Matthew J Koebel of Boy Scouts of America Troop 347 from Port Republic, was recently elevated to Eagle Scout at an Eagle Scout Court of Honor on Saturday, April 23. A Calvert County high school senior, Koebel planned and constructed a boardwalk for the Master Gardeners Demonstration Garden at the Community Resource Building in Prince Frederick. The Eagle Scout Court of Honor was held at the Community Resource Building to commemorate Koebel’s contribution to the community. Among special guests were Senator Thomas V. Mike Miller, Jr., Delegate Mark Fisher, Calvert County Sheriff Mike Evans, and from the Board of County Commissioners, Commissioners Evan Slaugenhoupt, Pat Nutter, Steve Weems, and Scout Ambassador and former commissioner Linda Kelley.
Boy Scouts work to earn advancements throughout their time as a scout. Eagle Scout is the highest rank achievable, pledging to honor the traits that Boy Scouts of America stand for, including citizenship, leadership, and positive influence on their community. Mr. Kevin Nelson, Scoutmaster of Troop 347, presented Koebel with his Eagle Badge. Nelson remarked that Koebel has a “high level of leadership and skills,” all due to his dedication to the troop. Koebel was elevated to a position of Senior Patrol in the troop, which he credits as something that has kept him engaged in Boy Scouts and focused on achieving Eagle Scout status. Nelson also says that Koebel exemplifies the conditions of the scout law: “They say a scout is helpful, and that is true of Matthew.” Koebel was given his Eagle Badge, then following, he recognized his parents and those who supported his Eagle Scout project, such as the Calvert Garden Club and Calvert Environmental Trust for Youth.
Elected officials joined the Koebel family and Troop 347 in celebrating Koebel’s transition to Eagle Scout. Maryland State Senator Thomas V. Mike Miller, Jr. presented Koebel with something he called “practical,” a hickory walking stick. Both Delegate Mark Fisher and Senator Miller presented Koebel with Official Proclamations from the Maryland State Senate and House of Delegates, respectively. Fisher expressed that he thinks organizations that emphasize community service are important “in looking toward the new generation.” Calvert County Commissioners acknowledged Matthew Koebel’s Eagle Scout project for its thoughtfulness to the needs of Calvert County. “On behalf of Calvert’s citizens, I want to say thank you for your project,” Commissioner Steve Weems said on the garden boardwalk. Ambassador to Scouting Linda Kelley presented the new Eagle Scout with a Calvert County flag.
Koebel planned and implemented, with over 270 hours of labor and development to complete the structure.
Alexya Brown / Calvert Beacon Intern