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Trent Michael Herzog and Timothy Jay Kieber of Boy Scout Troop 427 were awarded the rank of Eagle Scout at a court of honor ceremony held May 4 at Our Lady Star of the Sea in Solomons.
Herzog and Kieber began scouting in Cub Scouts, earning the Arrow of Light, the highest award in Cub Scouting, before moving up to Boy Scouts, a press release states.
To earn the rank of Eagle, a scout must complete requirements for each of the six different ranks of Boy Scouts and earn the 12 required merit badges and at least nine elective merit badges. They must also serve in troop leadership positions for a total of 16 months, spend at least 13 hours on service projects and perform an Eagle Scout Leadership Service Project. In all, a scout must complete at least 325 requirements, according to the release.
Herzog earned 21 merit badges and held the leadership positions of patrol leader and troop guide. He participated in many campouts and service projects. He completed two backpacking trips to Philmont Scout Ranch in Cimarron, N.M., hiking over 50 miles each time, including reaching the 12,445-foot summit of Mt. Baldy. He also mountain biked 153 miles on the Chesapeake and Ohio Canal towpath.
Kieber earned 36 merit badges and held the leadership positions of assistant patrol leader, patrol leader, troop scribe, troop guide and historian. He participated in winter survival, canoeing and summer camps. He also earned the World Conservation Award and participated in many community service projects. He plans to attend the Sailing Adventure Program in the Florida Keys this summer.
Herzog and Kieber are members of the Order of the Arrow, the national honor society of the Boy Scouts of America.
Herzog’s Eagle Scout project consisted of supervising a crew of volunteers in the remediation of a stormwater retention system at Patuxent Presbyterian Church in May 2013. The church’s system was found to be noncompliant with Maryland environmental regulations. His project corrected multiple deficiencies by clearing silt and removing weeds, small tress and other invasive growth in the drainage beds. A total of 98 man-hours were spent by Herzog and his crew of 29 volunteers to complete the project.
Kieber’s Eagle Scout project involved refurbishing the Colonial Herb Garden at Hollywood Elementary School to make it a usable outdoor classroom. It was originally constructed by his third-grade class. His project included weeding the eight 5-by-5-foot herb boxes, trimming herbs, transplanting herbs to their correct location, reframing the boxes, weeding the pathways and mulching pathways. His project took 117 hours and 28 participants to complete.
Herzog is a junior at Patuxent High School the son of Scott and Holly Herzog of Lusby. Kieber is a junior at Leonardtown High School and the son of Mike and Carol Kieber of Mechanicsville. Both scouts are honor roll students.