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Jeffrey DeTora earns Eagle Scout rank

February 29, 2008

Troop 20 in Boonsboro honored Jeffrey T. DeTora with the highest award in Scouting - the Eagle Scout rank on Jan. 4 at the Antietam Community Center in Keedysville.

Jeffrey is the son of Bill and Carol DeTora.

The court of honor was called to order by Committee Chairman Bret Smith,who served as the master of ceremonies and the opening ceremony was conducted by Josh Bikle and Justin Weese, members of Troop 20.

Boy Scouts Matthew DeTora, Andrew Hoffman, Doug Powell, Zach Puglisi and Tim Winebrenner presented the Scout Law Candle Ceremony. Scout Leader Andy Hoffman explained the significance of the Eagle Badge and Rod Winebrenner read the Eagle Charge.

Scoutmaster Sandy Bunker presented the Eagle badge and administered the Eagle Oath. Jeffrey then presented his mother with a miniature Eagle pin and his father with an Eagle tie tack.

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State Sen. Don Munson presented a State Resolution and a House Resolution. Jeffrey was the first recipient of the Maryland paperweight presented by the senator. Jerry Cump from Hagerstown Elks Lodge 378 presented the Americanism Award. The Elks Lodge provides the Eagle kit for every Eagle Scout in Washington County. U.S. Rep. Roscoe Bartlett presented a Congressional Recognition along with a U.S. flag which flew over the Capital building.

Doug Henneberger, on behalf of the U.S. Submarine Veterans Eagle Scout Award Program, presented a certificate and a patch. Jeffrey received many letter of congratulations.

Jeffrey began scouting as a Cub Scout in Pack 125, Middletown, Del. He earned all of the ranks including the Arrow of Light, the highest award in Cub Scouts and the Parvuli Dei Religious Emblem. He joined Troop 125, Middletown and advanced to Life Scout before moving to Maryland and transferring to Troop 20.

Jeffrey has attended summer camps at Ockanickon, Henson, Rodney and Sinoquipe Scout Reservations and has served in the following leadership positions: Assistant Patrol Leader and Senior Patrol Leader.

Jeffrey's Eagle project was to landscape the flagpole area in front of Boonsboro Middle School. Three wooden benches were constructed and placed next to the tennis courts. Local garden centers donated all the shrubs, plants and flowers and the Boonsboro Middle School PTSA fully funded the cost of the benches. The project was completed with the help of Troop 20 Scouts and leaders.

Jeffrey is a senior at Boonsboro High School. He plans to attend college in the fall and major in engineering, along with playing tenor saxophone in the marching band.

Troop Chaplain Aide Tim Winebrenner gave the invocation and benediction.

Troop 20 is sponsored by the Boonsboro Lions Club.

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