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Two developmentally disabled men receive Eagle Scout badges
Two developmentally disabled men receive Eagle Scout badges

Since 1912, more than two million Boy Scouts nationwide have earned Eagle Scout, the highest rank awarded by the Boy Scouts of America. Count Derrick Keith Hairston and Richard Thomas Jacobs among the ranks. The only difference is that they aren't boys. Jacobs, of Carney, is 44. Hairston, of Towson, is 45. Both are developmentally disabled and are longtime members of Boy Scout Troop 730, a troop for men with special needs, based at the White Oak School in Parkville. Troop members are considered "Scouts for life." Jacobs and Hairston became Boy Scouts in 1981 and have earned dozens of required merit badges. Thirty three years later, wearing their green and tan Scout...

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