Kings Contrivance youth's work goes beyond Scouting duty

January 04, 1994|By Adam Sachs | Adam Sachs,Staff Writer

David Brewer has always admired his older brother, Joe, so it was only natural to set his sights on attaining Eagle Scout, Scouting's highest rank.

"I don't know if it was a competitive thing," said David, 15, a sophomore at Hammond High School and a Kings Contrivance village resident. "I have a lot of respect for my brother, and I wanted to follow in his footsteps. I also wanted the honor. It really does mean a lot to me."

David received his Eagle Scout rank at a recent ceremony at South Columbia Baptist Church. Joe Brewer, a freshman at Furman University in South Carolina, made Eagle Scout in 1990.

To achieve the honor, Scouts must assume leadership roles and perform community service work. David organized a project to collect toiletries from Columbia households and deliver them to the Walter P. Carter Center, a state-run mental health hospital in Baltimore. The state provides basic items, but many patients have little or no income, said Jayne Heck-Hackley, the center's volunteer coordinator.

"It really was a tremendous help. We can always use personal items," she said.

Ms. Heck-Hackley said she was impressed with David's commitment and attitude.

"He was very enthusiastic and genuinely interested in helping our patients," she said. "I could see by the enthusiasm he put into the project it was something he really wanted to do."

David collected, sorted and packed in boxes about 1,200 items for personal grooming, directing Scouts from Troop 361 and several friends and family members in the effort. The group made weekly trips into Columbia neighborhoods to place empty bags on doors with a flier describing the project, then returned several days later to pick up donations.

"It wasn't so much that I did the work, but that I instructed others in how to go about a plan that I made," said David, who has been involved in Scouting since 1985. "You learn leadership and how to direct.

"The whole thing about Scouting is it leads you from boyhood to manhood," he said. "Achieving Eagle Scout is a representation of achieving that goal."

Other community service projects David has performed include cleaning up waterways for the county parks department, resurfacing shuffleboard courts and building a raised flower bed for the Harmony Hall Residential Retirement Community, and carrying luggage for immigrants who arrived at Baltimore-Washington International Airport from the Middle East during the Persian Gulf War.

David played on Hammond High's junior varsity lacrosse team last year and is active in school band and drama activities.

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