Westminster Scouts honored Four in Troop 381 earn Eagle badges

June 28, 1992

WESTMINSTER -- Four members of Troop 381 were presented recently with Eagle badges, the Boy Scouts of America's highest honor.

"Each has a fine Scouting record that goes far beyond ordinary records," said Scoutmaster John J. Rush Sr.

"They have completed all the requirements to take the big step into the ring of the 2 percent who achieve Scouting's highest honor," Rush said.

The Eagle Scouts are:

W. Darby Ashmore IV, son of Walter D. Ashmore III of Baltimore and Virginia G. Ashmore of Westminster; John David Gifford, son of David Gifford and Ann Gifford Insley of Westminster; Eric A. Larson, son of Bruce and Nancy Larson of Westminster; and Jeffrey Jackson Weaver, son of Jerry and Phyllis Weaver of Westminster.

Ashmore, 18, a 1992 Westminster High School graduate, joined Troop 381 in 1986 and has been elected to several offices.

His Eagle Scout project was the planning, design, production and placement of wood duck nest boxes.

Gifford, 18, also a 1992 WHS graduate, began Scouting in 1982. As a member of Troop 381, he participated in camping trips to West Point, N.Y., and high-adventure trips, such as mountain-climbing and rafting expeditions.

For his Eagle Scout project, he built and placed bluebird nesting boxes in the New Windsor area, where they can be monitored and maintained by other troop members next year.

Also a 1992 WHS graduate, Larson, 18, joined Troop 381 in 1986. He has taken a number of trips with the troop and was chosen "Best All Around Camper" in 1990.

His Eagle Scout project was the restoration of the old Dutch-German church cemetery on Gorsuch Road.

He cleared brush and weeds, removed dead trees, straightened headstones and replaced them in their original positions, and mapped the graves.

Weaver, 17, a WHS senior, has been assistant patrol leader and patrol leader for Troop 381. He helped plan the 1990 Maine High Adventure Canoe trip.

To earn his Eagle Scout badge, Weaver organized a stream cleanup on rural property near the New Windsor watershed area.

The Scouts plan to request that the stream be entered in the Maryland Save Our Streams preservation program.

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