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Clear Spring graduate earns Eagle Scout rank

June 13, 2013
  • Michael S. Smith of Boy Scout Troop 117 in Clear Spring was presented with his Eagle Scout rank during a Court of Honor on April 13.
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Boy Scout Michael S. Smith of Troop 117 in Clear Spring has been awarded the Eagle Scout rank, the highest in Scouting.

He is the son of Colleen and Marty Smith of Clear Spring.

A Court of Honor to present the award was held April 13 at St. Joseph’s Catholic Church on Virginia Avenue.

Troop 117 Scoutmaster Keith Sheffler gave the opening remarks.

The invocation was given by the Rev. Chris Moore, pastor of St. Joseph’s.

Gerald Cump, representing Elks Lodge 378 in Hagerstown, read the Pledge of Allegiance and presented Smith with the American flag.

Smith restored the Memorial Gardens at Clear Spring High School for his Eagle Scout community service project, and completed it in time for the graduating Class of 2012 and their families to use the gardens for photographs. The project took 187 hours to complete.

He accomplished the requirements for the Eagle Scout rank on Jan. 13.

Smith started Scouting in November, 2001, with Cub Scout Pack 008 at St. Mary Catholic School in Hagerstown, and a firm foundation in Scouting was formed by Den Leader Michelle Shaper.

In 2003, he transferred to Pack 102 and experienced camping at the Gehr Farm and Webelos Woods. He went on many camping and hiking trips along the Chesapeake and Ohio Canal and Rail Trail under the direction of Robert and Cindy Hockenberry and Martin and Lori Bucher.

In 2006, Smith received the Arrow of Light, the highest award in Cub Scouting, and crossed over to the Boy Scouts, joining Troop 002 in April, 2006.

For the next six years, with the support of Scoutmaster Bob Mumma and others, including fellow Scouts, parents and friends, he earned several merit badges with Troop 002. Smith has earned 25 merit badges.

The most difficult part of the Eagle Trail was from July, 2011, to December 2012.

In the summer of 2012, Smith attended summer camp with Troop 117 and made the decision to transfer to that troop.

The support and guidance of Scoutmaster Sheffler led Smith through the last of the required merit badges and community service project required for the Eagle Scout rank.

He graduated from Clear Spring High School and has enlisted in the Army Reserve Military Police Unit.

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