Scouting News : LAH Scouts earn Eagle rank

Chet and Jay Bhateja

Los Altos Hills twins Chet and Jay Bhateja, members of Troop 57 in Palo Alto, earned the rank of Eagle Scout June 28.

Chet completed 35 merit badges and was awarded an Eagle with two Palms, while Jay completed 36 merit badges and received an Eagle with three Palms.

For his Eagle project, Chet built and painted wooden benches for students outside the library at Hoover Elementary School in Palo Alto.

For his project, Jay built redwood planter boxes to help children learn about plants at the Hoover after-school day care, Hoover Kids Club.

Over their six years in the troop, each of the boys hiked more than 200 miles, camped out 47 nights and spent summers at Camp Oljato and Camp Emerald Bay. They participated in the Northern Tier High Adventure in Atikokan, Canada, canoeing and portaging more than 100 miles in five days.

The brothers also served in a number of troop leadership positions, including senior patrol leader and troop guide (Jay) and assistant senior patrol leader and troop webmaster (Chet).

As Cub Scouts, Chet and Jay were members of Pack 57 in Palo Alto, where they earned their Arrow of Light and were Pinewood Derby racers. During three years in the pack, they raised in excess of $27,000 through popcorn sales, for which they each received the Spirit of Akela award, the highest award in Cub Scouts.

The twins are rising seniors at BASIS Independent Silicon Valley in San Jose.

For more information on Troop 57, visit

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