A member of the Mountain View Buddhist Temple-sponsored Boy Scout Troop 87 recently earned the rank of Eagle Scout, the highest achievement in Boy Scouts.
Paul D. Young of Sunnyvale, son of Renee and Rick Young, served under the leadership of Scoutmaster Jeff Sato. He began his Scouting career as a 5-year-old Tiger Cub in Pack 462, transferred to Pack 87 and continued up the ranks to achieve the Arrow of Light – the highest Cub Scout award – before bridging to Troop 87.
During his time as a Boy Scout, Young held several positions of responsibility, including assistant patrol leader, den chief and fire-building instructor.
To earn the rank of Eagle Scout, participants must earn at least 21 merit badges – Young has 30 – and demonstrate leadership and community service by organizing and executing an Eagle project.
For his Eagle Project, Young collected more than 25 boxes of art supplies to donate to Gatepath, a nonprofit organization that serves children, teens and adults with special needs and developmental disabilities in the Bay Area.
Gatepath will use the supplies for hands-on projects in art classes for youth with disabilities including autism spectrum disorder. Young himself benefited from programs at Gatepath and wanted to give back to the organization.
Under Young’s direction, both Scouts and adult volunteers worked on the 120-hour-long project.
Young, 18, graduated last year from Homestead High School. He currently attends vocational classes in automotive repair at Silicon Valley Career Technical Education in San Jose.
A ceremony honoring Young and troopmates Jimmy Sato and Charlie Bonini is scheduled in March at the Mountain View Buddhist Temple.
“I would like to thank everyone who participated in my Eagle project,” Young said. “It was really kind (of them) to show up and care. I never would’ve imagined that I would get this far. With all the support from my friends and family, I was able to accomplish my Eagle.”