Josiah Bard Adlon receives highest rank of Eagle Scout

August 28, 2008

Troop 117, Clear Spring, honored Josiah Bard Adlon with the highest award in Scouting - the Eagle Scout award on Aug. 23 at Hilltop Christian Fellowship.

The members of Troop 117 conducted the opening ceremony and Assistant Scoutmaster Tim Henesy served as the master of ceremonies. Scoutmaster Keith Sheffler read the Trail to Eagle. Eagle Scout Marlin Lippert administered the Eagle Charge. Lippert is also Josiah's great uncle. Former Scoutmaster Dave Hixson of Troop 108 in Leitersburg gave the Eagle History

Scoutmaster Sheffler presented the Eagle badge and Josiah in turn presented his mother with a miniature Eagle pin and his father with an Eagle lapel pin.

Josiah is the son of Roger and Virginia Adlon.

Jerry Cump from Hagers-town 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. Josiah also received a State Resolution, House Resolution and a Governor's Citation.

Troop 117 presented Josiah with an Eagle Bolo tie and a membership to the National Eagle Scout Association.

Josiah started in Scouting as a Tiger Cub in Pack 14, Smithsburg. He earned all of the ranks, including the Arrow of Light, the highest Cub Scout award.

He crossed the bridge into Boy Scouts with Troop 108, and transferred to Troop 14 in Smithsburg.

After moving to Clear Spring, Josiah transferred to Troop 117. He has earned 23 merit badges. Josiah has attended summer camp at Sinoquipe Scout Reservation and has worked on camp staff for two years. He is also a Brotherhood member of the Order of the Arrow with Guneukitschik Lodge 317.

Josiah's Eagle project was to construct a new sign for the town of Clear Spring. This will announce the town to tourists coming through Clear Spring from Whitetail Ski Resort

Josiah graduated this year from Clear Spring High School. In the fall, Josiah will attend Gettysburg College.

Pastor Dennis Whitmore of Hilltop Christian Fellowship gave the invocation and the benediction

Troop 117 is sponsored by Clear Spring Scouting Association.

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