Our congratulations to Bishop McNamara High School Junior David Korendyke on recently achieving the rank of Eagle Scout. David, pictured here on the right, is a member of Troop 1572 at St. Mary's of Piscataway in Clinton, Maryland. He is an honors student at BMHS, with multiple A.P. and Honors Classes, Honors Wind Ensemble, and Digital Art, while enjoying activities in his spare time like the Anime Culture Club, Disney Club, Science & Ecology Explorers Club and Upper Room "Youth for Christ" Club.
For his Eagle Project, David knew he wanted an environmental project with a long-term impact on his community. In January 2016, the Broad Creek Conservancy purchased 73 acres of woodland, called the Broad Creek Woods, across from St. John's Episcopal Church in Fort Washington. Together with the Maryland Environmental Trust, the Conservancy has ensured this property will be permanently protected from development. David's project was to mark the boundaries of the property and to post No Trespassing signs to prevent interference by squatters, hunters, and others. In preparation for the project, David needed to meet with the Conservancy representative several times to walk the boundaries and practice placing the paint and signs in conformity with state rules, as well as preparing maps and work party kits.
The work day was on Saturday, October 8, 2016, and 15 Scouts and friends showed up to form work parties. Each work party had a bucket of blue boundary paint, brush, string, signs, map, and trash bags, and were responsible for marking a designated stretch of the perimeter. They also picked up trash as they went. Six hours later, the work was complete and the trash bags were full.
This property had been one of the proposed sites for the MGM Casino, and helping to preserve this woodland adjacent to the Broad Creek Historic District will be beneficial to the Fort Washington area for years to come.