Many area troops prepare to mark Scout Sunday


January 27, 1998|By Nancy Gallant | Nancy Gallant,SPECIAL TO THE SUN

ALL OVER the world, Boy Scouts and Cub Scouts celebrate February, the month Lord Baden-Powell, founder of the Boy Scouts, was born. On Sunday, many area troops will celebrate Scout Sunday.

Members of Boy Scout Troop 758, sponsored by the Crofton Civic Association, plan to attend the 11 a.m. service at Community United Methodist Church in uniform. Senior Patrol Leader David Lanzer reports that his troop recently enjoyed a ski expedition to Timberline in West Virginia. In a few weeks, the Scouts will take another camping trip, this time to Sandy Point State Park.

Boy Scout Troop 115, sponsored by Community United Methodist Church, will also take part in the church services Sunday. The Scouts and their "younger brothers," Cub Pack 115, compete every year on Scout Sunday to see which group has the larger number of boys in uniform at a service.

Boy Scout Troop 731 plans to celebrate Scout Sunday on Feb. 8 at its sponsoring organization, Prince of Peace Presbyterian Church. Life Scout Kevin O'Brien reports that the troop enjoyed camping last weekend at the antenna farm in Davidsonville.

Cub Scouts Ryan and Brad Poyer of Cub Pack 115 are busy finishing their model sailboats in preparation for this Saturday's Rain Gutter Regatta. Later in the month, the pack will honor the achievements of its members at the Blue and Gold Banquet.

Only 2 percent of Boy Scouts earn the rank of Eagle. Scout troops take pride in watching a member attain the honor. This past year, six members of Troop 115 have completed the projects required for the Eagle rank.

Brad Swift and Steve Cernick shared a Court of Honor last month to celebrate their attaining Eagle. Brad provided information centers for the B&A Trail in Severna Park. Steve's project involved the use of birdhouse kits in an educational project for homeless and disadvantaged youth.

Tim Green supervised development of a children's play area outside the new Fellowship Hall at Community United Methodist Church.

Ed Leslie saw another need at CUMC. The outdoor worship area was too small and needed work. Ed organized a group of Scouts and friends to enlarge the area, reorient the site plan and build benches to expand seating capacity.

Dan Kachura had taken part in several Scout functions at the West River Methodist Camp in Galesville, and he realized that more recreational facilities were needed there. For his Eagle project, he constructed a shuffleboard court and a horseshoe area.

Michael Gallant-Gardner was awarded his Eagle pin at a Court of Honor in August. His project was a habitat improvement on the grounds of Seton Parish in Crofton, including duck houses, bat houses, a path around the pond and benches.

All six of these young men have been involved for years in Troop 115, and their Eagle awards are honors they can point to with pride.

The Super Bowl is barely over and it is time to start thinking about baseball -- and softball and lacrosse.

If your child wants to play a spring sport, the Crofton Athletic Council is holding registration through Feb. 13. Forms can be obtained at the Crofton Library or at Town Hall.

Pub Date: 1/27/98

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