To our readers,

The COVID-19 pandemic is a once-in-a-century type story, ... Click here to continue

Eagle Scouts from Warren have their Court of Honor

By Staff | Feb 25, 2016
Medomak Valley High School students Christopher Shelmerdine, left, 16, and Kyle Blum, 18, both of Warren, were promoted to the rank of Eagle Scout this weekend. They are members of Boy Scout Troop 254.

Rockland — Not one, but two young men from Warren were honored for their achievement in reaching the rank of Eagle Scout over the weekend.

Christopher Shelmerdine, 16, and Kyle Blum, 18, both members of Boy Scout Troop 254 in Warren and students at Medomak Valley High School, were honored by friends, family members, fellow scouts and even local lawmakers in Court of Honor ceremonies held at the Rockland Lodge of Elks.

Christopher Shelmerdine

Shelmerdine's court was held Saturday and about 100 were in attendance. Sen. Dave Miramant presented him with a Legislative Sentiment that the House and Senate give out to acknowledge achievement of note by citizens.

Shelmerdine started in the scouts as a first-grade Tiger Cub and holds a dual membership in Sea Scout Ship 243 and Troop 254. He has held many leadership roles and participated in community service, including projects in parks and trails, flag retirement for veterans' graves, the Scouting for Food program, serving as an elf for the Jingle Bell Express and Wreaths Across America.

He has served as an aquatics instructor at Camp Hinds, teaching canoeing, kayaking and swimming.

For his Eagle project, he worked with the Payson Park Committee and built two wooden teepees at Payson Park in Warren. They stand more than nine feet tall, constructed of cedar with maple top centerpieces. The project took about 104 hours.

He is the son of Amanda and Paul Shelmerdine.

Kyle Blum

Blum began his scouting career as a Tiger in Cub Scouts and began camping in Webelos. It was noted "there were fun moments on these trips (singing around the campfire), and not-so-fun moments, (the infamous mosquito pancakes)."

"Through it all, he continued to learn new skills, and impressed his leaders with his willingness to help out and his sense of humor," the program for his court of honor states.

Blum has held several different positions in the troop over the years: scribe, assistant patrol leader, patrol leader and senior patrol leader.

While working his way through the ranks, Blum volunteered his time to help others with their service projects, as well as helping with the troop's fundraising goals. He was among those who performed the first Troop Polar Dip.

Working toward his Eagle Scout rank, Blum has earned merit badges, including signaling, chess, music, chemistry and mammal studies.

For his Eagle project, he chose to create a nature trail for Aldersgate United Methodist Church in Rockland. The trail winds through an acre of woods behind the church, and is the first part of a larger project, which will include a meditation labyrinth and outdoor worship area.

He is the son of Patrick and Mari Blum.

Troop 254 was established 10 years ago and has already produced six Eagle Scouts. Next week, Jared Mank of the same troop will be promoted to Eagle Scout.

Sen. Dave Miramant, right, presents a Legislative Sentiment to Eagle Scout Christopher Shelmerdine of Warren Feb. 20, honoring his achievements with the Boy Scouts. (Photo by: Daniel Dunkle)
Kyle Blum, 18, of Warren, is promoted to the rank of Eagle Scout Feb. 21. (Photo by: Daniel Dunkle)
New Eagle Scout Kyle Blum of Warren, left, stands with his father, assistant Scout Master Patrick Blum, center, and Scout Master Vernon Bradeen. (Courtesy of: Mari Blum)
Eagle Scout Christopher Shelmerdine of Warren gives pins to his parents, Amanda and Paul. (Photo by: Daniel Dunkle)
Eagle Scout Christopher Shelmerdine with Scout Master Vernon Bradeen. (Photo by: Daniel Dunkle)
Candles are lit for an Eagle Scout Court of Honor Feb. 20 at the Rockland Lodge of Elks. (Photo by: Daniel Dunkle)
If you appreciated reading this news story and want to support local journalism, consider subscribing today.
Call (207) 594-4401 or join online at
Donate directly to keeping quality journalism alive at
Comments (1)
Posted by: Steven and Susan Clark | Feb 26, 2016 15:47

congratulations to both of these young men.  Quite a feat I'd say.


If you wish to comment, please login.
Note: If you signed up using our new subscriber portal, your username is the email address you registered with and your password is in all caps