Wherever he goes, Tom Beach is likely to be involved in Scouting EAST COLUMBIA

NEIGHBORS

January 19, 1993|By NATALIE HARVEY

"Scouting teaches boys self-confidence and gives the opportunities to develop leadership roles beyond sports and academics. It makes them aware of their heritage and their duty to God and country. In my opinion, it is one of the best, if not the best, organization for boys to help them develop their organizational skills which they can use day to day as well as for their future."

Scoutmaster Tom Beach's statement is also an answer to "why." Why spend years in Scouting? Why give your time and energy to an organization for the benefit of young men?

In Mr. Beach's words, "because it teaches boys to be responsible men." Mr. Beach is leaving Boy Scout Troop 613 in Owen Brown village because he is being transferred from this area. Will he continue with Scouting? If there is a troop, he'll work with it; if there is not one, chances are that he'll start one.

Mr. Beach has been with Troop 613 since 1985, when the group had a scoutmaster, an assistant scoutmaster and fewer than a dozen Scouts. During those years he also has been a commissioner.

Today, the troop has increased to 50, has 10 scoutmaster assistants and many active parent committee members.

Each year, Webelo Cub Scout packs are invited to the troop's annual Mini-Olympics for an evening of games and socializing in preparation for making the transition from Cub Scout to Boy Scout.

Mr. Beach joined BSA in his hometown, Junction City, Ohio, when he was 11. At age 14 he was inducted into the Order of the Arrow. Before graduating from high school, he had earned 23 merit badges.

After Mr. Beach's second year in college, a friend asked his help in re-chartering a hometown troop. He has been active in Scouts ever since. His four sons are Scouts, including two, Adam and Brian, who are members of 613.

Frequent changes in assignment in his government job have taken him across the United States and even to Japan, and Mr. Beach has worked with Scouts wherever he has lived.

Troop 613's Boy Scouts, assistant scoutmasters, committee members and the Owen Brown village association will miss Mr. Beach and envy the next Boy Scout troop lucky enough to have his help.

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Students at Talbot Springs Elementary will attend a bus safety assembly at special 10 a.m. Thursday. The third-, fourth- and fifth-grade talent pools will present the program. David Drown, Howard County transportation supervisor, will be the guest speaker.

But the program belongs to the students. Earlier, they had come to the conclusion that improved behavior on and off the school bus would result in improved safety for all students.

Fourth-grade talent pool students will present 10 one-minute skits to illustrate bus safety rules. The PTSA ordered official bus safety cards and posters, which the third-grade talent pool distributed to each class and declared "Be Cool, Follow The Rules" as the bus safety motto.

All students competed in the safety poster contest. Winning posters (one from each class) will be displayed at the assembly and then in the buses and school halls.

The props committee constructed a school bus for the assembly; students, Kathryn Rulison and Kimberly O'Neill wrote a bus safety song, which was choreographed for the program.

The program's impact is already evident. Students are courteous and enthusiastic about enforcing the rules, and the drivers appreciate their efforts, which will continue beyond the assembly. Every month a student from each bus will be honored for exemplary bus behavior.

The students recognized and resolved their problems with the help of gifted and talented resource teacher Carrye Jones. All in all, it was a job well done with group effort.

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Mary Ann Evangelista of Oakland Mills village and singing partner John Reinhardt, better known as the Pocket Opera Players, are presenting the operetta "La Serva Padrona" and excerpts from "My Fair Lady" Sunday at historic Oakland, 5430 Vantage Point Road, Town Center, Columbia. Admission is $10, $8 for seniors and students. Reservations are requested for the 7:30 p.m. performance. Information: 730-4801.

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