CUMBERLAND — Eighteen boys left Cumberland on July 4, 1958, to travel by train to Philmont Scout Ranch in Cimarron, N.M., for a two-week adventure of a lifetime. Fifty-five years later, 10 men of Explorer Post 10 reunited at the Antietam National Battlefield in Sharpsburg on April 27.
The men came from Kentucky, New York, New Jersey, Pennsylvania and Maryland to attend the reunion. Among those in attendance were Arthur J. Williamson, Richard S. Tosh, George V. “Vic” Reuschlein, Kenneth A. Moreland, Danny L. Moreland, Selden “Bucky” H. Harris III, brothers Wayne A. DeHart and Lynn W. DeHart, Morton S. Cozad and William “Bill” D. Claus.
The men enjoyed listening to each other present a brief synopsis of their lives during the past 55 years. “We were just like 15-year-old kids again. We relived so many memories and we should have been doing this a long time ago,” DeHart of Cumberland said.
The former Scouts also reminisced on the passing of their two Scout leaders, Ken Stone and Bob Moreland, as well as the passing of fellow Scouts Albert Jack Tosh, David E. Stone, Ronald C. Gilchrist, Elmer T. Beachley and Steven L. Curry. Due to other obligations, Earl L. “Lou” Shinnamon, Thomas A. Lowery and Hugh S. Bishop were unable to attend.
Williamson conducted a tour of the battlefield and then brought everyone to his home to view old photos of the trip, which were collected and arranged on a laptop by DeHart and Claus. The day concluded with dinner at Dan’s Restaurant and Tap Room in Boonsboro.
“It was an enjoyable time and we didn’t want to go home at the end of the day,” DeHart said of the reunion. All the men agreed that it was a rich, rewarding experience to recall the events of their adventure, he said.
Dehart said the experience in Philmont “changed our lives” and that having to go through the backpacking and high elevations together taught them a lot about life on the trail. “We left Cumberland as boys and came back as men,” he said.
During the reunion, the men agreed that Scouting creates relationships that last a lifetime. DeHart said the organization “develops character and develops a sense of service to family, friends and nation.”