THIS HAS been a productive and fulfilling summer for the young men in Boy Scout Troop 550, according to Assistant Scoutmaster John McCarty. While camping at the Hawk Mountain Scout Reservation in Pennsylvania, many Scouts earned badges and some advanced in rank. All of the Scouts and adult leaders experienced the beauty and challenges of the outdoors during a weeklong trip.
McCarty said that he and Assistant District Commissioner George Kline, who accompanied the troop, also had a surprise reunion. Soon after arriving at the campsite, they met Ken Jones, a former Boy Scout of Troop 550 who is now Scoutmaster of Troop 770 in Pasadena. Jones belonged to the Linthicum troop from 1973 to 1976 during the time that Kline was Scoutmaster and McCarty assistant Scoutmaster. Jones was with his three sons, Sean, Ryan and Brandon, who are members of their father's troop.
Kline and McCarty said they felt good about the reunion and, as Kline put it, they must have done something right in those days to have instilled in the former Scout the desire to continue in the Boy Scout program and to want to bring his sons in with him.
The troop also enjoyed the company of Matthew Smith, formerly a member of the troop. Matthew lives in Germany but accompanied his former Scout troop on the camping trip while visiting for the summer.
The Scouts and the number of merit badges they earned are: Phillip Abbott, four; Andrew Padgett, two; Jason Carter, two; William Chamberlain, three; Travis Elseroad, four; Cory Hayes, two; Michael Heath, two; Timothy Holt, three: James Kaifer, three; William Kaifer, four; Chris LaWall, two; Joseph Seleski, three; Shawn Smith, two; Zachary Rager, four; Matthew Wilcox, five; Ron J. Strobel, five; Matthew Smith, five.
Nicholas Cherry earned two badges, Alexander Gray earned five, and Matthew Howard earned four. Each of these Scouts also advanced to the rank of First Class.
Others include: Josua Van Horne, three badges and advancement to Star rank; Noah Wilson, four badges, Star rank and fireman chit (study of safety practices dealing with fires); Casey Whieldon, three badges, Tenderfoot rank, fireman chit and Totin' chip (authorization to use knives and hatchets); Matthew Temple, one badge, fireman chit and Totin' chip.
Boy Scout Troop 550 is sponsored by the Linthicum Elementary School Parent Teachers Association. Meetings are held at 7:30 p.m. every Thursday at the school.
Information: Scoutmaster Butch LaWall, 410-636-6154.
The Friendly Thyme Herb Club is accepting reservations for its herb symposium planned from 8 a.m. to 4 p.m. Sept. 14 at St. John Lutheran Church, 300 W. Maple Road in Linthicum. "You Use Herbs for What?" is the theme for the all-day event that will include speakers, herbal presentations and an herbal lunch. The cost is $35.
Registration: Renee Bivans, 410-551-9409, or send e-mail to firstname.lastname@example.org.
The herb club will conduct its regular monthly meeting Friday at Ferndale-Linthicum Senior Center, 7205 Baltimore & Annapolis Blvd. The meeting is to begin at 10 a.m., after a social at 9:15 a.m. The business meeting will include finalizing plans for the symposium.
Information: Erika Burke, 410-766-5520.
News business is topic
Mark Miller, news director of WBAL Radio, will discuss the news business at 1 p.m. Thursday during a meeting of Linthicum Chapter No. 2244 of the AARP at St. John Lutheran Church, Maple and Hammonds Ferry roads.
On the agenda for the business meeting will be a discussion of the Harvest Festival, on Oct. 3. The nominating committee will seek candidates to complete the slate of officers and directors for the chapter's election in November.
Doors will open at 10:30 a.m., and the hospitality committee is seeking help in setting up chairs. Refreshments will be served before the meeting. The board will meet at 11:30 a.m.
9/11 prayer service
Everyone is welcome to attend a prayer service at St. Christopher's Episcopal Church at 7 p.m. Sept. 11. An hour of prayer, meditation and singing will be held to remember those who died in the terrorist attacks and who gave their lives to save others. A dedication will also be made in remembrance and in vigilance of prayer for all whose lives have been touched by war, terrorism and violence.
St. Christopher's Episcopal Church is at 116 Marydell Road in Linthicum.