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How It All Began

Mr. John Carpenter

The history of Troop 729 begins with Mr. John Carpenter.  In 1972, he was asked by the pastor of Brown Memorial Woodbrook Church, Dr. Iain Wilson, to start a troop.  As he remembers it, Dr. Wilson said, "John, we don't have a Boy Scout troop -- and I want you to start one."  And he did. 

In 1975, Mr. Carpenter's eldest son became the first young man in Troop 729 to achieve Boy Scouting's highest ranking - Eagle Scout, and in 1982, Mr. Carpenter's youngest son would do the same. 

Forty years later, Mr. Carpenter is still active in the troop he helped to found and has seen many boys -- too many to name -- develop and grow into outstanding citizens. 

Scoutmaster Emeritus / ASM Iglesias

Scoutmaster Emeritus Pace


Meet Mr. Bob Pace

729's AWESOME Scoutmaster Emeritus!

Being born and having grown up in Michigan, Mr. Pace was surrounded by perfect places to start his scouting adventures. From these times, he learned many life skills, did lots of camping, and had fun. Mr. Pace enjoyed his college days at Michigan State University, graduating with a B.A. in Accounting in 1963. Bob and Angie were married soon after graduation and before he entered the U.S. Army for three years.

Upon getting out of the Army, he went to work for General Motors in Pontiac, Michigan, was then sent to Baltimore for 11 years, then back to Michigan, and onto Chicago. After 27 years, he went to work for a GMC dealer west of Chicago where he worked for 14 years before retiring and returning to Baltimore.

Mr. Pace returned to Baltimore because he and Angie like it here, and in order to be closer to their oldest daughter, Amy. It wasn't long after getting to Baltimore that Mr. Pace began assisting with their grandson, Michael, and Troop 729. Four years ago, he was asked to become an Assistant Scoutmaster and became Scoutmaster in March 2012.

Mr. Pace says, "I am very blessed to be able to be involved with the Boy Scouts of America, especially with the scouts of Troop 729." "During our journey through life, we have managed to raise 5 children - and now have 9 grandchildren - and I am very proud of each of them," Mr. Pace says.

Thank you, Mr. Pace!


Scoutmaster Emeitus Thierer

Meet Mr. Jim Thierer, 729's AWESOME Scoutmaster Emeitus! Mr. Thierer celebrated his 5th year as Scoutmaster of 729 in 2010.  He is the youngest of 7 children and was a Boy Scout himself.  Prior to taking the position of Scoutmaster, he was the Cubmaster of Pack 352.  Mr. Thierer is so dedicated to scouting that he has stayed on as a Scoutmaster even after his oldest son achieved Eagle and graduated.   He is an avid outdoorsman,  loves scouting, and helping each boy and adult leader achieve their unique potential.   Thank you, Mr. Thierer!

Bonnie Houseman

Scoutmaster 2003 - 2004 (1 year)

Jon "Eric" Aumann (Sr.)

Committee Chairman 2003 -

Vince Nesline

1994 to 2004

Scoutmaster 2001-2003 (1-1/2 years)

Dan Haapala

Scoutmaster 1997 - 2001

Gary Chenoweth

Committee Chairman 1993 - 2002

John Kessel

Scoutmaster 1992 - 1997

Holliday H. Obrecht Jr.

Scoutmaster of Boy Scout Troop 729 at Brown Memorial Presbyterian Church in Woodbrook from 1981 to 1988.  

Kelly, Jacques. The Baltimore Sun; Baltimore, Md. [Baltimore, Md]08 Sep 2009: A.14

Robert A. Stockbridge

Mr. Stockbridge had been a member of the Brown Memorial Woodbrook Presbyterian Church, He served as a deacon. He also was Scoutmaster and member of the troop committee for Boy Scout Troop 729.

He had been a Scout in his youth in Troop 57 at the Hunting Ridge Presbyterian Church, where he became an Eagle Scout and later served as Scoutmaster.

The Sun; Baltimore, Md. [Baltimore, Md]25 Apr 1993: 5B.