Brothers are good Scouts, with Eagle pins to prove it

January 16, 1994|By Katherine Richards | Katherine Richards,Staff Writer

The sons of Sharon and Wilbur Smith of Hampstead are batting three for three.

On Jan. 2, the Smiths watched as their 20-year-old son, Mike, an Eagle Scout, introduced his brothers, Andrew, 18, and Wilbur, 15, at the ceremony where they received their Eagle Scout pins.

"Being there, seeing those guys get it . . . It was a pretty big deal," said Mike Smith.

"It was pretty neat," said the father, Mr. Smith. "I think the high point for me was Mike giving them the [Eagle] Pledge."

State Dels. Richard Matthews and Richard Dixon also attended the ceremony at the Immanuel Evangelical Lutheran Church in Manchester.

It took each of the youths several years to earn Eagle Scout rank. To achieve Eagle status, a boy must earn 21 merit badges, hold leadership positions in his pack and complete a community service project.

"You're giving back to the community everything they gave to you while you were in Scouting," Andrew Smith explained.

For his project, he designed and built a bluebird trail and an informative water trail at Manchester's Pine Valley Park. He also built a blind for bird watchers.

Wilbur Smith installed wood duck nesting boxes at Manchester's three community ponds.

Mike Smith earned his Eagle rank in 1991. He is now a police cadet in Baltimore County and begins training at the police academy tomorrow.

"I think it [Eagle Scout status] is really something that will help you through your whole life," Mike Smith said.

He said his years as a Scout gave him better work habits and leadership skills and an ability to get along with others -- qualities that have helped him at work.

The boys' father said he thinks Scouting has made a difference in his sons.

"They're confident, but I don't think they've ever been arrogant or boastful," Mr. Smith said.

"I know they're not choir boys," he said, but added, "I think they're pretty considerate of other people."

Wilbur Smith is a sophomore at North Carroll High School. He works at Baugher's Restaurant and has been active in baseball, band, SHOUT (Students Helping Others to Understand Themselves) and St. George's Episcopal Church.

Andrew Smith is a freshman at Towson State University, majoring in business and finance. He works at Martin's Caterers of Westminster.

He has participated in such extra-curricular activities as band, Students Against Driving Drunk, drama, St. George's Episcopal Church and American Legion Boys' State. He was chairman of the Carroll County Youth Drug & Alcohol Awareness Summit from 1991 to 1993.

The boys' parents have been closely involved with Scouting.

Sharon Smith was a den mother for eight years, and now helps with fund raising.

"I've become an almost pretty-good camper now," she said.

Mr. Smith is an assistant Scoutmaster, and has accompanied his sons on dozens of camping trips.

"It's more fun than it is work, and I enjoy the outdoors, so it's not hard for me to go on the trips," he said.

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