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This is the season for celebrating the young men in our community who have turned their scouting dreams into reality.

Five Boy Scouts recently participated in Court of Honor ceremonies marking the goals, dedication and accomplishments required to earn the rank of Eagle Scout. They are Carl J. Bauer IV, Colin Burch, Colin Fedor, Jordan Kimmel and Patrick Nolan.

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Carl represents Troop 328 at Timonium United Methodist Church. His project focused on a pedestrian tunnel connecting the Monsignor O'Dwyer Retreat House in Sparks with its overflow parking and recreation space across York Road. The pedestrian tunnel for the retreat center offers a safe option for crossing a busy and potentially hazardous street to the more than 7,000 people who annually use the facility. When it rained, the tunnel's path became muddy and slippery, and the chipping and graffiti-covered walls made it unappealing.

Thanks to Carl's service project, the retreat center now offers a safe and dry walkway to the youth and young adults who gather there. Carl's strategy for the tunnel involved scraping its walls of chipped paint, applying two fresh coats of paint, and building and installing a 90-foot boardwalk. Completing this project required 221 hours and cost $1,225.

Carl is a sophomore at Dulaney High School whose commitment to scouting led him to earn the highest award possible from the Boy Scouts of America at 15 years of age. Carl is also a member of the Order of the Arrow, a national honor society for scouts, and has earned 42 badges, double the requirement needed to become an Eagle Scout. Carl intends to stay involved with his troop until he is 18, helping other scouts reach their goals.

Colin Burch, Colin Fedor, Jordan Kimmel and Patrick Nolan are all members of Troop 711 at Grace Evangelical English Lutheran Church in Lutherville. During their May 7 ceremony, Scoutmaster Mike Gonglewski reminded them that only one of every 50 boys who join Boy Scouts achieves the rank of Eagle.

Colin Burch is a junior at Towson High School. His service project put 336 hours into Camp Running Bear in Monkton. There he excavated approximately 80 cubic feet of mulch, stones and dirt, then back-filled that area with concrete.

A closed trail at Lake Roland Park now features fencing and water bars, thanks to the work of St. Paul's School senior Colin Fedor and his service project. Another St. Paul's School senior, Jordan Kimmel, made toy cars as gifts for children at Mount Washington Pediatric Hospital.

Patrick Nolan, a senior at Dulaney High School, transformed St. Vincent's Cemetery in Clifton Park. His service project, almost 860 hours, involved clearing approximately 500 trees and stacking the wood to grind it for mulch, resulting in a scenic and respectful final resting place for more than 3,000 departed Baltimoreans.

Congratulations to each of these young men.

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