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Willis earns rank of Eagle Scout

May 05, 2010

Troop 58 in Downsville honored Robert Jackson Willis III with the highest award in Scouting - the Eagle Scout - March 14 at Downsville Christian Church.

The opening ceremony was conducted by the members of Troop 58. Life Scout Zach Campbell led the Pledge of Allegiance and Life Scout Brandon Starliper led the Scout Oath. Eagle Scout Austin Huff administered the Eagle Challenge and the Eagle Charge.

Scoutmaster Dave Campbell presented the Eagle badge and Robbie presented his mother with a miniature Eagle pin and his father with an Eagle lapel pin.

Robbie is the son of Jack and Michele Willis.

Robbie presented Scoutmaster Dave Campbell with a mentor pin.

State Sen. Donald F. Munson presented a state resolution. Del. Christopher Shank presented a House resolution. Jerry Cump 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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Shorty Mellot from Downsville Ruritan Club presented a bolo and watch fob. Andy Hartman of the Hagerstown Professional Fire Fighters 1615 presented a certificate of achievement and a scholarship. Sandy Bunker presented a certificate from the Federal Bureau of Investigation. County Commissioner John F. Barr presented a certificate of merit. Maj. Bob Leatherman, from the Washington County Sheriff's Department, presented a certificate of recognition. Robbie also received plaques from the Red Men Tribe, Odd Fellows and FOP. Robbie received many letters of congratulations.

Robbie started in Scouting as a Tiger Cub in 2000 with Pack 58. He earned all of the ranks and the highest award in Cub Scouts, the Arrow of Light. In April 2005, he crossed the bridge into Boy Scouts joining Troop 58. He has served in the following leadership positions: assistant senior patrol leader and senior patrol leader. He became a member of the Order of the Arrow with Guneukitschik Lodge 317. Robbie has attended summer camp at Sinoquipe Scout Reservation and other troop activities.

Robbie's Eagle project was to plan and coordinate the construction of the Warren Miller Memorial Garden, along with the building of a picnic table.

Robbie is a junior at Williamsport High School and a member of the National Honor Society.

The invocation and benediction were given by the Rev. Craig Jones of Downsville Christian Church.

Troop 58 is sponsored by Downsville Christian Church.

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