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Welcome to Troop 729!





I have been involved in Scouting for several decades and feel that it is one of the most worthwhile programs in which young people can participate.  I owe a great deal of my success in life to the training and experiences in that I received as a Boy Scout.     

I started my Scouting “career” as a Cub Scout, advancing through Webelos and bridging to Boy Scouts.  As a Boy Scout, I enjoyed camping, backpacking, canoeing, white water rafting, orienteering, and pioneering.  During this time I served my troop as quartermaster, patrol leader, senior patrol leader, and bugler.  I attained the rank of Eagle Scout at Troop 174 in Newville, PA.

                        SM Doug Williams hiking in Eagle River, AK
After high school, I attended Penn State University, graduating with a B.S. Degree in Business Management. I then joined the Air Force to pursue my passion for flying.  I served for over 30 years flying C-130 aircraft, traveling all over the globe.  During this time I commanded a flying squadron and an air operations squadron, retiring at the rank of colonel.  Along the way I earned my M.S. degree from Shippensburg University in Information Systems and my Ph.D. in Adult Education through Capella University. 

I am currently the Aviation Program Director for the Community College of Baltimore County, where I enjoy mentoring young people to become aviation professionals as pilots, air traffic controllers, aircraft dispatchers, flight attendants or airport and airline managers.

I proudly assumed the role of Troop 729’s Scoutmaster in November, 2017 after serving as a Den Leader for 4 years and Assistant Scoutmaster for 3 years as my son Evan advanced through Cub Scouts and Boy Scouts.  

Troop 729 is a Scout-led troop where the Scouts operate autonomously in patrols.  They are expected to plan, prepare, and lead themselves with adult guidance and oversight.  As Scoutmaster, I am extremely lucky to be working with an experienced and dedicated group of adult leaders, committee members, and parents.     

If you are considering joining a Scouts BSA (formerly Boy Scouts of America) troop, I invite you to check us out!

Yours in Scouting,

Doug Williams, SM, T-729
dwlliamsbsa@gmail.com







Welcome to Troop 1729!



Growing up in the Piedmont of North Carolina, the daughter of a proud BSA scout leader, I understood from an early age the deep value that the scouting curriculum offers young people. I enjoyed my early days as a GirlScout, but did not have access to a program that embraced the great outdoors and challenged us to learn the skills necessary to appreciate and thrive in nature. As an undergraduate Teaching Fellow at UNC Chapel Hill, I took every opportunity I could get to explore the many state and national parks North Carolina had to offer, learning essential survival and camping skills along the way.

 

Teaching for five years in public high schools in North Carolina and then Maryland, I cherished working with teenagers, watching them grow into young adults as they faced, then overcame life’s many challenges. My husband and I moved to rural Bangladesh for almost a decade, where I continued to teach while he engaged in Public Health research for Johns Hopkins. We were privileged to explore so many places on the planet, from the jungles of Borneo to the Ardennes forests in Belgium, rapidly learning to embrace not only the spectacular diversity of the Earth, but also its people and cultures. We returned to Maryland in 2008, two young kids in tow, who we rapidly entered into Scouting programs. This year will mark my 10th year serving in various leadership capacities of an organization I love and respect deeply.

 

Beginning with the responsibility of Den Leader and Committee Chair for Pack 828 in Lutherville, I gradually took on increasing responsibilities for the pack which was undergoing major transitions and growth – culminating as Unit Commissioner for Baltimore Area Council. As our younger daughter aged into the Girl Scout program, I took on the role of co-Troop leader for Girl Scout Troop 10175 for five years. Over the past two years, the excitement and enthusiastic support I’ve received as we’ve transitioned to Scouts BSA has been unparalleled. The warm welcome from Troop 729 has been exceptional, as the young women who have set their sights on earning the coveted Eagle Rank have felt supported and encouraged to “do their best” and live the Scout Law – as future leaders of our country, and the World. Supported by an outstanding team of Assistant Scoutmasters, parents and experienced leaders of Troop 729, we embark on this historic journey – blazing a trail for young men AND women, going forward, to advance through the ranks of scouting – facing challenges, confronting their limits and breaking through them to become the best people they can be – forged in the crucible of Scouting. I look forward to the privilege of serving the Troop, the community we live in, and the young women who want to have the Scouting experience. Scout Me In!


Yours in Scouting spirit,


Kimberly Labrique

klabrique@gmail.com