Ten members of Boy Scout Troop 92 of Colora will be honored for earning the rank of Eagle Scout.
Having 10 members of a troop earn their Eagle Scout badge at the same time is very rare, Troop 92 scoutmaster Martin Summers said.
Nine out of 10 being recognized Saturday started scouting in the first grade and seven have been together all 12 years of scouting.
Including Colyn Bicking, Troop 92 had 11 members earn the Eagle Scout rank in 2014. Caleb Ulrich and Devin Colflesh of Troop 92 earned their Eagle Scout badge in 2013.
"They came up together and advanced at the same rate," said Summers, who earned his Eagle Scout badge in 1992.
"The advancement slowed for a couple years but when they started getting closer to their 18th birthday (the deadline) they started banging out their projects."
In addition to Summers, advancement chairman Joe Jedlowski and assistant scoutmaster Bill Cox also earned their Eagle badge.
Troop 92 was started by Richard and Hazel Jenkins with a Cub Scout pack and in 1952 and a Boy Scout troop the following year.
"I know Hazel is looking down on us and smiling," Summers said.
Summers' son, Matt, is one of the 10 Eagle Scouts being honored Saturday. He says the experience has "solidified" the friendship of the group.
Echoed Andy O'Neill, who joined the troop in the fifth grade, "Our friendship has grown after going through this together. Some of us have gone off to college and even if we are all separated, this is a huge life experience that connects us."
"Everyone contributed to help everyone else's project," said Austin Gorrell. Four months before his 18th birthday, he didn't even have an idea for his project, but with the help of the others, completed the job in time.
Added William McGuigan, "We had to work together to get to this point."
The 10 who will be honored Saturday:
• William McGuigan - A senior at Rising Sun High, his project was to paint 67 parking lot lines at Mount Pleasant Methodist Church in Colora. He plans to attend college and study education and math.
• Joseph Gorrell - A 2014 graduate of Rising Sun High, he is attending UMBC with a history education major. His project created a trail including benches at the Community Center in Rising Sun.
• Matthew Summers - A 2014 graduate of Rising Sun High, he aspires to be a Maryland State Trooper. His project was an outdoor classroom at Bay View Elementary School.
• Andrew O'Neill - A 2014 graduate of Perryville High School, he attended UMBC majoring in IT. He repaired the porch and entrance way at the Mary Randall House in Elkton, a shelter that helps homeless people.
• John Jedlowski - A 2014 North East High School graduate, he attends Iona College in New Rochelle, N.Y., majoring in computer science. He built six boxes for donations for the residents of Perry Point VA Medical Cener. Donations were for hygiene products, card games and other supplies that would have not otherwise been affordable to residents. Boxes were installed in six local churches and continue to provide donations.
• Nicholas Holtman - A 2014 graduate of Rising Sun High School, he attends Cecil College. He built a sports backstop at RSHS which will be used for tennis, soccer, field hockey, and lacrosse.
• Tyler Blevins - A senior at Perryville High who attends the Cecil County School of Technology, he re-landscaped parking areas and painted the bathroom at Rising Sun Church of the Nazarene.
• Bailey Ingersoll - A 2014 graduate of Rising Sun High, he attends Salisbury University where he studies biology and environmental studies. He widened and improved the mile-long trail around Conowingo Park and built and installed birdhouses throughout the park.
• Billy Bernero - A 2014 graduate of Rising Sun High, he attends St. Mary's. He built an educational trunk to provide hands-on materials for presidential studies in support of the Highlands School in Bel Air.
• Robert Perry - A senior at Rising Sun High, he painted and repaired the baseball/kickball field at Conowingo Elementary School.