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Two Troop 62 Scouts earn Eagle Scout rank

September 12, 2009

Troop 62 in Chewsville honored Jeb Slick and Tyler Barnhart with the highest award in Scouting - the Eagle Scout rank June 6 at Bethel United Methodist Church's Family Life Center.

The opening ceremony was conducted by the members of Troop 62 and former Scoutmaster Dave Biser served as master of ceremonies.

Glen Smith, grandfather of Tyler Barnhart, gave the call to order. Assistant Scoutmaster Rodney Purdham read the "Voice of the Eagle."

The Eagle Charge was administered by Carey Leverett. The Eagle Oath was administered by former Scoutmaster of Troop 212 and Eagle Scout Doug Smith, who is Tyler Barnhart's uncle.

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

Jeb and Tyler, both presented Rodney Purdham with mentor pins.

Maryland State Sen. Donald Munson sent a state resolution. Jerry Cump from 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.

Tyler Barnhart started in Cub Scouts in Pack 108 at Old Forge Elementary School. He advanced in all of the ranks and received the highest award in Cub Scouts - the Arrow of Light. He crossed the bridge into Boy Scouts and joined Troop 62. He has earned 26 merit badges and has attended summer camp at Sinoquipe Scout Reservation and participated in the high adventure scouting at Philmont Scout Ranch in New Mexico and Rivah Base in Florida.

Tyler's eagle project was to repair and repaint a garage at Bethel United Methodist Church and to repair the cemetery fence on the church property. He is a member of the Praise Band at church and works at Liberty Mountain and Fed-Ex. He is attending Hagerstown Community College and plans to transfer to a four-year college.

Tyler is the son of Jeffrey and Linda Barnhart.

Jeb Slick started in Cub Scouts in Pack 108 at Old Forge Elementary School. He advanced in all of the ranks and received the highest award in Cub Scouts - the Arrow of Light. He crossed the bridge into Boy Scouts and joined Troop 62. He has earned 29 merit badges and has attended summer camp at Sinoquipe Scout Reservation and participated in the high adventure scouting at Philmont Scout Ranch in New Mexico and Rivah Base in Florida. Jeb has served as troop scribe, patrol leader and assistant patrol leader.

Jeb's Eagle project was to help make improvements to the entrance and hallway at the Villa Maria Catholic Charities building in Hagerstown. He directed members of the troop and other volunteers as they painted the entry area and he created a self check-in station.

Jeb graduated from Smithsburg High School in 2009 and was a member of the National Honor Society. He received three shinning star awards and was recognized with a faculty scholar award. He was a member of the football, wrestling and track teams.

He is a member of St. Rita's Catholic Church and is involved with the youth group and volunteers at Renfrew Institute in Waynesboro, Pa., and the Police Athletic League in Hagerstown. Jeb received an appointment to attend the United States Coast Guard Academy in New London, Conn.

Jeb is the son of and Greg and Nora Slick.

The invocation was given by Eagle Scout James McClanathan and the benediction was given by Carey Leverett.

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

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