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Scouting

April 22, 2007

Kaziah M. "Kaz" White, a 15-year old Life Scout from Boy Scout Troop 33 in Shepherdstown, W.Va., recently built the new, remote White Oak Campsite at Manidokan Outdoor Ministries Center, to satisfy one of the major requirements for attaining the rank of Eagle Scout.

The campsite is accessed by the recently constructed White Oak Trail at Manidokan - an outdoor ministries center in southern Washington County which is owned and operated by the Baltimore-Washington Conference of the United Methodist Church.

White planned, designed, acquired the funding, and built campsite, designed with a capacity of 12 to 16 campers. He based his campsite on the similar designs and content of the other five campsites at Manidokan; consisting of: a 14- by 14-foot gable-roofed pavilion with an 8-foot picnic table; a fire circle with four 8-foot benches; and a cleared area for 12 to 14 tent campers.

Over a period of approximately 12 months, White held eight major work days to carry out the project, which was completed in August 2006.

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White, a sophomore at Jefferson High School, is the son of Christa Bound of Shannondale and Ed White of Las Cruces, N.M.

Troop 33 is sponsored by New Street United Methodist Church in Shepherdstown. White has served as a Patrol Quartermaster, an Assistant Patrol Leader and is currently Assistant Senior Patrol Leader. Over his six years of Cub Scouting and Boy Scouting, he has earned the World Conservation Award; the Gettysburg/ Eisenhower Heritage Trail Medal, and is a Brotherhood Member of the Order of the Arrow. Kaz is mentored in Troop 33 by his paternal grandparents, Mr. and Mrs. Tom White of Shepherdstown. He is working on his final requirement for Eagle Scout rank, earning the Personal Fitness merit badge.

At Jefferson High, White is active in the Jefferson High marching and concert bands. He has an avid interest in music, and plans to pursue a career in instrumental music.

Life Scout Kaziah "Kaz" White works with Manidokan Maintenance Director Dick Kaetzel preparing the ground for the footings for the corner support posts for the pavilion at the new White Oak Campsite, which White built as his Eagle Scout Service Project at Manidokan Outdoor Ministries Center.

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