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Area Scouts attending National Jamboree take time out to spruce up senior center

July 23, 2013|By GARRETT SINGER | Special to The Herald-Mail
  • Members of Troop B404 at the National Jamboree are shown with senior center Executive Director Linville Goins. Seated, from left, Tracy McLane, Ian McLane, Josh Booth, Jacob Silver, Goins, Logan Conner, Mark Shepheard, James Fuller Jr., Aidan McLane, Garrett Ammons, Andrew Rhodes, Kyle LeVardi, Ben Koepp and John Cantor. Middle row, David Mellott, Jarrett Rhines, Brennan Porter, Daniel Booth, Frank Milihram, Garrett Singer, Josh Andrews, Aaron Little, Liam Sullivan, Logan Wiebley and Will Malcomb. Top row, Jay Nase, Levi Shank, Rylan Jones, James Fuller Sr., Greg Koepp, Billy Crowder, Chase Fowler, Nick Shaffer, Andrew Stewart, Nick Dougherty, Michael Werder, Austin Maurer, Tanner Barnett, Connor Brown and Max Webb.
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Area Boy Scouts attending the National Jamboree took advantage of an opportunity to give back to the community on July 18.

National Jamboree Troop B404, which is comprised of Hagerstown area Scouts, participated in the Messengers of Peace Day of Service, a program designed to benefit both Scouts and organizations throughout the surrounding community.

Troop B404 members were bused from Mount Hope, W.Va., site of the jamboree, to Hinton, W.Va., to assist the Summers County Council on Aging Inc. in the renovation of a senior center.

Scouts from the Mason-Dixon Council (Washington County, Tuscarora, and Great Cove districts) painted several areas of the senior center, including the quilting club room and the handicapped-accessible ramp and railing.

Will Hildebrand, a 14-year-old Life Scout from Hagerstown, said he enjoyed the service for multiple reasons.

“It was awesome. The center was clearly glad with the work, and it made me feel great. I hope everyone can appreciate it,” he said.

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The senior center staff also had positive reviews. 

“It was great,” said Executive Director Linville Goins. “We could not have asked for anything better.”

All of the Scouts who participated in the service day will receive a patch and be able to  use the hours to fulfill rank requirements.

Following the service, the Scouts were able to tour some of Hinton’s notable sites, including the Hinton Railroad Museum, which features a carving of the legend of John Henry composed of 100 pieces and figures.

Mark Shepheard of Hagerstown, said he greatly enjoyed this part of the trip.

“The carved statutes were my favorite part. They were really cool,” he said.

Garrett Singer of Hagerstown is a Boy Scout with Troop 10, which is sponsored by Trinity Lutheran Church. He is attending the jamboree and is the hometown correspondent for his troop.

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