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Grimm earns Eagle Scout award

November 16, 2009

CLEAR SPRING - Troop 117 in Clear Spring honored Brandon Keith Grimm with the highest award in Scouting - the Eagle Scout award - on Sept. 20 at the Wacohu Grange.

The members of Troop 117 conducted the opening ceremony and Assistant Scoutmaster Tim Henesy served as the master of ceremonies. Scoutmaster Keith Sheffler read the Trail to Eagle.

Gary Hill, Potomac Dance Team adviser, read the "Voice of the Eagle" with the assistance of Scout Richard Faith. Eagle Scout Kyle Graybill administered the Eagle Charge.

Sheffler presented the Eagle badge, and Brandon in turn presented his mother with a miniature Eagle pin and his father with an Eagle lapel pin.

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Brandon is the son of Keith and Juanita Grimm.

State Sen. Donald F. Munson presented a state resolution, along with a Maryland flag pin and paperweight. He also presented a House Resolution for Del. LeRoy Myers.

Julianna Albowicz, representing U.S. Sen. Barbara Milulski, read a letter from the senator.

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 117 presented Brandon with an Eagle key chain and a membership to the National Eagle Scout Association.

Brandon started in Scouting as a Tiger Cub in Pack 102 in Hagerstown. He earned all of the ranks, including the Arrow of Light, the highest Cub Scout Award.

He crossed the bridge into Boy Scouts with Troop 117 in 2002.

He has earned 40 merit badges.

Brandon has served in the following leadership positions: quartermaster, patrol leader, assistant senior patrol leader and senior patrol leader.

He has attended summer camp at Sinoquipe Scout Reservation, and participated in many troop activities and service projects. He is also a member of the Order of the Arrow with Guneukitschik Lodge 317.

Brandon's Eagle project was construction of an informational sign at the Izaak Walton Lodge near Clear Spring. The project took 78 hours to complete and will guide all who visit the area.

Brandon graduated last spring from Clear Spring High School. He is a full-time student at Mount Aloysius College, majoring in criminal justice.

Pastor Brad Graybill gave the invocation and the benediction.

Troop 117 is sponsored by Clear Spring Scouting Association.

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