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Cory Beatty earns Eagle Scout rank

December 04, 2007

Boy Scout Troop 2, Hagerstown, honored Cory Lee Beatty with the highest award in Scouting - the Eagle Scout on Nov. 17 at Otterbein United Methodist Church, Hagerstown.

Cory is the son of Roger and Judy Beatty.

Troop 2 conducted the opening ceremony and led the audience in the Pledge of Allegiance.

The invocation and benediction were given by committee member Jack Rudy.

Troop 5 Scoutmaster Robert Holsinger opened the Court of Honor. "The Four Winds" Ceremony was presented by Gary Hill as the Chief, Adam Mumma as the East Wind, Justin Mumma as the West Wind, Scott Schneider as the South Wind and Tom Hoover as the North Wind.

Robert Holsinger gave the Eagle Charge. Scoutmaster Robert Mumma presented the Eagle badge to Cory and he then presented his mother with a miniature Eagle pin, and his father with a miniature Eagle tie tack.

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A State Senate resolution was received from State Sen. Donald Munson and a Maryland House Resolution from Del. LeRoy Myers.

Jerry Cump, from the Hagerstown Elks Club, presented the Americanism Award and a U.S. flag. The Elks Club also purchases the Eagle kits for every Eagle Scout in Washington County.

A Certificate of Achievement was received from the Town of Williamsport and a U.S. flag was received from U.S. Rep. Roscoe Bartlett.

Cory began Scouting as a Tiger Cub in Pack 64, Maugansville. He earned all of the Cub Scout ranks, including the highest award in Cub Scouts - the Arrow of Light.

In 2001, he joined Troop 5, Hagerstown, and in 2003 transferred to Troop 2. Cory has served in the following leadership position: patrol leader, assistant senior patrol leader and senior patrol leader.

He has attended summer camp at Sinoquipe Scout Reservation and has served as a Den Chief for Pack 64.

He has assisted with the Williamsport Day Camp. Cory participated in the National Scout Jamboree at Fort A.P. Hill. He has earned 47 merit badges.

In 2004, Cory was inducted into the Order of the Arrow, Guneukitschik Lodge No. 317 and became a Brotherhood member in 2005. He has served as secretary for the lodge and has attended yearly conclaves and pow wows.

Cory joined Venturing Crew 2 "The Potamac Indian Dancers" in 2003 as a traditional dancer and has performed at various community and school events. Cory now serves as the lead traditional dancer for Crew 2.

Cory's Eagle project involved identifying those buried at Riverview Cemetery in Williamsport.

This was done by getting names and burial dates from existing headstones and footstones and recording them in a plot book making a permanent record.

He identified approximately 2,600 burials. Cory presented the organized book to the Williamsport Town Museum. He also planted two red dogwood trees at the cemetery to replace two older trees which were removed.

Cory is a senior at Washington County Technical High School, studying collision repair. He is employed with Black and Decker Outlet and Whitetail Ski Resort and plans to further his education in diesel engine repair.

Otterbein United Methodist Church, Hagerstown, sponsors Troop 2.

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