Eagles Scout soaring to national competition with Legion

Howard County Times

Congratulations to Jacob L. Witlin of Ellicott City.

The Mount Hebron High School student was named The American Legion’s Department of Maryland 2018 Eagle Scout of the Year. Dana V. Edwards, Boy Scout Committee American Legion’s Department of Maryland chairman, presented Witlin the award and a $500 college scholarship at the Legion’s Maryland Convention in Ocean City on July 12.

As the Maryland state winner, Witlin won the opportunity to compete in the national American Legion Eagle Scout award competition that comes with a $10,000 college scholarship.

To be eligible for the competition, Eagle Scouts must meet the following criteria: be active in his religious institution, earned the Boy Scout religious emblem for his faith and demonstrate practical citizenship in his church, school, Scouting and the community.

In addition, candidates must be a registered, active member of a Boy Scout Troop, Varsity Scout Team or Venturing Crew chartered by an American Legion Post, Auxiliary unit or Sons of the American Legion Squadron or be the son or grandson of a Legionnaire, Sons of the American Legion or American Legion Auxiliary member. Wiltlin is the son of Terri and Michael Witlin. Both Michael and Jacob are members of the Sons of the American Legion Squadron at Post 60 in Laurel.

Witlin received his Eagle Scout Rank on Feb. 28, 2017, as a member of Boy Scouts of America Troop 874, chartered by the Glen Mar United Methodist Church in Ellicott City. For his Eagle Scout project, he built a dock with railings and built-in seating overlooking a pond at the Lubavitch Center of Howard County.

Best of luck to Jacob in the national Eagle Scout competition.

Glen Mar Church hosts The U.S. Army Field Band’s Federal Brass on Thursday, Aug. 16, at 7 p.m. This free indoor concert brings the newest Army Field Band ensembles to the Ellicott City stage. The group plays both new and original music that highlights the musicians’ collective experience in big bands, jazz combos, rock bands and orchestras. Refreshments and child care (pre-school and younger) is provided.

The church is at 4701 New Cut Road in Ellicott City. For more information, go to glenmarumc.orgor call 410-465-4995, ext. 209.

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