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Scouts to mark 50 years

March 25, 2009|By MARLO BARNHART

MAUGANSVILLE - Ken Baker remembers that as a 13-year-old he was always the first to show up for the meetings of Boy Scout Troop 64 at Harvey Miller's home.

"I would get there early so I could start a fire," Baker said of those meetings in 1958.

Baker, one of the original members of Troop 64, said the group is having a 50th anniversary celebration and dinner Sunday, June 7, at 4 p.m. at the Maugansville Community Center.

According to an official roster from 1958, the Maugansville Ruritan Club-sponsored troop started that first year with 13 members - three veterans and 10 new boys.

Dwight D. Dofflemyer, Dwayne Ebersole, Eugene Ebersole, Charles Eyerly, C. Edward Hose, Timothy M. Martin, James E. Pleasant, Charles J. Ruck, Ragan Lee Smith, Robert Sprankle, Richard Strock and Jerry A. Telemeco joined Baker in the troop.

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"We continued to meet in the Miller home for five or six years," Baker said.

When the Maugansville Community Center was completed, the troop moved there. It continues to meet there today.

Baker, a Life Scout, served as junior assistant Scoutmaster and Scoutmaster.

"The Scouting oath and law were very important in developing principles to live by. I have been guided by those principles in my life," he said.

A school teacher for 38 years, Baker closed out his professional career with a five-year stint in the library at Maryland Correctional Institution.

One regret Baker has is that he never sought the Eagle rank, though he helped other Scouts achieve that goal.

"We had 3 percent earn the rank in our troop," Baker said. "The national average was just 1 percent."

Eugene Creek said nearly all 48 men who earned their Eagle rank with Troop 64 have been found.

"We've found about 43 of them," said Creek, who is chairing the committee for the effort.

Plans are to create a yearbook that features as many Eagles and Scoutmasters as possible. Creek said the troop also hopes to make a time capsule with photos and other items to be opened on the 100th anniversary.

"We are looking for donations for the time capsule," Creek said.

Historic photos of troop activities and members will be gathered for a slide show. Creek said digital photos can be e-mailed while prints can be scanned and returned.

For more information on these projects, call Creek at 301-739-7136 or committee member Dennis Weaver at 301-964-1321.

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