County Executive John Leopold Salutes the Contributions of Local Scouts
Annapolis, Maryland (January 13, 2010) - County Executive John R. Leopold today honored local Boy Scouts and Girl Scouts for their significant contributions to the County’s park system. Throughout 2009, twenty-four scouts supervised hundreds of volunteers and devoted thousands of hours on community projects that enhance County parks.
“I commend the initiative and leadership skills these young men and women demonstrated to complete their projects,” said County Executive Leopold. “Their efforts made a distinct difference in our park system and improved the quality of life for all Anne Arundel County residents. It is my hope that the County and our local scouts will continue to enjoy this productive partnership for many years to come.”
The scouts organized friends and families to assist in their endeavors. They also sought donations from local businesses to cover the cost of materials and supplies.
Patrick Owens earned the Boy Scouts’ William T. Hornaday badge, presented “for distinguished service in natural resource conservation” for removing the invasive Tree of Heaven (Ailanthus altissima) and Japanese Stilt Grass (Microstegium vimineum) from the forest at Jug Bay Wetlands Sanctuary.
To earn their Silver Award, Girl Scouts Emmett Carstens and Kaitlin Creamer planted milkweed (Asclepias syriaca), trumpet-creeper (Campsis radicans) and angel-pod (Matelia caroliniensis) in the meadow of Jug Bay Wetlands Sanctuary. They also created informational signs and a notebook to educate the public on native vines.
The majority of scout projects were created to attain the rank of Eagle Scout, the pinnacle of any boy’s scouting career. Nationally only 4% of all Boy Scouts earn the award. In 2009, twenty-two Boy Scouts achieved the rank of Eagle Scout by successfully completing projects within Anne Arundel County parks.
The Department of Recreation and Parks welcomes proposals for similar projects from other scout and community groups. Contact them at (410) 222-7317 for additional information.
Congratulations to the following Eagle Scout Projects completed within the County park system in 2009:
Alex Aiello erected ten bird houses and two large bird feeders in the Downs Park meadows.
John Percivall created a nature trail and installed sigs in General’s Hwy Corridor Park.