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A PROFILE OF BOY SCOUTS AT PINEWOOD

KENDALL COOK

STAFF WRITER

   In 1910, W.D. Boyce, Edgar Robinson, and Lee Hammer founded the
Boy Scouts of America. They sought
to inspire young men to become
productive and independent. No one
expected the impact their organization would have. Just over 100 years
later, the Boy Scouts have a massive
scope of influence — more than 2.5
million boys serve today. At Pinewood, several students like juniors Kevin Duan and Jameson Welch have also joined
their ranks.

   With their troops, Welch and Duan went to Camp Oljato, camped, and
completed numerous service projects.
They learned about their communities
and the infinite ways they can assist in improving it. With this knowledge,
set their sights on Eagle Scout — the highest position given by the Boy Scouts
of America.

   To attain the rank, scouts must serve
as an active Life Scout for six months,
live by the Scout Oath and Scout Law, and earn 21 merit badges.

   Duan is about two weeks away
from attaining the prestigious Eagle
Scout title, with one more badge
to earn and between 350 and 400
hours of community service, while
Welch recently became an Eagle Scout after four years of participating as a
Boy Scout.

   Another requirement for aspiring Eagle Scouts is to complete an Eagle Scout Service Project. The purpose of this project is to demonstrate the Boy Scout’s leadership skills as well as benefit his
local community.

   For his Eagle project, Duan wants to
collaborate with the rangers at Foothills Park in Los Altos Hills. Welch already completed his Eagle project in October
of 2014.

   “I hosted a bike safety clinic for [15] elementary school children and taught them safety on bikes and how to stop and turn,” Welch said, “it took 82 hours of service in preparation and completion.”

   To receive a badge, scouts must demonstrate proficiency in activities like first aid, cooking, life saving, environmental science, and personal fitness.

   “The hardest merit badges were cooking and environmental science just because they were tedious and a waste of time,” Welch said.

   Duan also agreed that the cooking badge was among the hardest to earn.

   “The worst part about it is that you have to cook a bunch of meals outside on a trail and at home,” Duan said.

   Besides having the privilege of putting this distinguished rank on their
college applications, Boy Scouts learn life lessons and the importance of
serving their communities. Scouts provide important services to their
communities, and in the process become honest and thoughtful members
of society.

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