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Six Eagle Scouts honor Purdham as mentor

December 12, 2009

Usually a volunteer has no idea what type of impact they have on the boys they lead in the Boy Scouts of America program, but Rodney Purdham of Troop 62 knows. In the fall of 1997, Rodney with the assistance of his wife June and Nora Slick took over the leadership of a Den of Tiger Cubs in Pack 108, sponsored by the Knights of Columbus and who meet at the Old Forge Elementary School.

The Cub Scouts participated in many activities including Pinewood Derbies, service projects, hikes and monthly Pack Meetings. The boys advanced through all the ranks and achieved the highest award in Cub Scouting - the Arrow of Light.

In the spring of 2002, five of the Webelo Scouts crossed over into Boy Scouts, joining Troop 62 in Chewsville. The boys were part of the Stag Patrol and progressed through the ranks and all achieved the highest award in scouting - the Eagle Scout Rank.

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At the time of the Eagle Ceremony, the Eagle Scouts give their parents Eagle pins. They then have the opportunity to give a mentor pin to the person who has had the most influenced their lives and helped them to receive the Eagle Rank. All five Eagle Scouts: Jeb Slick, Tyler Barnhart, James McClanathan, Steven Purdham and Brendan Kloos gave their mentor pins to Assistant Scoutmaster Rodney Purdham.

Now it is enough to know you have five young men who honor you with mentor pins, but that was not all. Jared Savage was a member of the Stag Patrol, but moved to Florida. He had most of the requirements for the Eagle Rank completed in the Mason-Dixon Council and then completed the remainder in Florida. He sent Rodney a picture of himself and his mentor pin. So Rodney now has six mentor pins from Eagle Scouts who honored him.

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

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