Cascade youth earns Eagle Scout honors

June 16, 2012
  • Dylan Eyler
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Dylan Eyler, the son of David and Shanda (Harty) Eyler of Cascade, was awarded his Eagle Scout Medal and Badge during an Eagle Scout Court of Honor held at St. John’s United Church of Christ in Sabillasville, Md.

Eagle Scout John Hasty, the master of ceremonies, welcomed a large audience. Troop 18 Scoutmaster Jim Pfeffer and Troop 18 Boy Scouts presented the American flag and the Troop 18 Boy Scout flag, before leading the “Pledge of Allegiance.”

Pastor William Hammann of Hawley Memorial Presbyterian Church of Blue Ridge Summit, Pa., gave the invocation. Hawley Memorial Church, the home of Cub Scout Troop 218 and Boy Scout Troop 18 for many decades, is where Dylan completed his Eagle Scout project.

Adam Kovalchick, Tuscarora and Great Cove District executive from Boy Scout Mason-Dixon Council, brought The Peace Light to the Eagle Scout Court of Honor. The Peace Light, which has been traveling around the world and was used to light the first candle of the ceremony, was a significant part of Dylan’s Eagle Scout Court of Honor.

Troop 18 Eagle Scout Daniel Buhrman recited an Eagle Scout poem. While Troop 18 members lit corresponding candles representing the 12 points of the Scout Law, Daniel read the Scout Law. Jim Pfeffer read the Scout Oath while Boy Scouts lit candles.

Robert Podboy and Richard Stickley, longtime leaders of Troop 18, described The Eagle Trail, while Troop 18 members lit candles to represent each rank of scouting, then Dylan lit the Eagle Scout candle.

Eagle Scout Steve Crunkleton gave the Eagle Challenge, and Eagle Scout John Hasty read the Eagle Pledge.

With Jim Pfeffer and Richard Stickley assisting, Dylan’s mother pinned the Eagle Scout medal on her son’s uniform, and Dylan’s father placed the Eagle Scout neckerchief and Eagle Scout slide on his son.

Dylan then pinned a Mother’s Pin to his mom’s Boy Scout neckband, the same one he has pinned every rank advancement pin on since his beginning of Scouting.

Dylan pinned a Father’s Tie Tack on his father’s tie.

Dylan then called Steve Crunkleton forward, so he could be pinned with the Mentor’s Pin, a pin which is presented to a longtime, consistent Boy Scout mentor to the Eagle Scout. .

Eagle Scout Michael Catherman, a pilot in the Air National Guard and friend of the family, recited an Eagle Scout poem. Wayne Buhrman, one of Dylan’s longtime Boy Scout leaders, gave the benediction, and then Troop 18 members retired the colors.

For his Eagle Scout project, Dylan, his family, Boy Scouts and leaders constructed a flagpole and flowerbed at Hawley Memorial Presbyterian Church. A commercial-size lighted flagpole was constructed in a round flower bed with pavers, mulch, flowering bulbs and two Hydrangeas.

A dedication ceremony was held by the Session Congregation and Pastor William Hammann on May 22, 2011, honoring Dylan and past and present servicemen and women of the church. A  flag from Hammann’s great-nephew, 1st. Lt. Patrick Line, who was stationed in Afghanistan, was flown at the ceremony.

The flag was previously flown at Camp Phoenix in Afghanistan on June 20, 2010.

Peggy Denton and her family supported Dylan’s project with memorial funds from her late mother and father, Charles and Betty Sterling, who had wanted a flagpole constructed at their church for many years. Placed in the flowerbed at the base of the flagpole was a large marker stone, which read “In Memory of Charles and Betty Sterling, Dedicated to All Hawley Memorial Veterans, Designed and Constructed by Eagle Scout Dylan Eyler, Dedicated May 22, 2011.”

Dylan began Scouting with Troop 218 as a Tiger Cub, the youngest rank possible in Cub Scouts, in 1999. Dylan advanced to Boy Scouts, the Tenderfoot rank, in 2004. After moving through the ranks of Boy Scouts, earning 25 merit badges and completing his Eagle Scout project, he officially became an Eagle Scout on July 13, 2011.

Dylan attends Hagerstown Community College, where he is enrolled in the criminal justice program and plays baseball.

Dylan is the older brother of Danielle Eyler of Cascade. Dylan is the grandson of Ronald and Joyce (Honodel) Eyler of Waynesboro, Pa., Lowell Harty of Cascade and the late Linda (Bentzel) Harty.

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