Troop 20 of Boonsboro honored Joshua Ryan Bikle for attaining Scoutings highest rank of Eagle Scout at a court of honor Oct. 31 at Clopper Michael American Legion Post 10 in Boonsboro. More than 55 years of Troop 20 history were represented by the guests in attendance.
Troop members conducted the opening ceremony led by Color Guard Eagle Scout Jacob Reinhart and Star Scout Matthew Scalese.
Former Troop 20 Scoutmaster Carl Bolland, an Eagle Scout, served as master of ceremonies and led the Pledge of Allegiance. Pastor Joseph Donovan of Trinity Evangelical Church in Boonsboro gave the opening and closing prayer, and Andy Hoffman, troop committee member and district representative, convened the court of honor.
The Wind Ceremony was performed by Star Scouts David Drawbaugh and Donnie Drawbaugh, Life Scouts Nicholas Dougherty and John-Jeremy Navarro, as Life Scout Tyler Garner lit the corresponding candles representing the 12 points of the Scout Law.
Bolland recited the Legend of Eagle Mountain.Scoutmaster John Navarro then instructed the Honor Guard to escort the Eagle candidate forward while giving a few remarks, and assisted in the presentation of the Eagle Badge.
The Voice of the Eagle was performed by Eagle Scout Matthew Bikle, Josh's cousin and former member of Troop 20, followed by the Eagle Scout Promise led by Bolland and recited by all Eagle Scouts in attendance.
Joshua is the son of Thomas and Lisha Bikle of Boonsboro.
The Eagle Badge was presented by Bolland and Navarro and pinned on Josh's uniform by his mother. The Eagle Scout Certificate was presented by Josh's father. Josh then presented his parents with their respective Eagle parent lapel pins.
A mentor pin was presented to Bolland, Josh's former Scoutmaster whose guidance and unwavering support was instrumental in the completion of his Eagle Project. Josh also presented a mentor pin to his mother for her support throughout his Scouting career.
Josh's Eagle Project was to construct the Departed Friends Memorial Garden at the Humane Society of Washington County.
Troop Scouts and Scouters, family and friends laid a 20-foot circular paver area with a partial sitting wall with caps; a stepping stone walkway from the parking lot and a second walkway to connect to an existing path; placed more than 160 pet grave markers beside both walkways, around the paver area and along the existing path; and the placement of six shrubs, one tree and one memorial statue.
The project took two days and more than 325 manhours to complete.
Josh was presented with a certificate of appreciation signed by shelter director Paul Miller at a recent dedication ceremony.
At the court of honor, Washington County Commissioners President John Barr presented a certificate of Merit signed by all five commissioners. Gerald A. Cump, Eagle Scout and Elks Lodge 378 representative, presented an American flag and the Americanism Award. The Elks Lodge provides the Eagle kit for every Eagle Scout in Washington County. State Del. Chris Shank presented Josh with a House resolution, and Boonsboro Mayor Charles "Skip" Kauffman presented a hat, patch, pin and proclamation on behalf of the town council. Col. Randy Wilkinson of the Washington County Sheriff's Department presented Josh with a hat, T-shirt and a certificate of recognition signed by Sheriff Douglas Mullendore on behalf of the Sheriff's Department.
G. Glenn Fuscsick, Eagle Scout and secretary of the International Association of Fire Fighters Local 1605, presented a certificate of merit and a scholarship and Bret Smith, troop committee chairman, presented Josh with and the Eagle Scout knife on behalf of the troop.
Josh also received a Congressional Recognition and a flag that flew over the U.S. Capitol from U.S. Rep. Roscoe Bartlett; a paperweight and Senate Resolution signed by sponsor Sen. Donald Munson, a Governor's Citation signed by Gov. Martin O'Malley, a Certificate of Commendation from Elizabeth Morgan and Washington County Public Schools, and many other certificates and letters of congratulations.
Other participants in the Court of Honor included Scouts Nicolas Shaffer, William Lovins, Zane Poffenberger and Star Scout Joey Horner.
At the conclusion of the Court of Honor, Josh distributed Blue Spruce tree seedlings representing the growth and development of a Scout and of Scouting in that it is meant to be enjoyed, cherished and protected for the current and future generations to enjoy.
Josh's Scouting career began at age 5 when he joined Boonsboro Pack 20 as a Tiger Cub in September 1999. He earned Cub Scoutings highest award, the Arrow of Light, on Feb. 20, 2004.
He crossed over into Boy Scout Troop 20 on March 18, 2004 and has held the positions of scribe (four terms), Patrol Leader (two terms), assistant senior patrol leader and senior patrol leader. He is serving as a junior assistant scoutmaster and the Troop's Webmaster and has completed several training courses including Junior Leadership and National Youth Leadership training.
Special awards include Duty to God, World Conservation and National Camping Awards and Sinoquipe Honor Scout for the past seven years. Josh was elected into the Order of the Arrow by his fellow Troop members on Feb. 5, 2008, and was called out at Camp Sinoquipe on July 11, 2008. He completed his Ordeal on Aug. 2, 2008, and Brotherhood on July 9, 2009. He attended the 2010 National Scout Jamboree in Fort A.P. Hill, Va., as part of the Washington County contingent, serving as assistant patrol leader. To date, Josh has earned 62 merit badges and has participated in more than 150 Scouting activities, which include 119 camping nights and 244 service hours.
Joshua is a senior at Boonsboro High School, where he has been a member of the orchestra for four years and has participated in All-County Orchestra for the past two years. He is also a member of Trinity Evangelical Lutheran Church, where he serves as Crucifer, and the Sons of the American Legion Squadron 10, both in Boonsboro and the Saturday morning Youth Bowling League at Turner's Dual Lanes in Hagerstown.
Troop 20 is sponsored by the Boonsboro Lions Club.