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Boy Scout Troop 742 heads north of the border [Towson]

Members of Boy Scout Troop 742 participate in a “Shakedown Cruise” training exercise at the Wye Island National Resources Management Area in June for their Northern Tier trip.
Members of Boy Scout Troop 742 participate in a “Shakedown Cruise” training exercise at the Wye Island National Resources Management Area in June for their Northern Tier trip. (Submitted photo)

On July 19, members of Boy Scout Troop 742, based at Providence United Methodist Church, headed to Ely, Minn., to spend a week in the woods as they trek into Ontario, Canada.

The boys, ages 14-17, begin their journey at the Charles L. Sommers Canoe Base, which is part of the Boy Scouts' Northern Tier High Adventure Program. The scouts and 12 adults will leave for the Boundary Waters Canoe Area Wilderness of Minnesota and cross over into the Quetico Provincial Park of Ontario.

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While the boys will bring provisions with them such as water purification systems, most of the journey will be spent living "off the land" and fishing for their meals.

Scoutmaster Joe Cellucci, of West Towson, said everyone was excited. "This is one of the aspirations of this group for the last four years. The programs offer direct physical, emotional, intellectual, and spiritual challenges. The growth potential is fantastic."

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The troop will be divided into four groups of eight crew members, each led by an interpreter, or guide. It is unlikely that the groups will see each other until they return to their base camp on July 25.

"We know we need to work together," said Cellucci. "We are very interdependent. We will grow from the challenges we face, and the friendships will be enduring on a much deeper level."

Scout Participants include Jeffrey Bowerman, Luca Cellucci, Max Cojocaru, Kenton Cuddington, Tyler French, Brayden Kammar, Will Kemp, Abhinav Khushalani, Jonathan Krimm, Luke Litrenta, Christian Love, Sam Madder, Alex Meoli, Josh Meoli, David Michaels, Emelio Pavoni, Lorenzo Pavoni, Josh Rice, Jordan Salahuddin, and Damian Stifter.

Mia Clare Cucuzzella, of Loch Raven Village, has always celebrated her July 4 birthday with a party that includes fireworks put on by the Associates of Loch Raven Village.

Mia Clare's parents, Jeanne and Chris Cucuzzella, always encourage party guests to donate to the fireworks. This year, Mia Clare made a direct request, asking guests to donate in lieu of a birthday gift.

Mia Clare, now 9, sold 20 raffle tickets at $5 each, and all 12 invited families donated to the fireworks. Jeanne Cucuzzella also gave every child a fireworks raffle ticket.

When members of the Loch Raven Village board learned of this kind gesture, they were moved to give something back. On July 4, board member Kate Walkinshaw presented Mia Clare with a Tutti Frutti gift certificate to show the board's appreciation.

Mia Clare wants the party to continue for many years. "This is fun [spending] time with family and friends."

Loch Raven Village accepts fireworks donations throughout the year. Go to http://lochravenvillage.com/fireworks.html for more information.

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