Three new Eagle Scouts flying high in Troop 328 [Timonium]

Boy Scout Troop 328 of Timonium United Methodist Church has been buzzing with activity the last few months.

For starters, it celebrated an Eagle Court of Honor for three of its Scouts on April 20. David Harper, Matt Rafferty and J.P. Schmelz were recognized for attaining the rank of Eagle, the highest award in Scouting.

For their Eagle service projects, David reconstructed a trail at the Woodbourne Center in Baltimore City; Matt collected more than 200 musical instruments and related items in support of Baltimore City Public Schools; and J.P. constructed a judges' reviewing stand for the new Baltimore County Agricultural Center on Shawan Road.

The ceremony featured presentations by the United States Marine Corps League, state Sen. Jim Brochin and Kate Gieron from the office of U.S. Rep. Dutch Ruppersberger. The congressman has known Matt since Matt was very young, and Ms. Gieron shared a very personal letter of congratulations from Dutch. Adult leaders Lee Schmelz, Ethan Young and Jim Rafferty were also honored with plaques acknowledging their service to the troop.

Late in April, the troop took to the Appalachian Trail in Pennsylvania for an overnight backpacking trip. Scouts David Harper, Mark Moody, George Logan, Price Marlow and Adam Beckey joined adults Robert Logan and Jim Rafferty in covering more than 10 miles of the trail on a spectacular spring weekend.

In another Court of Honor held on May 2, the troop recognized advancement achievements by its Scouts. Merit Badges earned were: Nicholas Burton-Prateley, camping; Evan Cuddington, pets; Kenton Cuddington, communications; Benjamin Miller, camping; Scott Mouring, communications; Lucas Myers, citizenship in the community and personal management; Nicholas Myers, personal fitness and personal management.

Advancements achieved were: Tenderfoot, Evan Cuddington and Paul Mouring; Second Class, Joshua Engelman; and Eagle Scout, Lucas Myers and Nicholas Myers. The Myers brothers will be recognized at an Eagle Court of Honor on June 9. Brenden Mueller received the Recruiter Award. Kenton Cuddington received the Heritage Trails Medal for completion of five historic hikes and tours at Gettysburg Battlefield. Religious Awards have been earned by Evan Cuddington, Paul Mouring, Joshua Engelman, Kenton Cuddington and Scott Mouring. Benjamin Miller was installed as the new Senior Patrol Leader. The Matthew Martin Campership Award went to Kenton Cuddington.

In addition, the Richard G. Hall Memorial Award, which recognizes demonstration of Scout spirit in daily life, was given to Jack Dougherty. The Joseph E. Glass Leadership Award, which is given to one or more graduating seniors, was presented to Clayton Cuddington, Matthew Hall, Lucas Myers, and Nicholas Myers.

The Towson Business & Professional Women present "How to Take Your Business to the Next Level" on May 30 at the Crowne Plaza Hotel in Timonium, Registration is 5:30. Speaker is Ash Shakula, author of "Sell Like Crazy." Light buffet is included in the $25 registration. Contact Donna Smith at or 301-797-8761. The club meets every other month and invites anyone interested in joining to contact Barbara Roth 410-828-0877

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