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Eli Roberts of Hagerstown earns rank of Eagle Scout

April 09, 2008

On Jan. 26, Eli Samuel Roberts of Boy Scout Troop 2, Hagerstown, was awarded the rank of Eagle Scout at a ceremony at Otterbein Methodist Church in Hagerstown.

Eli is the son of David and Kathy Roberts of Hagerstown.

The Court of Honor was called to order by Scoutmaster Robert Mumma. The opening ceremony was conducted by Troop 2. John Ewan served as master of ceremonies, and also conducted the Scout Law Ceremony and the Trail to Eagle. The Eagle Charge was given by Robert Mumma, who presented the Eagle Badge. Eli then presented his mother with a miniature Eagle pin and his father with an Eagle tie tack.

Eli received many letters of congratulations, including resolutions from the Maryland House, the U.S. House of Representatives, the U.S. Senate, and the Governor's Citation. The Americanism Award was presented by Hagerstown Elks Lodge 378. The Elks Lodge purchases the Eagle kits for every Eagle Scout in Washington County.

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The Eagle Scout rank is the highest rank a Scout can achieve. According to statistics, only two out of every 100 boys will become a Scout, and only one of them will become an Eagle Scout. To become an Eagle Scout, a boy must advance through the ranks, hold positions of leadership in the troop, provide service to others and complete an Eagle project. This amounts to a minimum of 325 requirements, all before a boy's 18th birthday.

While a member of Cub Scout Pack 66, Eli earned the Arrow of Light Award in 2002 and advanced to Boy Scout Troop 2. In Troop 2, Eli has held positions as assistant patrol leader, patrol leader, and senior patrol leader. In 2003, Eli was awarded the God and Country Award, and in 2004, he was inducted into the Order of the Arrow, Guneukitschik Lodge 317. He became a brotherhood member in 2005.

Eli has attended summer camp at Sinoquipe Scout Reservation, and has canoed on the Potomac River, hiked the Appalachian Trail and the Antietam National Battlefield Trail, and biked many miles on the C&O Canal. In 2005, Eli participated in the National Scout Jamboree at Fort A.P. Hill in Virginia. Eli has earned a total of 40 merit badges to date.

Eli's Eagle project involved renovating items in the choir room at Otterbein United Methodist Church. Eli constructed a new cabinet for hymnals, hymnal supplements and choir folders; repaired sagging shelves, constructed a new storage unit in an area formerly used for choir robe storage and rewheeled handbell carts. He was assisted by members of Troop 2, family and friends.

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