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  • Cutty McGrath completed his Eagle Scout service project this summer when Troop 993 finished building a much-needed trailhead kiosk at the Severn Run Natural Environmental Area located off Veterans Highway in Millersville.
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    Cutty McGrath completed his Eagle Scout service project this summer when Troop 993 finished building a much-needed trailhead kiosk at the Severn Run Natural Environmental Area located off Veterans Highway in Millersville.

Cutty McGrath Reaches Rank Of Eagle Scout

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January 10, 2018

Henry Thomas “Cutty” McGrath III, along with fellow scouts Steven Andrew Engel and Noah Harris Foxson from Troop 993 in Severna Park, received his Eagle Scout Award at a Court of Honor ceremony on December 30 at Severna Park United Methodist Church.

McGrath has been an active participant in Troop 993; he participated in numerous Boy Scouts of America (BSA) summer activities at Camp Spencer, Sea Base, and in 2015, he completed a 100-mile hiking trip at the BSA camp in Philmont, New Mexico. He earned 31 merit badges and held several leadership positions within the troop. McGrath was the first from his class of entering scouts into Troop 993 to be elected to the Order of the Arrow. McGrath has completed numerous service projects over the years and assisted many fellow Troop 993 scouts with their Eagle projects over the past three years.

McGrath, along with several friends, joined Cub Scout Pack 855 as a Tiger when he was in first grade. When he was 10-years-old, McGrath moved through the ranks and became a Weblo Scout in fifth grade with the same friends, seven of whom went through the Arrow of Light Crossover ceremony into Boy Scout Troop 993. Three of these seven former Cub Scouts have now attained the Eagle rank.

Returning home from Philmont, McGrath wrote about this experience for a sophomore high school paper, saying, “Philmont was probably the most stimulating experience of my life so far.” He went on to describe the teamwork required to complete the very challenging Philmont Scout Ranch trip. “Even with all the miserably rainy conditions, it was all pale in comparison to the enjoyment we had as a crew and the sights we were able to see. The top of Mount Baldy brought tears to our eyes. From 12,441 feet in the air, the sight was endless, as all around, lush green valleys and striking mountaintops dotted the horizon. As a team, we reached more with each other’s support than we ever believed.”

With the support of his fellow Troop 993 scouts, McGrath completed his Eagle Scout service project this summer when the crew finished building a much-needed trailhead kiosk at the Severn Run Natural Environmental Area located off Veterans Highway in Millersville. The Severn Run Natural Environmental Area consists of 1,600 protected acres of remote hiking trails at the headwaters of the Severn River.

McGrath and his mother first conceived of the idea of a service project in the Severn Run Natural Environmental Area while hiking in this Maryland state park when he was 13 years old. Over the course of several years, McGrath worked with three successive park rangers as his original proposal for performing trail maintenance evolved into an Eagle service project that consisted of designing and constructing a park information kiosk for the Brown Property trailhead was finally approved by the state park in 2016.

McGrath wrote of the leadership challenges on his Eagle project, “I was the focal point for the entire project, questions, concerns and the final checkoff for the parts. The volunteers came to me as the first and the final point to direct questions. As I had spent so much time designing the project, I was well equipped to guide them through the assembly process. The logistical side of the project demanded I become an efficient and effective leader, organizing all the people who were involved in my project, while getting the equipment and work space prepared made me become a multitasker, quick thinker and dependable leader.”

McGrath has spent the last two summers working full time as a pool lifeguard. This summer, he plans to coach at a sailing camp in the Bay Area. McGrath has also been active in Severna Park High School as a member of the sailing club, Model UN, marching band and the jazz band. Last spring, he competed successfully for a place on the Anne Arundel All-County Jazz Band. He has also had several roles in high school drama productions and this fall was selected to direct the one-act play “Cheating Death” by Kamron Klitgaard, which will be performed on Friday, January 12, in the Severna Park High School auditorium. McGrath plans to attend college in fall 2018, and he hopes to spend one year of his college career studying in England.


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