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Becomes Eagle Scout in Fla.

Jared Savage started in Scouting in second grade with Pack 66 in Hagerstown before moving away

Jared Savage started in Scouting in second grade with Pack 66 in Hagerstown before moving away

November 25, 2009

Jared Savage, 18, recently earned the highest award in Scouting - the Eagle Scout rank - in ceremonies in Florida.

He started scouting in the second grade as a member of Pack 66 in Hagerstown under Mona Hardinge.

As a Cub Scout, Jared earned the Arrow of Light and all Compass Arrow points. He also placed third during a pinewood derby competition.

Jared crossed over to Boy Scout Troop 62, in Chewsville, in March 2001.

Jared was part of a six-boy patrol, called the Stags, under Rodney Purdham. Jared completed all but two of his required merit badges when he learned that he was moving to Florida.

In August 2006, Jared arrived in Florida and joined Troop 880 so as to continue his scouting process.

Jared was inducted into the Order of the Arrow in April.

Jared completed his Eagle project last May.

Jared's Eagle project was completed for the Museum of Seminole County History. Jared built and replaced a 6-foot-by-10-foot sign that read OLD OSTEEN BRIDGE OPENER--TURN IT--; he rebuilt a piece of trough 1-inch by-4-inches and connected it to the water pump; he rebuilt a 47-foot section of a stream, weeding and relaying river rocks; and he cleaned out and relayed a 9-foot pond, finishing the project by mulching and adding low-growing plants.

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As a Boy Scout, Jared held positions of honor including patrol leader, assistant patrol leader, historian and troop guide.

But the biggest honor that Jared received from scouting is from his patrol group, back in Maryland, he said.

Jared graduated from Apopka High School and is enrolled at Seminole State College, majoring in general studies.

Someday he hopes to work as a sports commentator.

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