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Twins soar as Eagle Scouts

December 14, 2008|By DAN DEARTH

SHARPSBURG -- Fraternal twins Joseph and Justin Rose of Sharpsburg signed up for the Boy Scouts in 1996 when they were 6 years old.

In the time since, the 18-year-old duo has completed more than 300 tasks to earn their Eagle Scout badges -- the pinnacle of Scouting achievement. They officially received the honor during a ceremony Dec. 7 at St. Paul's Episcopal Church in Sharpsburg.

"We pretty much started at the same time and ended at the same time," Joseph said. "It was rewarding. It was a lot of hard work paying off ... Making it to the top."

To earn their Eagle Scout badges, Joseph and Justin each had to plan and finish a project that benefited the community.

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Justin chose to paint curb strips where the markings had faded at no-parking zones in Sharpsburg, while Joseph landscaped the entrance to Washington Monument State Park in Boonsboro.

The twins said they received help from each other and the members of their former Boy Scout troop.

"I was looking for something in the town to do," Justin said. "I wanted to be able to walk outside and see what I did."

Joseph said his project took a long time to get started because he had to request permission from the Maryland Department of Natural Resources and present a clear-cut plan to his Boy Scout advisers.

"I found that preparing it was actually harder than doing it," he said.

The brothers said that since they earned their Eagle Scout badges, they probably will be less active in Scouting while they attend Hagerstown Community College and work at the Weis Market in Boonsboro.

Justin said he isn't sure what he wants to study, but he is leaning toward English and the humanities.

Joseph said he is studying biotechnology.

They said they want to transfer in a few years to a four-year university when their classes are finished at HCC.

In the meantime, Joseph and Justin said they will volunteer to help their old Boy Scout troop whenever they can to pass on their knowledge.

"I'm going to try to be involved with my troop," Justin said. "But I don't know how things will turn out."

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