithsonian Jazz Masterworks Orchestra. and always put on a great show.

Several weeks ago I wrote about the ECHO Project (Every Child Has Opportunities — in Music), which was looking for donations of musical instruments to help local schools supply instruments to students who could not afford one. I received some follow up information from Berni Giroux, the president of Howard County Parents for School Music, about the results of the collection at the Howard County Solo and Ensemble Festival on Saturday, Feb. 1. Many instruments were donated, including three pianos, two drum sets, two bell kits, one snare drum, one keyboard, one viola, four violins, one cello, two trumpets, one trumpet stand and mute, two clarinets, one French horn, one euphonium, one saxophone, one trombone and one flute.