Boy Scout Troop 550 selects its junior leaders


February 20, 2000|By Rosalie Falter | Rosalie Falter,SPECIAL TO THE SUN

ONE PURPOSE of the Boy Scouts of America program is teaching leadership to young men. At Linthicum's Troop 550, leadership is put in the hands of its youngsters twice a year in elections to choose Scout members for roles as junior leaders.

These Scouts will decide the next six months' programs for the troop and guide its indoor and outdoor activities -- including a role in planning for a weeklong summer camp.

The new leaders of the troop's Flaming Arrows and Pedros divisions were formally installed at a troop dinner Thursday at St. Christopher Episcopal Church.

They are:

Travis Elseroad, senior patrol leader; Chris LaWall, assistant senior patrol leader; Sam Branham, patrol leader of the Flaming Arrows; Billy McKerchen, assistant patrol leader of the Flaming Arrows; Matt Smith, patrol leader of the Pedros; Jason Carter, assistant patrol leader of the Pedros; Mike Heath, troop quartermaster; Devin O'Brien, librarian; Dan Severn, troop instructor; Ronnie Schweiger, troop guide; and Ben Miller, scribe.

LaWall, Carter, Elseroad and Severn assisted recently in the Four Rivers District Klondike Derby on Sulin's Farm, south of Route 276 in Severn.

They worked in a station that monitored the outdoor skills of Scouts from other troops.

Adult troop leaders there were Scoutmaster Butch LaWall; Larry Jennings, committee chairman; and August Severn and John McCarty, assistant Scoutmasters.

Information: Butch LaWall, 410-636-6154.

Play ball

The North Glen Improvement Association's baseball-softball teams' sign-up will be held from 7: 30 p.m. to 9 p.m. Tuesdays through March (except March 7) at the North Glen Community Hall on Wellham Avenue near Furnace Branch Road.

Fees vary, ranging from $35 for players ages 5 to 8 to $165 for the Palomino League, which is for ages 17 and 18.

Parents must provide a copy of the child's birth certificate, and all children must supply their batting helmets and gloves and participate in fund-raisers sponsored by the league.

Nancy Mason, North Glen president, said the association is reviving year-round Monday night bingo games -- instead of taking summer breaks.

Bingo is the association's main fund-raiser for building repairs, Mason said.

Doors will open at 6: 30 p.m., and games begin at 7: 30 p.m. Refreshments are served during intermission. The prizes have been increased.

The association also raises money by renting its facility. Mason said Bob Bingel is the new hall rental agent.

Association members, as well as nonmembers, can rent the hall.

Rental information: 410-760- 4208.

Other information: 410-761- 4894.

Garden Club weathers up

Because snow interfered with the Ferndale Garden Club's January meeting, an appearance by Jason Pippin, owner of Aspen Grove Landscape Co., has been rescheduled at 7 p.m. Tuesday.

The originally planned February program, a mystery auction of homemade articles, has been moved from Tuesday to 7 p.m. Feb. 29. Lou Wolfe will be the auctioneer.

Both meetings will be at Ferndale-Linthicum Senior Center, 7205 Baltimore-Annapolis Blvd.

Information: Debi Burkman, 410-760-4809.

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