Timothy Bach, 17, has finally reached the apex of his Scouting career -- and the Odenton Public Library is proof of his success.
To achieve the prestigious Eagle rank, Timothy, of Boy Scout Troop 377, planted eight cherry trees along the library's exit path.
"It was something for the community," he said. "That's the point of the project -- to give something back." Achieving the Eagle rank, he added, is like "being made a general in the Army."
Assistant Scoutmaster Tony Russel said all Scouts who aspire to the Eagle rank must choose a project that would benefit the community. Timothy's project had to be approved by the scoutmaster and the local Baltimore Area Council as a "worthy project."
"The project has minimum supervision and must show that the Scout can set up, organize and lead all on his own," Mr. Russel said.
Scoutmaster Gary Greening has known Timothy for three years.
"He's grown into a great leader," Mr. Greening said. "He's very bright, caring and a straight-A student. This project is the culmination of his Scouting experience."
Mr. Greening said Timothy has been nominated Senior Troop Leader several times by his fellow troop members, and is considered the group's natural leader.
Timothy worked with the Odenton Library Board to get money for the project. Spokeswoman Karen Mansbridge said the library had been bequeathed some money for the purpose of tree-planting.
Timothy entered the picture when he learned of the tree-planting fund through a friend. Members of the library board were anxious to help Timothy decide what type of trees to plant and where to plant them.
"We really are excited to have this done," Ms. Mansbridge said. "We've always wanted to do this. The whole staff was really interested in the project."
Saturday, Timothy finally put his plan in motion, planting the long-awaited cherry trees with the help of 10 to 15 other Scouts. By doing so, he achieved his Eagle rank and upheld one of Mr. Greening's Boy Scout mottoes.
"When we leave this life, let's leave it better than we found it," Mr. Greening said.