Eagle Scout Michael Lipperini, center, with his parents, Keri and Michael.

Prince Frederick, MD – Back in April, TheBayNet.com reported on an Eagle Scout project a Calvert County resident and Leonard Hall Junior Naval Academy (LHJNA) student was conducting. Michael Lipperini of Prince Frederick organized a local drive on behalf of For the Love of a Veteran, a 501(c) (3) charitable organization based in Hanover, PA. It is the organization’s mission to support homeless veterans, military families and deployed troops. The latter group receives the organization’s support in the form of care packages. Lipperini’s project involved the placement of 10 drop boxes in Calvert and St. Mary’s counties so that individuals could donate a variety of items—everything from long underwear and T-shirts to coffee and toothpaste.

Lipperini, a member of Scout Troop 347 of Port Republic, set as his goal 50 care packages. He ended up with enough items for over 60 packages.

On Saturday, Oct. 6, Lipperini’s Eagle Scout Court of Honor was held at Trinity United Methodist Church in Prince Frederick. Troop 347 Scoutmaster Tom Breske told the large audience that Lipperini’s project “provided critical support” to the servicemen and women overseas who go without necessities and staples for months. Breske also noted that Lipperini’s career as a Scout has been highlighted by his mastering of skills in camping, fishing, mapping, gun safety, survivor skills and even adobe-building.

“It’s so easy to gloat about someone so kind and loving,” declared LHJNA Headmistress Susan Wisnieski, during brief remarks she made during the ceremony.
Local officials were also on-hand for the ceremony. Calvert County Commissioner Steve Weems presented Lipperini with a proclamation and had him sign Commissioner Pat Nutter’s book, Four Percent, which is a listing of signatures of Eagle Scouts board members have encountered over the past eight years. Calvert County Assistant Sheriff Lt. Colonel Dave McDowell presented Lipperini with a “Sheriff’s Salute.” The region’s newest Eagle Scout also received citations from Governor Larry Hogan and Maryland Senate President Mike Miller.

Lipperini’s parents—Keri and Michael—are military veterans. The new Eagle Scout thanked them, his friends, fellow scouts, academy classmates and all who contributed to his project. He said afterwards that he has no firm plans for what he will be doing after he graduates from LHJNA next spring.

To read the original story about Michael Lipperini’s Eagle Scout project, click here.

To learn more about For Love of a Veteran, click here.

Contact Marty Madden at marty.madden@thebaynet.com