Eldersburg teen becomes Eagle Scout

February 15, 1993|By Amy L. Miller | Amy L. Miller,Staff Writer

Jeffrey A. Glover learned the responsibility attached to earning the rank of Eagle Scout yesterday.

"The rank of Eagle Scout is loaned, not given," said Baltimore area Boy Scout representative Robert Scarsborough, as Mr. Glover, an Eldersburg resident, received the honor few Scouts achieve. "You must earn it each day. To those that wear this little bit of cloth and metal, it is a badge of honor."

For Mr. Glover, that little bit of cloth and metal represents eight years of Boy Scout membership, 21 merit badges and a position as senior patrol leader in Troop 417.

"I feel proud to get this honor, and I'll try to live up to it," said a grinning Mr. Glover after his installation ceremony at the church he attends, Liberty Reformed Presbyterian, just over the line in Baltimore County. "I've wanted to be an Eagle Scout ever since I started in Boy Scouts. I hung in there, persevered and I'm really happy about it."

The 1991 graduate of South Carroll High, with some help from his fellow Scouts, also replaced the wooden steps leading to Piney Run Park's amphitheater, cleaned the area and replaced the mulch.

"I wanted to do something lasting," said Mr. Glover, 19, of his public service project. "I wanted to do something that I could go back and see, and that other people can use, go up and appreciate it."

U.S. Sens. Barbara A. Mikulski and Paul S. Sarbanes, the Maryland House of Delegates, U.S. Rep. Roscoe G. Bartlett, the Carroll County Commissioners, and national Boy Scout leaders sent written greetings.

State Sen. Larry Haines brought his greetings, and a resolution from the state Senate, in person.

"Scouting is one of the most wholesome programs in America for young people," he said. "It teaches moral values, service, leadership and provides role models for building character.

"Character should be your No. 1 priority in life. No matter how many leadership roles you have held, how many merit badges you have earned, if you do not have character and not set role models for others to follow, your work won't mean very much."

The senator also commended Mr. Glover's family for their part in his honor.

"I know this honor is from your own dedication and effort," Mr. Haines said to Mr. Glover. "But without your family and Scout leaders, it would have been a harder journey to make."

Mr. Glover, a sophomore at Messiah College in Pennsylvania, is pursuing a marketing degree.

"I'm very proud of my son," said Mr. Glover's father, John. "It's a wonderful achievement and a milestone in his life. He will long remember this."

The elder Mr. Glover was a Boy Scout for about five years but did not reach the Eagle rank.

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