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Two from Chewsville Troop 62 achieve Eagle Scout rank

November 28, 2009

Troop 62, Chewsville, honored Brendan David Kloos and Steven Michael Purdham with the highest award in Scouting - the Eagle Scout - on Aug. 5 at Bethel United Methodist Church's Family Life Center.

The opening ceremony was conducted by the members of Troop 62 and former Scoutmaster Ed Marfut served as the master of ceremonies. Eagle Scout James McClanathan presented the significance of the Eagle Scout. Assistant Scoutmaster Rodney Purdham read the "Voice of the Eagle." The Eagle Charge was administered by Carey Leverett. The Eagle Promise was administered by Frederick R. Kloos, uncle of Brendan Kloos.

Marfut presented the Eagle badge. The Eagle Scouts in turn presented their mothers with miniature Eagle pins and their fathers with Eagle lapel pins. Brendan and Steven presented Rodney Purdham with mentor pins.

State Sen. Donald Munson presented a state resolution, House resolution and the Governor's Citation. Jerry Cump from the 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.

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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.

Brendan started in Cub Scouts 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 30 merit badges and has attended summer camp at Sinoquipe Scout Reservation, participated in many troop activities, including a trip to the USS New Jersey, laying Christmas wreaths at Arlington National Cemetery and camping at Assateague Island. This year, Brendan and members of Troop 62 participated in a high-adventure experience at the Northern Tier in Ontario. He has participated in several service projects, including food drives and assisting other Scouts in Eagle projects.

He is a brotherhood member of the Order of the Arrow and has completed the COPE Course and BSA Lifeguard Course at Sinoquipe Scout Reservation. Brendan did two projects in Cunningham Falls State Park to earn his Eagle rank. The first project was to research, build and install wood duck boxes in the park. The boxes were meant to promote a duck habitat on the streams instead of the lake. For his second project, decaying railroad ties were dug up and removed from existing trails, and new timbers and gravel were installed to form a new pathway into the woods.

Brendan graduated from Smithsburg High School and Washington County Technical High School. He is a member of the National Honor Society, golf team, Green Club, student government and orchestra, and has participated in All County Orchestra. He had internships during his senior year with Triad Engineering, Callas Contractors and Kendrick & Associates Surveyors.

In the summer of 2008, Brendan was accepted to the Society of American Military Engineers Navy Seabee Camp in Port Hueneme, Calif. In the summer of 2009, he participated in Skills USA Championships in Kansas City with other Tech High students. Their project won the Maryland State Engineering award and the team went on to compete nationally. Brendan received the Outstanding Math Award and Outstanding Digital Electronics Award his senior year. He is the son of David and Evelyn Kloos.

Steven Purdham started in Cub Scouts Pack 108 at Old Forge Elementary School. He advances 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 39 merit badges and has attended summer camp at Sinoquipe Scout Reservation for seven years, and participated in high-adventure scouting at Northern Tier Base in Ely, Minn. Steven has served as patrol scribe, assistant patrol leader, chaplain's aide and assistant senior patrol leader.

His Eagle project was to help repair, prime and paint 26 picnic tables owned by the Smithsburg Community Volunteer Fire Co. The tables were falling apart and the hardware needed to be replaced. Broken supports and boards were repaired.

Steven graduated from Smithsburg High School in 2009 and was a member of the marching band for four years, jazz ensemble, Latin Club, Wind Ensemble, and ran on the cross country and varsity outdoor track teams. Steven plans to attend Hagerstown Community College and then transfer to the Pennsylvania College of Art and Design to earn a bachelor's degree in fine arts in photography.

Steven is the son of and Rodney and June Purdham.

The invocation and benediction were given by Carey Leverett.

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

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