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Clear Spring Boy Scout receives Eagle rank at ceremony

May 09, 2008

Troop 117, Clear Spring, honored Kyle Justin Downs with the highest award in Scouting - the Eagle Scout - on April 12 at St. Johns United Church of Christ.

The opening ceremony was conducted by the members of Troop 117 and Scoutmaster Keith Sheffler served as master of ceremonies. He also read the Trail to Eagle.

Eagle Scout Alan Downs, Kyle's brother, administered the Eagle Charge.

Scoutmaster Keith Sheffler presented the Eagle badge and Kyle in turn presented his mother with a miniature Eagle pin and his father with an Eagle lapel pin. Kyle is the son of Andy and Cindy Downs.

Del. LeRoy Myers presented a House resolution. Jerry Cump 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.

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U. S. Rep. Roscoe Bartlett presented a Congressional Recognition along with a U.S. flag, which flew over the Capitol building.

Kyle also received a State Resolution from Senator Don Munson and a Governor's Citation. Troop 117 presented Kyle with an Eagle Bolo tie and membership to the National Eagle Scout Association.

Kyle started in scouting in 2003. He has served in the following leadership positions: quartermaster, assistant senior patrol leader and assistant patrol leader. He has earned 34 merit badges. Kyle has attended summer camp at Sinoquipe Scout Reservation for four years and Eagle week at Sinoquipe for three years.

Kyle's Eagle project was to build a brick labyrinth between the L.P. Snyder Memorial Library and the Clear Spring High School Memorial Garden. This is a place to meditate while walking the path. Kyle provided a cement bench in the center of the 22-foot diameter labyrinth. This project took approximately 156 hours to complete.

Kyle attends Clear Spring High School and is a member of the cross country, indoor and outdoor track teams. He plans to attend a four-year college after graduation.

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