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Boy Scouts from Chewsville troop earn Eagle rank

September 14, 2008

Troop 62, Chewsville, honored Michael Anthony Baer and David William Robinette with the highest award in Scouting - the Eagle Scout on Aug. 16 at Chewsville Community Center.

The opening ceremony was conducted by the members of Troop 62 and Scoutmaster Ed Marfut served as the master of ceremonies. Assistant Scoutmaster Rodney Purdham read the "Voice of the Eagle." The Eagle Charge was administered by Chris Horsch.

Scoutmaster Marfut presented the Eagle badge, with the assistance of former Scoutmasters David Biser and Horsch and the Eagle Scouts in turn presented their mothers with a miniature Eagle pin and their fathers with an Eagle lapel pin.

Michael and David, both presented Marfut with the mentor pins.

State Sen. Donald Munson sent a State Resolution. Del. Andrew Serafini presented David with a House Resolution and Del. Chris Shank presented Michael with a House Resolution.

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Mike Barnhart from the 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 62 presented the Eagle Certificate plaque to each of the new Eagle Scouts.

Michael Anthony Baer

Michael started scouting in second grade with Pack 108 in Leitersburg.

He earned the highest award - the Arrow of Light. In 2001, he crossed over to Boy Scouts joining Troop 62.

Michael has earned 24 merit badges and has participated in many troop activities, including summer camp at Sinoquipe Scout Reservation, skiing at Canaan Valley and sleeping on board an Iowa class battleship in Philadelphia and participating in Sea Base, a one week sailing trip in the Florida Keys.

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

Michael's Eagle project was to organize other scouts to assist in the painting of two rooms at the Catholic Charities building in Hagers-town.

The project consisted of cleaning the rooms, stripping off paint, sanding and repainting all of the woodwork in the rooms.

This project was completed with the assistance of family, friends and Boy Scout troop members.

He is a 2008 graduate of Smithsburg High School and was a member of the National Honor Society, a member of the Future Business Leaders of America, Latin club and Environmental Club. Michael was concertmaster of the high school orchestra and played in the All-County Orchestra. He also volunteered as an altar server at Saint Mary's Catholic Church since fifth grade.

He plans to attend Rochester Institute of Technology to major in mechanical engineering. Michael is the son of Stephen and Sue Baer.

David William Robinette

David started scouting as a Tiger Cub in Pack 108, Leitersburg.

He earned all the Cub Scout ranks. including the highest award - the Arrow of Light.

As a Cub Scout, he also earned the "God and Me" religious emblem.

In March 2001, David crossed over to Boy Scouts joining Troop 62 and has earned 33 merit badges.

He has participated in may Troop activities, including summer camp at Sinoquipe Scout Reservation, biking the entire 184.5 miles of the C&O Canal towpath, camping at Assateague Island, caving in West Virginia and sleeping on the Battleship New Jersey.

He has held the following leadership positions: scribe, assistant patrol leader, patrol leader and served as a den chief at Blue Ridge Summit Cub Scout Day Camp for five years.

David's Eagle project was to organize and refurbish an office at the Catholic Charities building in Hagerstown.

This project involved cleaning, stripping off old paint, sanding the woodwork and then repainting the room.

This project was completed with the assistance of family, friends and Boy Scout troop members.

He is a graduate of Smithsburg High School. David was a member of the cross country team, an avid snowboarder, played HAYSL soccer for years and is a member of the International Shotokan Karate Federation, having earned the rank of 1st Kyu (3rd degree brown belt).

He plans to attend Frostburg University in the fall, majoring in sports medicine.

David is the son of Joseph and Nancy Robinette.

Father Limmer of St. Mary's Catholic Church gave the invocation and the benediction was given by Pastor Nancy Green of the United Methodist Church.

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

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