Cape St. Claire scout troop honors Eagle Scouts

Cape Boy Scout Troop 783 recently had Eagle Scout Ceremonies for six new Eagle Scouts whose projects have benefited the Broadneck community.

The new Eagle Scouts are: Leone Richard Brown, Andrew T. DiPietro, Matthew L. DiPietro, John F. Kelly, David Edward Nekula, and William Sizemore III. All are students at Broadneck High School, except Leo, who attends Archbishop Spalding High School.

Leo has been in scouts since the first grade when he joined Pack 707 in Cape St. Claire. He has participated in many camping trips, hikes, bike rides, and volunteer excursions, such as the bi-annual Goshen Farm Open House. A highlight of his summer camp experiences was an extreme summer experience, which included white water river rafting.

As troop webmaster, Leo created a training guide so other troop members could add information and pictures to the website. For his Eagle project, Leo built two 8-foot picnic tables for Lake Claire Beach and moved the two old benches to Deep Creek Marina March 31 with the help of Troop 783 and members of his old troop, Troop 2214.

Andrew DiPietro joined Cub Scouts pack 723 at Windsor Farms Elementary school. He bridged to Troop 783 in February 2013. He has earned 34 merit badges, and a Bronze and Gold Eagle Palm award.

When Andrew heard a local preschool needed new picnic tables he built three and refurbished their existing tables for his Eagle Scout Project.

Matthew DiPietro joined Cub Scout in 2009. He met Troop 783 Scoutmaster Dewayne Sharp while camping at a Webelos Woodsmoke annual campout and knew that was the troop he wanted to join as a Boy Scout. He has earned 35 merit badges.

Matthew’s Eagle Scout Project was gathering and organizing 60 care packages for Naval Academy plebes during Plebe Summer.

Will Sizemore has been a scout since the third grade while living in Texas. When his family moved to Maryland in March 2013, he joined Troop 783 and bridged to Boy Scout. In 2016, he joined the Venture Crew, and that summer participated in a rafting, rock-climbing, and mountain biking trip.

Will’s Eagle Scout Service Project was a three phase, four-month, oyster restoration effort in the Chesapeake Bay. Phase one was leading a group of Scouts and friends picking up mature oysters from cages under volunteers’ docks on the Severn River and placing them in a newly created oyster reef near the Route 50 bridge.

Phase two was leading a group of scouts building oyster cages at the Horn Point Oyster Hatchery in Cambridge, Maryland. Phase three was leading a group of Scouts delivering fresh oyster spat in cages to volunteers to hang from their docks on the Severn River. He is a 16-year old junior at Broadneck High School and is on the varsity sailing team, It’s Academic Team, and the band.

Jack Kelly became a Tiger Cub in first grade at Windsor Farms Elementary school, in a pack led by his father Pete. He bridged to Boy Scout Troop 783 in 2012. He has taken part in several District, Council, and National Events and was awarded a Centennial Medal. As a Scout, he has shown interest in the Junior Leadership development weekends.

For his Eagle Scout Project, he and his troop constructed a firepit and covered wood shed in the Youth Camping Area at Sandy Point State Park. Jack is also involved with the Broadneck Dramatics Guild and musical theater and will be playing the role of Bill Austin in the upcoming Spring Musical, Mama Mia.

David Edward Nekula joined scouting in 2007 when he was six as a Tiger Scout with Pack 941 in West Chester, Ohio. After moving to Maryland, he transitioned to Pack 950 and received his Arrow of Light in 2012. He bridged to Troop 783 in 2012.

David’s Eagle Project was construction of 12 wooden recycling bin containers for the Cape Saint Claire Improvement Association. Much of the troop was able to participate in the assembly of these bins and final placement took place on Thanksgiving Day 2017.

David will be graduating this spring and intends to study Physics or Engineering in college. He has played the saxophone since elementary school. When he finished his Eagle Project in November 2017, the timing was perfect because he had found his calling in marching band and it led to a year of training and touring with Jersey Surf Drum and Bugle Corp.

At his Eagle Scout ceremony, David awarded a mentor pin to his father, Scoutmaster Jabe Nekula.

Maureen Thomas can be reached at aroundbroadneck@gmail.com.

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