Local teen is awarded rank of Eagle Scout

November 23, 2012

Ronnie Scott Dagenhart was awarded the rank of Eagle Scout on June 16 at Downsville Christian Church.

He is the son of Brian and Robin Dagenhart of Boonsboro.

He is a senior at Washington County Technical High School, where he is in the electrical construction program.

Ronnie is a member of Boy Scout Troop 58 of Downsville, and Crew 58 of Downsville. Both groups are chartered by Downsville Christian Church.

Ronnie began his Scouting career in October of 2000 as a Tiger with Pack 58 in Downsville. He earned all of his Tiger beads and over the years earned the ranks of Bobcat, Wolf, Bear and Webelos I and II. He earned Cub Scout’s highest honor, the Arrow of Light, in February 2005.

In 2005, he crossed over to Troop 58, where he earned the ranks of Scout, Tenderfoot, Second Class, First Class, Star and Life.

During his Scouting career, he has attended many camping trips, hikes, canoe trips, Christmas tree sales, work details, popcorn sales and camporees. He has attended seven consecutive years of summer camp at Camp Sinoquipe.

He has held the positions of senior patrol leader, assistant patrol leader, scribe and quarter master.

To date, he has earned 38 merit badges. He is a member of the Order of the Arrow, Guneukitschik Lodge 317.  He became an Ordeal member in July 2007 and a Brotherhood member in July 2010.

His Eagle project was to build and set up wood duck nesting boxes at Camp Mary Mac, which is a church camp owned by the Capital Area Churches, which Downsville Christian Church is a member.

Ronnie is a member of Downsville Christian Church, where he serves as a deacon. He is a Junior Angel on the caretaker’s team that keeps up the maintenance and upkeep for Camp Mary Mac.

Ronnie completed his Eagle project in August 2011.

He received the rank of Eagle Scout in his final Board of Review on Feb. 13, 2012. The Eagle Court of Honor was held at Downsville Christian Church.

The master of ceremonies was Eagle Scout Zach Campbell of Troop 58, who also read “One Hundred Scouts.”

The Legend of Eagle Mountain along with a video of Ronnie’s climb to Eagle Scout was narrated by Col. Mike Deener, who is a member of Downsville Christian Church.

Pastor Craig Jones provided the invocation and spoke at the ceremony.

The “Eagle Charge” was given by Eagle Scouts Austin Huff and Robbie Wills, also from Troop 58. An Eagle’s Nest of fellow Eagle Scouts on hand that day was formed around Ronnie to support him as he took the Eagle Scout oath. They each rededicated themselves at that time, as well.

Ronnie gave mentor pins to Assistant Scoutmaster Bob Huff, Scoutmaster Dave Campbell, Unit Commissioner Terry Hammond and Committee Member Darlene Huff. He thanked them all for their support and guidance during his climb to Eagle Scout.

Many awards and presentations were given to Ronnie during the ceremony. Washington County Commissioner Ruth Anne Callaham spoke during the ceremony and presented Ronnie with a Washington County pin, a 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 Hagerstown Elks Lodge, also spoke and presented Ronnie with a certificate and a small American Flag.

Jo Bach, from the Marine Corps League, also presented Ronnie with a certificate, as did Sen. Chris Shank and Deputy Lipinski from the Washington County Sheriff’s Office.

Sharon Schmelling, a representative from Hagerstown Ford where Ronnie is employed as a lot attendant, presented him with a check and a letter of congratulations from owner Rick Kelly.

Ronnie’s Aunt Susie Langenstein and Cousin Logan Arnold, a Webelo Scout from Pack 252, presented Ronnie with a flag that they requested be flown over the U.S. Capitol Building on Ronnie’s birthday in his honor.

Ronnie 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, an 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 Pastor Craig Jones. The ceremony was followed by a luncheon in the fellowship hall of the church.

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