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Smithsburg Class of 2013 includes 10 Troop 62 Eagles

July 04, 2013
  • Smithsburg High School's Class of 2013 had 11 Eagle Scouts, including 10 from Boy Scout Troop 62 in Chewsville. Pictured, front row, from left, are Austin Lane, Colton Duvall, L.J. Etter, Connor Brown and Jared Banzhoff; and back row, Josh Gladhill, Mason Beck-Schmieder, Alex Tibbens, Josh Yoder and Ben Connelly.
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Smithsburg High School's Class of 2013 included 11 Eagle Scouts.

Ten of these Scouts are from BSA Troop 62 in Chewsville and have been in Scouting together since 2006, when they started in Boy Scouts.

Boy Scout statistics show that out of 100 Scouts, only two will achieve the rank of Eagle Scout.

The 10 Scouts began their Boy Scouting journey with Troop 62 in February 2006. All 10 have become Eagle Scouts.

The 10 young men have been on many adventures together and have served the community in many capacities. They have a combined total of more than 1,400 service hours, 940 nights of camping, 1,430 miles of hiking and 362 merit badges earned.

The following is a listing of each Scout, the date he achieved the rank of Eagle Scout and a brief description of his Eagle Scout project:

Jared Banzhoff achieved the rank of Eagle Scout on March 20.

Jared’s Eagle Scout project was to build three benches with planters for Cascade Elementary School. The benches helped to add more seating to the school’s outdoor classroom area.

Mason Beck-Schmieder achieved the rank of Eagle Scout on March 20.

Mason’s Eagle Scout project was to create kickbacks for Smithsburg Youth Athletics. He built three kickbacks for soccer players to use on the soccer fields at Brook Lane during their practice sessions and warm-ups.

Connor Brown achieved the rank of Eagle Scout on March 20.

Connor’s Eagle Scout project was to create a path from the Chesapeake and Ohio Canal towpath to the Potomac River for Harpers Ferry (W.Va.) National Historical Park. The project consisted of building steps down a steep embankment, working and building around tree roots to create a safe path and to protect the natural surroundings.

Ben Connelly achieved the rank of Eagle Scout on Dec. 17, 2012.

Ben’s Eagle Scout project was to create an outdoor classroom for Cascade Elementary School. For the project, he built four benches, painted four picnic tables, pressure washed a brick wall, planted seven shrubs to extend the natural wall of the area, and mulched.

Colton Duvall achieved the rank of Eagle Scout on May 19, 2010.
 
Colton’s Eagle Scout project was to beautify and add gardens to Trinity Lutheran Church’s cemetery. He created four gardens within the cemetery, including a children’s garden, veterans’ garden, memorial garden and bird garden.

L.J. Etter achieved the rank of Eagle Scout on April 25.

L.J.’s Eagle Scout project was to move the existing playground at Hagerstown Church of the Nazarene from one location to another on the church property. This consisted of reconstructing the area, including placing a wooden perimeter, taking apart the playground from the existing location and moving it to its new location, and mulching the area after reconstruction.

Josh Gladhill achieved the rank of Eagle Scout on April 25.

Josh’s Eagle Scout project was to renovate a basement area creating a teen center at Virginia Avenue Baptist Church. His project included painting the walls, building a wooden closet to enclose the electrical box and hot water heater, building a counter and snack bar, and putting in a drop ceiling.

Austin Lane achieved the rank of Eagle Scout on Aug. 13, 2012.

Austin’s Eagle Scout project was to beautify an area of the walking path at Veterans Park in Smithsburg. The project consisted of building a bench and landscaping a section along the walking path. Landscaping included planting flowers, shrubs and a few trees as well as adding a stone border.

Alex Tibbens achieved the rank of Eagle Scout on Sept. 10, 2010.
 
Alex’s Eagle Scout project was to beautify the front of the Chewsville Community Center. He pulled up all of the old overgrown shrubs and planted and mulched the front beds of the center. The shutters on the building also were painted.

Josh Yoder achieved the rank of Eagle Scout on Sept. 10, 2010.

Josh’s Eagle Scout project was to make the playground at the Chewsville Community Center safe and more inviting. He built two wooden benches for parents to watch their children play. The sod under each piece of equipment was dug up and disposed of, and mulch was placed under all of the playground equipment. The baby swings also were replaced.

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