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Boonsboro youth earns Eagle Scout rank

December 26, 2007

BOONSBORO - Jacob L. Reinhart, 14, of Boonsboro, received the highest award in Scouting, the Eagle Scout Award, in a Court of Honor ceremony Sept. 23 at Clopper-Michael American Legion Post 10 in Boonsboro.

The Court of Honor was called to order by Scoutmaster Sandra Bunker of Boy Scout Troop 20, sponsored by the Boonsboro Lions Club.

The Order of the Arrow Eagle Scout ceremony was led by Kyle Zittle and also included Andy Kreibel, Seth Martin, Bentley Straley, Eric Reese, Brian Stanley and Billy Bunker.

Jacob's mother, Penny Sellers, presented him with the Eagle Badge. Jacob, in turn, presented his mother with a miniature Eagle pin and his father, Russ Reinhart, and stepfather, Bill Brady, with an Eagle tie tack.

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Jacob received Congressional recognition, along with an American flag that was flown over the U.S. Capitol from U.S. Rep. Roscoe Bartlett. He also received a Maryland Senate resolution on behalf of Sen. Donald Munson and a Maryland House resolution from Del. Christopher Shank.

Boonsboro Assistant Mayor Howard Long presented a proclamation from the Mayor and Council of Boonsboro. Don Donat presented the Americanism award and silk flag from Hagerstown Elks Lodge 378. The Elks Lodge purchases the Eagle kits for every Eagle Scout in Washington County. Jacob also received many letters of congratulations.

The invocation and benediction were given by Scout Tim Winebrenner. The presentation of colors was provided by a Scout color guard team of Tyler Dahlgreen and Matthew DeTora. Candles were lighted by Scout Josh Bikle.

Jacob began scouting as a Cub Scout with pack 50 in Boonsboro. He earned all the Cub Scout ranks, including the highest award in Cub Scouting, the Arrow of Light. In 2004, he then crossed the bridge into Boy Scouts, joining Troop 20. His leadership positions included patrol leader, librarian, historian, quartermaster and scribe. He became a member of the Order of the Arrow in July 2007. Jacob has earned 33 merit badges.

He has attended summer camp at Sinoquipe Scout Reservation for the past three years. He also attended a weeklong leadership training at Sinoquipe. Jacob has participated in many troop outings and service projects, including Boonesborough Days, Lions Club pancake breakfast, Keedysville Ruritan bingo, camporees and camping outings.

Jacob's Eagle project was to plan, coordinate, supervise and work on constructing a 75-foot-long handicapped assessible pathway from the parking lot to a pavilion at the Rock Run area of Gambrill State Park in Frederick, Md. The project was completed with the aid of Troop 20 members, family and friends.

Jacob plans to continue Scouting with Troop 20. He is looking forward to going to Philmont Scout Ranch in New Mexico next summer. Jacob is a freshman at Boonsboro High School.

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