Benjamin Seibert receives Eagle Scout honor

November 21, 2011
  • Benjamin Miles Seibert
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WILLIAMSPORT — Benjamin Miles Seibert of Boy Scout Troop 17 in Williamsport achieved the Eagle Scout rank, the highest rank in Scouting.

He is the son of Sally Highbarger Seibert and the late John B. Seibert.

An Eagle Court of Honor was held at Church of the Holy Trinity in Halfway.

Scoutmaster Jeff Boger presided over the ceremony, and presented Ben with the Eagle Scout badge. The Eagle Charge was given by Assistant Scoutmaster Jay Lauver, an Eagle Scout; “100 Scouts” was read by Dave Roberts; and Scouts from Troop 17 helped with the ceremony.

The invocation and benediction were given by the Rev. Thomas Perry.

Ben presented the Scout mentor pin to Dave Roberts, who has been supportive of Ben’s Scouting career.

Distinguished guests and speakers were Maryland Del. Andrew Serafini, who presented Ben with Maryland House and Senate resolutions, along with a “Life Application Study Bible”; Gerald Cump from Elks Lodge 378, who presented the American flag and Americanism Award; Sheriff Doug Mullendore, certificate of achievement; County Commissioner Ruth Anne Callaham, certificate of merit; Williamsport Mayor James McCleaf, proclamation of achievement; and Michael Seibert, chief of maintenance of Chesapeake & Ohio Canal, gifts of appreciation from the National Park Service.

Ben began his Scouting career as a Tiger with Cub Scout Pack 17 in Williamsport. He transferred as a Bobcat to Pack 36 in Halfway. He worked his way through all Cub Scout ranks, earning many achievements and awards. Ben earned the Arrow of Light, Cub Scouts’ highest award, and crossed over to Boy Scout Troop 17 in spring 2006.

As a Boy Scout, Ben served as chaplain’s aide, patrol leader, senior patrol leader and Order of the Arrow representative. He became an Order of the Arrow Ordeal member in June 2007, and a Brotherhood member in June 2009, Guneukitschik Lodge 317.

Ben attended National Youth Leadership Training at Camp Sinoquipe in 2009. He has attended Camp Sinoquipe as a camper for five consecutive years, earning him the Sinoquipe Honor Scout Award. To date, Ben has earned 32 merit badges, and one bronze palm.

Ben attended the National Boy Scout Jamboree at Fort A.P. Hill, Va., in July 2010. He attended a two-week high adventure hiking trek at the Philmont Scout Ranch in New Mexico in July, and in July 2012, he plans to go to the Florida Sea Base Scout Camp in the Bahamas.

Ben completed his Eagle Scout project July 10, 2010. He planned, organized and supervised the restoration of the historic Falling Waters Bridge abutments on the C&O Canal. The restoration included the removal of massive overgrowth of trees, brush and grasses. With the help of Scouts, the National Park Service, friends and family, the project was completed in one day.

Ben is a junior at Williamsport High School, where he is active in golf, basketball and baseball. He is also a member of the National and French honor societies.

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