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Three achieve Eagle Scout rank in Troop 8

December 22, 2009

Troop 8 in Hagerstown recently honored Andrew Thomas Joliet, Timothy Michael Joliet and William Ryan McGarity with the highest award in Scouting -- the Eagle rank -- at St. Mary's Catholic Church.

The opening ceremony was conducted by the members of Troop 8. Justin Winslow, Jeremy Eckert, Adam Hilmoe, Aric Hilmoe, Sam McQuaid and Daniel Joliet performed the Four Seas Ceremony.

Lt. Col. Michael Lee, uncle of William McGarity, gave the Eagle charge. Eagle Scout James McGarity, brother of William, presented the Eagle badge and the Eagle Scouts in turn presented their mothers with a miniature Eagle pin and their fathers with an Eagle lapel pin.

State Sen. Don Munson presented a state resolution and a house resolution on behalf of Del. Andrew Serafini. Don Donate presented the Americanism Award, along with a U.S. flag from Hagerstown Elks Lodge 378. The Elks Lodge provides the Eagle kit for every Eagle Scout in Washington County.

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John Barr presented a certificate of achievement from the County Commissioners and Councilman William Breichner presented a letter of congratulations from the City of Hagerstown. The Mason-Dixon Council offered congratulations from the council's board of directors. The Eagle Scouts received many letters of congratulations.

Andrew Thomas Joliet



Andrew Thomas Joliet began Scouting in 1995 as a Cub Scout in Pack 8 sponsored by St. Mary's Catholic Church.

He advanced through the Cub Scout ranks earning all the ranks, including the Arrow of Light - the highest award in Cub Scouts.

He received the Parvuli Dei Religious Emblem in February 2000.

He crossed the bridge into Boy Scouts joining Troop 05, Hagerstown. He later transferred to Troop 8.

Andrew became a member of the Order of the Arrow in 2001 and in 2004 became a Brotherhood member.

He has attended summer camp at Sinoquipe Scout Reservation for seven consecutive summers and has participated in high adventure hiking at the Philmont Scout Ranch in Cimarron, N.M.

Andrew has earned 38 merit badges.

His Eagle project was to plan and assist in the construction of two concrete retaining walls in order to protect the lamp post at St. Maria Goretti High School. After the walls were completed, shrubbery was planted.

Andrew's grandfather, the late John Stouffer, assisted with the project and Andrew's grandmother, Barbara Stouffer, accepted the mentor pin from her grandson.

Andrew graduated from St. Maria Goretti and Hagerstown Community College and is attending the University of Rochester, where he is a financial economics/history major.

Andrew is the son of Christopher and Beth Joliet.

Thomas Michael Joliet



Thomas Michael Joliet began Scouting in 1997 as a Cub Scout in Pack 8 sponsored by St. Mary's Catholic Church.

He advanced through the Cub Scout ranks earning all the ranks, including the Arrow of Light - the highest award in Cub Scouts.

He crossed the bridge into Boy Scouts joining Troop 05, Hagerstown. He later transferred to Troop 8 and is a member of Venture Crew 762.

Timothy became a member of the Order of the Arrow in 2006 and in 2007 became a Brotherhood member.

He has attended summer camp at Sinoquipe Scout Reservation for seven consecutive years and has participated in high adventure hiking at the Philmont Scout Ranch. Timothy has earned 30 merit badges.

His Eagle project was to plan and assist in the construction of fire rings at the campsites and benches around the lake at Indian Springs Wildlife Management Area in Clear Spring.

Timothy graduated from St. Maria Goretti last spring and is attending Hagerstown Community College, where he is majoring in psychology.

Timothy is the son of Christopher and Beth Joliet.

William Ryan McGarity



William Ryan McGarity began scouting in 1997 as a Tiger Cub with Pack 8. He earned all the Cub Scout ranks, including the Arrow of Light, the highest award in Cub Scouts.

He crossed the bridge into Boy Scouts joining Troop 4, Hagerstown and later transferred to Troop 8.

He has earned 32 merit badges and the COPE award two years in a row.

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

He has attended Sinoquipe Scout Reservation for seven consecutive years and has participated in high adventure hiking at the Philmont Scout Ranch. He is a member of the Order of the Arrow.

William's Eagle project was to plan, organize and supervise the landscaping of the "Welcome Sign" at St. Maria Goretti High School. Troop members, family and friends installed pavers, mulch and shrubs.

He graduated from St. Maria Goretti last spring and is attending Mount St. Mary's University.

William is in training for a leadership role in the CRUX (outdoor adventure) program while at the university.

He has been a lifeguard for three summers and is a certified scuba diver.

He is active in his church, St. Mary's as an altar server.

He gave his mentor pin to his brother, James.

William is the son of Jim and Teri McGarity. The invocation and benediction were given by the Rev. George Limmer of St. Mary's Catholic Church.

Troop 8 is sponsored by St. Ann's Catholic Church in Hagerstown.

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