Scout Becomes Eagle

November 20, 1991

HAMPSTEAD — Brian Anthony Letnaunchyn of Troop 665 will be presented with his Eagle Scout rank in ceremonies at 2 p.m. Dec. 8 at St. Bartholomew's Church, which sponsors the troop.

The Eagle Scout rank is the highest a Scout can achieve. Fewer than 2 percent of all Boy Scouts earn the award.

To qualify for the award, a Scout must prove his proficiency in 21 areas of achievement. He must have been successful in the previous six ranks, show leadership within his troop, and live by the Scout oath.

He must also develop and carry out a service project that makes a contribution to his community.

In cooperation with the Department of Transportation and the state of Maryland, Brian spent 22 months researching information on traffic fatalities in Carroll County, specifically on Route 30 as it crossed into Carroll from Baltimore County and Pennsylvania.

His idea was to erect signs at the scenes of fatal accidents that said "Think -- Why Die," which he saw in South Dakota while on vacation.

After gaining approval to use the sign from the company that had a copyright on it, Brian went to the state ofMaryland, via then-Commissioner Jeff Griffith. But the state told him the sign had religious overtones.

Brian took his project in another direction by researching the causes and locations of accidents throughout the county during the previous year.

With the help of theSign Shop of the state Department of Transportation, Brian convertedthe information into a three-panel display that was used as part of Operation Prom Night.

Brian also organized a week of activities toencourage his peers to drive more safely and collected hundreds of brochures on safe driving for students at North Carroll High.

He invited a state trooper to the school to talk to students. At Brian's instigation, an assembly was organized to encourage safe driving, especially during prom season.

A fund-raiser also was sponsored to benefit the regional chapter of Students Against Drunk Driving.

Brianwill be the fourth scout from Troop 665 to earn the Eagle rank. His brother, Christopher, was the troop's first Eagle Scout in 1987.

His future plans include attending the U.S. Naval Academy to major in marine biology and becoming a pilot.

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