Crumrine earns Eagle Scout rank

January 23, 2008

Troop 4, Hagerstown, honored Michael James Crumrine with the highest award in Scouting ? the Eagle Scout on Dec. 29 at First Christian Church, Hagerstown.

Former Committee Chairman Fred Nugent called the Court of Honor to order and Troop 4 conducted the opening ceremony.

Nugent read "One Hundred Scouts." Troop 8 Eagle Scout Doug Grove gave the call to order and administered the Eagle Charge and Oath. Nugent gave the Eagle obligation. Scoutmaster Mike Kelly presented the Eagle badge to Michael. He then in turn presented Michael's mother with a miniature Eagle pin, and his father with a miniature Eagle tie tack. Michael is the son of Gil and Mary Crumrine.

State Sen. Don Munson presented a State Resolution; Del. Robert McKee presented a House Resolution and Ted Hull from the Hagerstown Elks Club presented the Americanism Award and a U.S. flag. The Elks Club purchases the Eagle kits for every Eagle Scout in Washington County. Michael received many letters of congratulations.


Michael began Scouting as a Tiger Cub in Pack 8, Hagerstown. He earned all the ranks in Cub Scouts, including the highest award, the Arrow of Light in 1998. He joined Troop 4 in spring 1998. Michael has served in the following leadership position for the troop: quartermaster, troop guide, assistant patrol leader, patrol leader and senior patrol leader. He has earned 25 merit badges and became a member of the Order of the Arrow. He has attended summer camp at Sinoquipe Scout Reservation and Portaferry, N.Y. He has attended the World Brotherhood Jamboree in Canada and National Scout Jamborees in 2001 and 2005. He and his father attended the Philmont Scout Ranch in 2002.

Michael's Eagle project was to rebuild large frames enclosing a large conference center screened porch. This structure is at a campsite used by the First Christian Church youth members.

Michael is a graduate of St. Maria Goretti High School and served on the Destination Imagination and Battle of the Books teams. He served on a mission team with the school to the Appalachia area in Kentucky. Michael has attended Shepherd University and will be transferring to Loyola University in Chicago. He is a member of First Christian Church, serving as a junior deacon, acolyte and on the student leadership team and is a member of the praise band. He has played ice hockey for the Hagerstown Bulldogs for seven years and has been on several mission trips to Zimbabwe, Africa, to construct an orphanage house for the Khayelihle Children's Village.

The invocation was given by Pastor Bob Regenold, past minister of First Christian Church, and the benediction was given by Pastor Fred Harris.

John Wesley United Methodist Church sponsors Troop 4.

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