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Thompson earns Eagle Scout rank with Troop 14

September 12, 2009

Troop 14 in Smithsburg honored Jesse Martin Thompson with the highest award in Scouting - the Eagle Scout rank July 25 at the Presbyterian Church in Waynesboro, Pa.

The opening ceremony was conducted by the members of Troop 14. Barbara Weaver, charter organization representative, convened the Court of Honor.

The Lighting of Candles Ceremony was conducted by Andrew Meighen, Peter Sorenson, Allen Reynolds and Jeffrey Weaver.

Assistant Scoutmaster Rick Meighen read the "Voice of the Eagle."

Scoutmaster Roland Sorenson administered the Eagle Challenge.

Former Scoutmaster Jeff Weaver presented the Eagle badge and Jesse in turn presented his mother with a miniature Eagle pin and his father with an Eagle lapel pin.

Jesse presented Jeff Weaver with the Mentor Pin for his assistance as Scoutmaster through the years.

Eagle Scout Kevin Dodds administered the Eagle Charge.

Jesse is the son of Martin and Betty Thompson.

State Sen. Donald Munson presented a state resolution and House resolution. A governor's citation was received. Mike Barnhart 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. Mayor Mildred Myers sent a certificate of accomplishment from the town of Smithsburg. Lions Club members Barbara and Jeff Weaver presented a certificate of achievement from Lions Club International.

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Jesse started in Scouting as a Tiger Cub in Pack 43 in the Georgia-Carolina Council in Augusta, Ga. He moved to Maryland in third grade and joined Pack 14 in Smithsburg. He received all of the ranks, including the highest award in Cub Scouts - the Arrow of Light. Jesse crossed the bridge from Cub Scouts to Boys Scouts and joined Troop 14.

He has served in the following leadership positions: assistant patrol leader, patrol leader, assistant senior patrol leader, senior patrol leader and troop guide. He has earned 24 merit badges. Jesse has attended summer camp at Sinoquipe Scout Reservation and Camp Tuckahoe.

Jesse's Eagle project was to plan, organize and supervise the removal of a garage and reclaim the land for the Allison-Antrim Museum in Greencastle, Pa. The building was demolished and disposed of and the lawn was replanted and a tree was planted in the spot where the garage sat.

Jesse graduated from Smithsburg High School in June and is attending Waynesburg (Pa.) University, majoring in pre-med. He is a member of the Waynesboro (Pa.) Presbyterian Church.

The invocation was given by the Rev. Brian Gawf from the Presbyterian Church.

Troop 14 is sponsored by the Smithsburg Lions Club.

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