Eight Boy Scouts from Los Altos Troop 30 received their Eagle rank May 20.
The promotion to Eagle rank followed years of work on leadership, community service and personal development.
Historically, Eagle Scouts have gone on to become presidents, astronauts and business leaders. Attaining the Eagle designation requires a final project, completed with help from other Scouts. Consistent with the Boy Scout principle “to help other people at all times,” the project must benefit the community.
The new Eagles Scouts and their projects:
• Brian Chao designed a computer application for the Moffett Field Museum and stocked the application with details on more than 50 historical airplanes. His new software features a touchscreen interface, enabling guests to experience an enriched, interactive learning environment and a more engaging visit.
• Ryan McCauley renovated a garden for a preschool after a car crash caused substantial damage. He built new redwood vegetable planter boxes with integrated benches, refurbished the damaged ones and relocated water plumbing to a more central place.
The project enhances students’ fun, learning and environmental awareness.
• Eric Mow organized an Autism Awareness Day at Parents Helping Parents, a nonprofit organization that serves parents with special-needs children. His project included the screening of a documentary on the journey of children with autism pursuing competitive swimming.
He also donated child-friendly “sensory bins” for use in the play groups.
• Gage Rodriguez gathered and refurbished dozens of old work tools to donate to the Day Worker Center of Mountain View, including pickaxes, shovels, hammers, screwdrivers and a wheelbarrow. Day workers can now perform many more jobs, and the old tools will not just be dumped into landfills.
• Braydon Ross relandscaped one side of the Moffett Field Museum, including terracing and installing a new French drain to provide a maintenance-free service and welcoming appearance for visitors. Ross organized a live jazz performance outside a local Safeway to raise funds.
• Arjun Singla designed, organized and ran a basketball camp for middle schoolers. The camp, attended by 16 students, took place over a weekend for three hours each day. Singla developed the schedule, drills and roster, and did the marketing. He also recruited his basketball teammates to help with coaching.
• Andrew Shieh created 17 new portable display screens for Fairmeadow Elementary School. The screens are used as backdrops for student-run performances such as plays and musicals. The existing seven backdrops were falling apart and proved too large to be efficiently moved, set up and stored.
• Aidan Slusser built a split-rail fence for Redwood Grove Nature Preserve in Los Altos. The 100-foot fence, made of red cedar wood, borders an existing pedestrian path through the park and keeps park-goers on the proper path and out of the nature preservation zones, thus protecting native plant species and preventing erosion.
For more information on Troop 30, visit troopwebhost.org/troop30losaltos.