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Hockenbury earns rank of Eagle Scout

May 17, 2010
  • Robert Lewis Hockenbury Jr.
Submitted photo,

Troop 117 in Clear Spring honored Robert Lewis Hockenbury Jr. with the highest award in Scouting - the Eagle Scout - on March 27 at Hilltop Christian Fellowship.

The members of Troop 117 conducted the opening ceremony. Scoutmaster Keith Sheffler read the Trail to Eagle. Eagle Scout Kyle Downs administered the Eagle Charge. Eagle Scout Kyle Graybill read "100 Scouts."

Sheffler presented the Eagle badge and Robert in turn presented his mother with a miniature Eagle pin.

Robert is the son of Cindy Hockenbury

State Sen. Donald F. Munson sent a state resolution. A House resolution was sent by Del. LeRoy Myers. Jerry Cump from 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.

U.S. Rep. Roscoe Bartlett presented a congressional recognition, along with a U.S. flag, which flew over the Capitol building. Sandy Bunker presented a certificate of accomplishment from the FBI. Troop 117 presented Robert with an Eagle key chain and a membership to the National Eagle Scout Association.

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Robert started in Scouting as a Tiger Cub in Pack 1634 in St. Mary's City, Md. In 1998, he moved to Aurora, Col., and joined Pack 101. He moved to Clear Spring in 1999 and joined Pack 102. He earned all of the ranks, including the Arrow of Light, the highest Cub Scout award. He crossed the bridge into Boy Scouts with Troop 117 in 2002. He has earned 30 merit badges.

Robert has served in the following leadership positions: patrol leader, assistant senior patrol leader and senior patrol leader. He has attended summer camp at Sinoquipe Scout Reservation, and has participated in many troop activities and service projects. He is also a member of the Order of the Arrow with Guneukitschik Lodge 317, served as vice chief of unit elections in 2008 and vice chief of programs in 2009.

Robert served on the camp staff at Sinoquipe Scout Reservation in 2008 and 2009.

Robert's Eagle project was to paint and remap the 29 fire hydrants of the town of Clear Spring. The project took 400 hours to complete and will assist the fire company in time of need.

Robert graduated in 2009 from Clear Spring High School. He is a full-time student at Cornell University, majoring in agricultural education and natural resources.

Pastor Brad Graybill gave the invocation and the benediction

Troop 117 is sponsored by the Clear Spring Scouting Association.

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