Scouting news

August 29, 2009

Wachter earns Eagle Scout rank

Troop 8 in Hagerstown recently honored William Reid Wachter with the highest award in Scouting - the Eagle Scout rank.

The opening ceremony was conducted by members of Troop 8 of Hagerstown and Troop 1203 from California, Md.

Former Scoutmaster Dan McQuaid from Troop 8 and former Scoutmaster Steve Beggs of Troop 1203 presented the Eagle badge and Reid in turn presented his mother with a miniature Eagle pin and his father with an Eagle lapel pin.

Reid is the son of Steve and Marguarite Wachter.

Reid presented several mentor pins to the following: Steve Beggs; Scott Hoschar, Cubmaster of Pack 787 from Lexington Park, Md.; Dan McQuaid and former Scoutmaster Fred Hayes of Troop 8.

Maryland Del. Andrew Serafini presented a House resolution and a Senate resolution on behalf of Sen. Donald Munson. Reid was presented with the Americanism Award, along with a U.S. flag from Hagerstown Elks Lodge 378. 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 in Washington, D.C. Reid received many letters of congratulations, including one from the Association of Professional Fire Fighters


Reid started in scouting as a Tiger Cub in 2001 with Pack 787 in Lexington Park. He earned all of the ranks; all 20 Webelo activity pins; all compass points and the highest award in Cub Scouts, the Arrow of Light.

In 2004, he crossed the bridge into Boy Scouts joining Troop 413 in Lexington Park. He transferred to Troop 1203 in California, before moving to Hagerstown and joining Troop 8.

He has served in the following leadership positions: Den Chief for Pack 787 and currently for Pack 9 in Hagerstown. He became a member of the Order of the Arrow in 2005 with Amangamek Wipit Lodge in Lexington Park. He has earned 37 merit badges.

Reid has attended summer camp at Goshen Camp and Camp Shenandoah, both in Virginia. He also served on the staff of three Cub Scout Day Camps and two Cub Scout Camporees in the Western Shore District of the National Capital Area Council.

Reid's Eagle project was to construct and install 12 wood duck nesting boxes along the Potomac River and Licking Creek in Washington County. Along with family and friends, more than 250 hours of service was rendered for the project.

Reid attends North Hagerstown High School. He hopes to pursue a career in wildlife management, law enforcement or education.

Troop 8 is sponsored by St. Ann Roman Catholic Church in Hagerstown.

Camp Sinoquipe dining hall named for Mike Callas

FORT LITTLETON, Pa. - The Mason-Dixon Council of the Boy Scouts of America recently celebrated the completion of a $1.3 million renovation to the dining hall at Camp Sinoquipe in Fort Littleton.

More than 120 volunteers and community leaders attended the "First Meal" fundraising dinner in the renovated facility.

"It's a great day for Scouting," said Council President Jerry Harness. "The renovation project was the vision of the executive board and key leadership in the community."

The original dining hall was built in 1947 and was no longer adequate to serve the needs of the growing number of campers each year, Harness said.

Keynote speaker for the event was Alan Lambert, executive director of the National Capital Area Council, which is the second largest Boy Scout council in the country.

Lambert, who is a former executive director of the Mason-Dixon Council, talked about the need to reach out and serve today's youth with quality facilities that they expect.

"The average youth spends eight hours a day in front of either a computer screen or television screen," Lambert said. "That sitting time contributes to the rising obesity problem our children face. Getting youth in the outdoors is the key to improved physical fitness and healthy lifestyle choices."

On July 11, the fulfillment of several years of planning, hard work and dedication of scout volunteers was completed when the official dedication was held to officially name the facility the Mike Callas Memorial Dining Hall.

"Mike Callas was a tremendous community leader and dedicated Scouter," said Mark Barbernitz, executive director of the Mason-Dixon Council. "We are very pleased to be able to have the facility named in his honor."

Cathy Lewis, Mike Callas's niece, recalled how her uncle helped assist many organizations, but his passion was to help the youth in the local communities. Harness spoke to the assembly on the importance of providing strong ideals and values to youths in the community.

John Itell, council vice president, reported on the funding projects and the contribution status.

The official ribbon was cut opening the dining hall. Tours were conducted and refreshments were served following the ceremony.

The Mason-Dixon Council serves nearly 4,000 youths in a variety of scouting programs with almost 1,000 registered adult volunteers in Washington, Fulton and Franklin counties.

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