Teen earns Eagle Scout rank with blood drive


MARK VANSTEKELENBURG has become Clarksville Boy Scout Troop 737's newest Eagle Scout.

For his Eagle project, Mark, 18, led a blood drive to benefit the Washington Hospital Center.

The drive, held at the Fifth District Volunteer Fire Department in Clarksville, provided 28 units of blood, which in turn produced 84 blood products for patients.

Participating in the blood drive were nine Scouts, nine hospital volunteers and 39 donors.

Planning, publicizing and executing the drive required more than 250 hours of work by VanStekelenburg.

An Eagle Court of Honor was held outside at the VanStekelenburg home in Ellicott City on Homewood Road on June 3.

Eagle Scout Noud Van VanStekelenburg, Mark's older brother, was master of ceremonies. Scouts Adam Yozwiak and Grant Waldron opened the ceremony. A poem was read by Victoria VanStekelenburg, Mark's younger sister.

Former Troop 737 Scoutmaster Joe Mettle, also an Eagle Scout, presented the Eagle Charge.

Assistant Scoutmaster Tom Hartman, Life Scout Jonathan Kraeuter, Star Scouts Tom Larsen and Jeremy Kraeuter, and Scout J.R. Brown also participated in the ceremony.

Mark's grandparents and aunt came from the Netherlands to be part of the celebration.

Hartman and Mettle read congratulatory letters and citations from Pope John Paul II, President and Hillary Rodham Clinton, Sen. Paul S. Sarbanes, Rep. Benjamin L. Cardin, Gov. Parris N. Glendening, Lt. Gov. Kathleen Kennedy Townsend and County Executive James N. Robey, among others.

Mark graduated from Mount St. Joseph High School the day before his Eagle Award ceremony. He participated in varsity football, track and volleyball at the school.

He plans to attend Cornell University this fall.

Lacrosse camps

The popularity of lacrosse is growing in Howard County and nationwide. Evening boys lacrosse camps will be offered at Glenelg Country School in two sessions.

Grouped by age and skill level, boys will learn the basic skills of lacrosse - stick work, dodging and shooting.

There is special instruction for goalies and individual attention given to beginners.

Each evening session concludes with swimming.

Extras include nightly contests, equipment giveaways and visits from prominent high school and college coaches.

Equipment rental is available.

Session 1 will be held from 6 p.m. to 8:30 p.m. Monday to July 21.

Session 2, Face-Off Week, will be held from 6 p.m. to 8 p.m. July 24 to 27.

This session will be devoted to scrimmage play and game situations, and is open to more experienced players and those who attended Session 1.

Kevin Boland, head of the middle school at Glenelg Country School, will coach the camps.

He was an All-American at the University of Maryland and has coached high school and youth lacrosse for 23 years.

The cost for each session is $100; equipment rental is an additional $20. Spaces are limited in the first session; the second session is open, and goalies can attend for half-price.

Information and registration: Glenelg Country School, 410-531-0501, Ext. 2214; Boland, 301-498-7217.

Captive Free

Come see Captive Free in concert at 4:30 p.m. July 29 on the lawn of Shepherd of the Glen Lutheran Church in Glenwood.

This youth-oriented band will offer something for everyone with its "Be Not Afraid!" tour theme.

A talented team of young adults, the spirited Captive Free band members are on a yearlong tour offering a musical ministry in the Eastern United States.

Donations will be accepted. Bring a picnic supper, blankets and lawn chairs.

The event is sponsored by the Western Howard County Ecumenical Youth Outreach Program of Shepherd of the Glen Lutheran Church, St. Andrew's Episcopal Church, and Jennings Chapel and Poplar Springs United Methodist churches.

The church is at 14551 Burnt Woods Road in Glenwood.

Information: 410-442-1204.

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