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Eric Witmer earns Eagle Scout award

March 28, 2012

Eric Allen Witmer was recognized March 11 at a Court of Honor at Grace Bible Church, where he was honored with the rank of Eagle Scout.

He is the son of Mark and Linda (Lister) Witmer of Greencastle, Pa., grandson of Leonard and Kathleen Witmer Sr. of Greencastle, Gary and Dorothy James of Martinsburg, W.Va., and the late Dr. Irvin C. Lister of Lafayette, La.

To become an Eagle Scout, a Scout must remain active in the troop, earn a total of 21 merit badges, hold a leadership position, plan, develop, raise the necessary funds and give leadership through a service project helpful to an organization within their community. 

For his Eagle Scout project, Eric obtained donations and built four tournament horseshoe pits at Antrim Township Community Park in Greencastle, Pa.

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Eric has earned 34 merit badges and is the 2011-12 senior patrol leader for Troop 99 in Greencastle.

In 2010-11, he held the position of assistant senior patrol leader, and has also been troop scribe and troop librarian, as well as held various patrol positions.

He was also a den chief for Cub Scout Pack 13.

He attended the 100th anniversary of Scouting’s National Jamboree in 2010 with the Mason-Dixon Jamboree Troop. 

He was selected as one of the four youth leaders to lead the council troop and held the position of scribe.

In 2011, Eric went to the Boy Scout High Adventure Camp Florida Seabase, near Key West, Fla., and was crew leader of his crew.

He is a junior at Greencastle-Antrim High School. 

He was an assistant instructor and holds the rank of second-degree black belt at Thompson’s Karate Studio. 

He works as an auditorium technician for Greencastle-Antrim School District.

He is also an active member of the Order of the Arrow, the Honor Society of Boy Scouting of the Mason-Dixon Boy Scout Council Lodge Guneukitschik 317.

Eric plans to attend Penn State Mont Alto, and then University Park and study engineering.

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