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David Heim earns Eagle Scout rank

December 12, 2011
  • David Lucas Heim
David Lucas Heim

BOONSBORO — David Lucas Heim of Boy Scout Troop 20 in Boonsboro achieved the Eagle Scout rank, the highest rank in Scouting.

He is the son of Janet and the Rev. Ed Heim of Hagerstown.

An Eagle Court of Honor was held Nov. 19 at the chapel at Mar-Lu-Ridge Camp & Retreat Center in Jefferson, Md., where David did his Eagle project.

Scoutmaster Andy Twigg presided over the ceremony. The opening prayer and closing benediction were given by David’s father.

David’s uncle Dan Thompson, a Cub Scout leader in Naperville, Ill., read the Scout Law, while his son, David J. Thompson, a Tiger Cub, helped light the 12 candles, with assistance from Camille Heim, sister of the Eagle Scout.

The Eagle Charge was given by David’s older brother, Chris Heim, who is also an Eagle Scout with Troop 20. The Significance of the Eagle and the Scout Challenge were presented by Andy Hoffman, district chairman for Washington County and committee member/treasurer of Troop 20. Scouts from Troop 20 provided the color guard and led the Pledge of Allegiance, the Scout Oath and the Trail to Eagle.

Twigg presented the Eagle Award to David. David then presented his mother with a miniature Eagle pin and his father with an Eagle tie tack.

David spoke about his journey to Eagle and presented the Scout mentor pin to Wendy Dahlgreen, who was David’s Cub Scout leader and involved with Troop 20, always encouraging David in his Scouting career.

Distinguished guests and speakers were Del. Neil Parrott, who presented David with Maryland House and Senate resolutions; Gerald Cump from Elks Lodge 378, who presented the American flag and Americanism Award; and Richard Gilbert from Hagerstown Professional Firefighters Union Local 1605, who provided a certificate and $100 check.

Sarah Lefler, director of Mar-Lu-Ridge, shared details of David’s Eagle project and gave him a book on the history of the first 50 years of the camp, telling David he was now part of the history for the second 50 years.

Other special guests included grandparents Dave and Norma Thompson and cousin Stephen Thompson, all from Naperville, great-aunt Norma Smalley from Ankeny, Iowa, and aunt Pat Flury from Toms River, N.J.

A reception was held in the Potomac Lodge following the ceremony.

David began his Scouting career as a Bobcat with Pack 20 as a fourth-grader.

He earned the God and Family religious award and the Arrow of Light, the highest award in Cub Scouts, and crossed over to Boy Scout Troop 20 in Boonsboro in spring 2005. David has earned 21 merit badges.

As a Boy Scout, David served as assistant senior patrol leader, patrol leader twice and assistant patrol leader three times, and did some quartermaster duties. He has attended Camp Sinoquipe as a camper twice, earning the Sinoquipe Honor Scout and Sinoquipe Honor Camp awards both times. He also went to summer camp at Blue Ridge Scout Reservation in Virginia and traveled with Troop 20 to Florida Sea Base in the Florida Keys, a high-adventure program of the Boy Scouts of America, in July 2010.

David completed his Eagle project on Aug. 7 at Mar-Lu-Ridge, a camp David attended for many years through his church.He planned, organized and supervised the painting of interior walls and trim of Lodge 3, an area separate from the main camp, which is used for day campers and groups.

The fire circle was cleaned up and enlarged, and four wooden benches were built for seating around the circle. Several window screens were repaired. A large wooden cross bearing a wood-burned design of Mar-Lu-Ridge was made to hang over the fireplace.

David is a senior at Boonsboro High School, where he is in the marching band, and on the indoor track and tennis teams.

He is also a member of the National Honor Society, and “We the People” and Physics Olympics teams. An accomplished pianist, David is also an active member of his church, St. John’s Lutheran in Hagerstown.

He plans to go to Gettysburg (Pa.) College next fall.

Troop 20 is sponsored by the Boonsboro Lions Club.

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