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Pa. teen sends care packages to soldiers as part of Eagle Scout pursuit

Stuart Yorty sends DVDs, books, toiletries, snacks to soldiers deployed overseas from Fort Meade, Md.

July 30, 2013|By JENNIFER FITCH | waynesboro@herald-mail.com
  • Stuart Yorty, 17, of Waynesboro, Pa., sent hundreds of care packages to soldiers deployed overseas from Fort Meade, Md. The gesture helped him earn his Eagle Scout badge.
By Jennifer Fitch/Staff Writer

WAYNESBORO, Pa. — Stuart Yorty has moved between several states in his young life, but he always kept focused on his involvement in the Boy Scouts.

“It has always been my goal to obtain the rank of Eagle Scout,” said Stuart, 17, of Waynesboro.

Due in large part to a service project benefiting active-duty U.S. troops, Stuart has now reached that rank and will celebrate the achievement in a ceremony next month.

Stuart sent hundreds of care packages to soldiers deployed overseas from Fort Meade, Md.

Stuart collected donations of DVDs, books, toiletries and snacks from area businesses, schools and boxes placed in public places. He sent 373 care packages, plus some additional party packs for groups to enjoy.

Stuart, who is home-schooled and learning Russian, hopes to join the U.S. Air Force ROTC or attend the U.S. Air Force Academy to train as a translator. His father, Jeff Yorty, and grandfather, George Yorty, served in the Air Force.

Stuart began Scouting at age 5 as a Tiger Cub Scout when living in North Carolina. He remembers spending time with his father and friends in the program.

When it was time to choose an Eagle Scout service project in Troop 88, Stuart researched what deployed service members want and need by talking to those in that position. He collected the donations in 2011.

Several businesses donated money for digital picture frames to be included, Stuart said.

“I didn’t know what to expect,” he said. “I was surprised to see patriotism is still alive and well in the community.”

A CD included in each care package featured videos of individuals, including Stuart, thanking troops for their service. Several deployed individuals emailed Stuart to thank him for the effort, he said.

Not only does he feel the project taught him organizational skills, Stuart said he got to know people and civic groups in the Waynesboro area, where he has now lived for a few years.

Stuart’s mother, Ann Yorty, said representatives of several units thanked her son when he took the boxes to Fort Meade.

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