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Robert Mothershed earns Eagle Scout rank

May 05, 2008

Troop 64, Maugansville, honored Robert Mothershed with the highest award in Scouting - the Eagle Scout - on March 29 at Cedar Grove Mennonite Church.

The opening ceremony was conducted by the Troop 64 members and Committee Member Dennis Weaver served as master of ceremonies.

Robert and Hope Mothershed, Robert's parents, performed the Lighting of the Scouting Candles ceremony. Committee member William Hetzer read "The Legend of Eagle Mountain," recognition of Eagle Scouts was conducted by Assistant Scoutmaster Eugene Szumetz. Eagle Scout Brandon Cerrone gave Robert's Scouting history and Assistant Scoutmaster Jeff Cordell administered the Eagle Pledge, Challenge and Charge.

Scoutmaster Scott Smoot presented the Eagle badge and Robert in turn presented his mother with a miniature Eagle pin and his father with an Eagle lapel pin. Robert also presented Jason Bayer with a mentor pin.

State Sen. Donald Munson presented a state resolution and House resolution. A Governor's Citation was received. Julianne Albowicz presented a letter of congratulations from U.S. Sen. Barbara Mikulski. County Commissioner John Barr presented a certificate of accomplishment.

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Jay Stouffer presented a certificate of congratulations from the International Ruritan Clubs. Dan Spaid from Hagerstown Elks Lodge 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 64 presented a membership to the National Eagle Scout Association, Eagle Bolo tie and Maryland state flag.

Robert started in Scouting as a Tiger Cub with Pack 64. He earned all of the ranks, including the highest award in Cub Scouts, the Arrow of Light, and in 2000, he crossed the bridge into Boy Scouts, joining Troop 64. He has served in the following leadership positions: assistant patrol leader, patrol leader, scribe, quartermaster, assistant senior patrol leader and den chief for Pack 64. He has earned 33 merit badges. Robert has attended summer camp at Sinoquipe Scout Reservation, Portaferry Scout Camp in New York, troop outings including the Naval Academy, and backpacked at Philmont Scout Ranch in New Mexico in 2003 and 2007. He is also a member of the Order of the Arrow Guneukitschik Lodge 317.

Robert's Eagle project was to plan, organize and supervise the repair of a stone retaining wall and oval limestone meditation garden at Brook Lane mental health facilities.

After the walls were repaired, he planted nine kinds of perennials and annuals.

Robert is an active member of Cedar Grove Mennonite church in Greencastle, Pa., has attended multiple youth conventions with the youth group and traveled on several mission trips in the United States.

He was in the Honor Club, member of the North Hagers-town High School Hub Marching Band for four years, was low brass section leader and earned the Directors Award in his senior year. This award goes to the individual who shows the most musical growth, achievement, commitment, dedication and leadership to the Hub Band.

He was a member of the jazz band, All-County Jazz, All-County Concert Band and Frostburg State Honor Band.

He played baseball for Maugansville Little League and participated in Hagerstown Area Youth Soccer League.

Robert graduated from North High and is now attending Hagerstown Community College. He plans to major in statistics.

The invocation was given by Pastor Clarence Strite and the benediction was given by Rob Cahill.

Troop 64 is sponsored by Maugansville Ruritan Club.

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