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Lohman awarded Eagle Scout rank in court of honor

November 14, 2012
  • Randy James Lohman
Randy James Lohman

Randy James Lohman was awarded the rank of Eagle Scout on Oct. 27 at Hagerstown Church of the Nazarene.

He is the son of Debbie and Rich Lohman of Keedysville.  

He is a junior at Boonsboro High School, where he is a member of the cross country team and the track teams. 

Lohman is a member of Boy Scout Troop 51 of Sharpsburg, which is chartered by St. Paul’s Episcopal Church. Troop 51 meets at the church on Tuesday at 7 p.m.

Lohman first began Scouting when he was in kindergarten as a Tiger Scout with Cub Scout Pack 66 in Hagerstown.

He earned all of the tiger beads and many electives. Then he stopped Scouting for a few years.  When he returned to Scouting, he became a Webelos Scout with Cub Scout Pack 51 in Keedysville.

He earned Cub Scouting’s highest award, the Arrow of Light. 

On March 25, 2007, Lohman crossed over from Cub Scouts into Boy Scouts, joining Boy Scout Troop 51 in Sharpsburg.  As a Boy Scout with Troop 51, he attended many Scouting events, such as hiking trips, campouts, parades and biking trips.  He has also helped with many pancake breakfasts, spaghetti dinners, flower sales, popcorn sales and cleanup days.  Lohman has served as Order of the Arrow representative, assistant patrol leader, patrol leader and patrol scribe. 

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To date, he has earned 30 merit badges and the World Conservation Award. 

Lohman has attended Sinoquipe summer camp for four consecutive years. He is a member of the Order of the Arrow, Guneukitschik Lodge 317. He became an Ordeal member in July 2008 and a Brotherhood member in July 2009. 

Lohman completed his Eagle Project on April 9, 2011. He planned, organized and led his troop in planting more than 400 trees at Antietam National Battlefield. The project helped the battlefield to recreate the East Woods as it looked during the war.

Recently, Lohman had the opportunity to go on a trip to the Northern Tier National Boy Scout High Adventure Base in Ely, Minn. The trip consisted of a six-day canoe trek in the waters between Minnesota and Canada.

Lohman received the rank of Eagle at his final Board of Review on July 10. 

The Eagle Court of Honor was held at Hagerstown Church of the Nazarene in Hagerstown. 

The master of ceremonies for the Court of Honor was Scoutmaster John Stewart.  “One Hundred Scouts” was read by Eagle Scout John Hoover, formally of Troop 1. 

The “Eagle in History” was read by committee member Steve Koepp. Pastor Steve Johnson provided the invocation and he also spoke at the ceremony.  

The “Eagle Charge” was given by Eagle Scout Chris Lyons, formerly of Troop 2. Lohman presented his mentor pin to Scoutmaster Stewart. He thanked Stewart for all of his guidance and support throughout his years of Scouting.

Many awards and presentations were given to Lohman during the ceremony. County Commissioner Ruth Anne Callaham spoke during the ceremony and presented Lohman with a Washington County pin, a Washington county mini-flag, and a certificate that was signed by all of the commissioners.

Eagle Scout Gerald Cump, chairman of the Americanism Committee for the Elks Lodge, also spoke and presented Lohman with a certificate and a small American Flag. 

Lohman also received a book that contained congratulatory letters from many dignitaries, including letters from all of the living presidents, the vice president, the secretary of state, the secretary of agriculture, Senate representatives, delegates, governors, NASA, and many others. 

He also received a flag that was flown over the U.S. Capitol that was at the request of U.S. Rep. Roscoe G. Bartlett.

The benediction was given by the Rev. Johnson of Hagerstown Church of the Nazarene.

The ceremony was followed by a luncheon at the church.

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