SInce the rank was introduced in 1911, the Boys Scouts of America have bestowed the Eagle Scout, its highest rank attainable, to deserving young men. To earn the distinguished rank, Scouts must successfully complete a rigorous Scouting program that includes earning 21 merit badges and organizing and conducting a substantial community service project.
Many famous Americans hold the rank of Eagle Scout, including director Steven Spielberg, former New York City mayor and media mogul Michael Bloomberg, Walmart founder Sam Walton, former U.S. President Gerald Ford, and former U.S. Senator and astronaut Neil Armstrong, the first man to walk on the moon.
This year, several Ellicott City Scouts have joined the ranks of this elite group of Eagles.
In Worthington, Karla and Tom Dwyer's son Scott earned his Eagle rank. A member of Troop 874, Glen Mar Methodist Church, Scott's Eagle Project supported the YMCA of Central Maryland on Montgomery Road in Ellicott City by building picnic tables and back pack racks for their summer camps.
In addition to earning his Eagle Scout rank, the Mt. Hebron senior received his second degree black belt at American Academy of Martial Arts in Columbia and played the Euphonium as a four-year member of his high school marching band. This fall, Dwyer will attend Howard Community College, majoring in Exercise Science.
From Boy Scout Troop 615, Troop Advancement Chairman Bob Peters proudly informed me of a new Eagle, Matthew Jackson. For his Eagle Project, the Mount St. Joseph High School senior organized and led a team of Scouts and adult volunteers in the construction of a stone walkway at the Howard County Conservancy.
In Centennial, Sori and Joel Meredith's son Collin received his Eagle rank at a Boy Scout Troop 944 Eagle Court of Honor ceremony. For his Eagle project, the Centennial High School junior built and installed benches in the prayer garden of his home church, Bethany United Methodist Church. Collin is the 137th Scout to attain the rank of Eagle in Boy Scout Troop 944.
Congratulations to all new Eagle Scouts this year. Thank you for your contribution to our community.
Rockland United Methodist Church invites the community to its free Outdoor Worship Service and Music Festival on Sunday, June 7. Heldin Rockland's outdoor amphitheater, the event begins with the Outdoor Worship Service at 11 a.m. and continues with the Music Festival from 1 to 5 p.m. where attendee will hear the music of the Lone Mountain Band, a local artists group who perform country, gospel, bluegrass, blues and rock 'n' roll.
Shirley Massey, of Rockland United Methodist, suggests bringingyour own blankets or chairs to join the congregation in worship, music and fellowship. Parking is free on the church campus. A concessions stand will be available for food and drinks. The church is at 8971 Chapel Ave. in Ellicott City.