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Two Chewsville Boy Scouts earn Eagle Scout rank

April 28, 2008

Troop 62, Chewsville, honored Bret C. Marfut and Andrew A McMurtrie with the highest award in Scouting - the Eagle Scout on March 16 at Chewsville Community Center.

The opening ceremony was conducted by the members of Troop 62 and Assistant Scoutmaster Rodney Purdham served as master of ceremonies.

Eagle Scout Mike Marfut, Bret's brother, read the "Voice of the Eagle." The Eagle Charge was administered by Committee Chairman Carey Leverett.

Assistant Scoutmaster Rodney Purdham presented the Eagle badge and the Eagle Scouts in turn presented their mothers with a miniature Eagle pin and their fathers with Eagle lapel pins. Bret presented his brother with a mentor pin and Andrew presented Jesse Tolbert with a mentor pin.

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State Sen. Donald Munson sent a state Senate resolution and a House resolution. Mike Barnhart from Hagerstown Elks Lodge No. 378 presented the Americanism Award, along with a U.S. flag. 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 Capitol building. Troop 62 presented the Eagle Certificate plaque.

Bret C. Marfut

Bret started Scouting as a Tiger Cub in Heidelberg, Germany, in the BSA's Trans-Atlantic Council in 1995.

He joined Pack 108 in Leitersburg in 1997 when his family moved back to the United States.

Bret earned all of the Cub Scout ranks, including the highest award - the Arrow of Light. In 2001, he crossed over to Boy Scouts, joining Troop 62.

Bret has earned 35 merit badges and has participated in many troop activities, including summer camp at Sinoquipe Scout Reservation in Pennsylvania and Chesapeake High Adventure Sailing Experience camp in Virginia.

He has spent four summers assisting with BB gun instruction at the Blue Ridge Summit (Pa.) Cub Scout Day Camp. He has held the following leadership positions: scribe, assistant patrol leader and patrol leader.

Bret's Eagle project was to construct an Eastern Woodlands Indian Village at the Fairview Outdoor Center in Clear Spring. This project was completed with the assistance of family, friends and Boy Scout troop members.

He is a senior at Smithsburg High School and is a member of the National Honor Society, indoor track, outdoor track and cross country teams. He is a bass guitarist for the Smithsburg High School Jazz Band. He plans to attend a four-year college and major in communications.

Bret is the son of Ed and Laura Marfut.

Andrew A. McMurtrie

Andrew started Scouting as a Tiger Cub in Pack 20, Boonsboro. Andrew earned all of the Cub Scout ranks, including the highest award - the Arrow of Light. In 2000, he crossed over to Boy Scouts, joining Troop 62.

Andrew has earned 23 merit badges and has participated in many troop activities, including summer camp at Sinoquipe Scout Reservation.

He has held the following leadership positions: scribe, assistant patrol leader and patrol leader.

Andrew's Eagle project was to organize and make improvements to the west side parking area of the Chewsville Community Center. His project included leveling and reshaping the side lot, addition of new gravel to the parking lot surface, and installing new fence posts and fence around the parking area boundary. This project was completed with the assistance of family, friends and Boy Scout troop members.

He is a graduate of Boonsboro High School. He plans to attend a four-year college and major in business.

Andrew is the son of Alan and Nancy McMurtrie.

The Rev. Ed Heim of St. John's Lutheran Church gave the invocation and the benediction.

Troop 62 is sponsored by the Chewsville Lions Club and meets at Chewsville Community Center.

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