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Boonsboro's Hauber attains Eagle Scout rank

June 14, 2007

Boonsboro's Troop 20 held an Eagle Scout Court of Honor last month at Benevola United Methodist Church in Boonsboro to honor Aaron J. Hauber's achievement of the rank of Eagle Scout.

This feat is accomplished by just a few percent of the boys who become Boy Scouts.

The Master of Ceremonies for the May 20 event was Bret Smith, chairman of the Troop 20 committee. Scoutmaster Sandy Bunker oversaw the presentation of the Eagle Medal and pins.

Guests included Del. Christopher Shank, who presented Aaron with a resolution from the State House commending him. Ted Hull of the Hagerstown Lodge 378 Benevolent and Protective Order of Elks presented Aaron with a silk American flag and the Elks Americanism Award.

Requirements for attaining the rank of Eagle include earning 21 merit badges, including First Aid, Citizenship in the Community, Citizenship in the Nation, Citizenship in the World, Communications, Personal Fitness, Lifesaving, Environmental Science, Personal Management, Swimming, Camping and Family Life.

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Aaron achieved the Scout Rank in May 2000, learning to recite the Scout Oath and Law, and meeting other requirements. In October 2000, he reached Tenderfoot rank, meeting 15 requirements including being able to demonstrate the Heimlich maneuver.

The following month, he achieved Second Class rank. For this, he met 11 requirments, including demonstrating a water rescue.

In April 2001, Aaron achieved First Class rank. As one of the 13 requirements for this rank, he was certified in CPR at Boonsboro Company 69.

He achieved Star rank in December 2002. To do this, he had to meet several requirements, including doing a Star Service Project. Aaron's service project was the clean up and replanting of the landscaped area in front of the Troop 20 Scout House.

He achieved Life rank in March 2004. One of the primary requirements of the Life rank is the demonstration of leadership. Aaron fulfilled this requirement by serving as Patrol Leader for a six-month term.

One of the requirements to become an Eagle Scout is to plan, develop and lead a service project that helps the community and benefits an organization other than Scouting. The project must be approved by the organization benefiting from the project, the scoutmaster, the troop committee, and the council before work can begin.

Aaron's service project was to work on restoration of the South Mountain Battlefield for the Maryland State Park Service. This involved clearing trees and brush from the battlefield.

The goal was to restore the field to the condition of the Civil War battle fought Sept. 14, 1862.

In all, 18 volunteers put in more than 160 man-hours before project was completed last November.

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