Scouting News: Troop 33 honors 7 new Eagle Scouts

Courtesy of Martha Gomez
Troop 33’s new Eagle Scouts include, front row, from left: Bryan Webb, Nathan MacLeod, James Pampeyan and Nikolas Gibson. Back: Drishaan Jain, Austin Townsend and Kyle Kim.

Los Altos Boy Scout Troop 33 honored seven new Eagle Scouts at a Court of Honor ceremony Jan. 6.

The Eagle designation is the highest achievement in Scouting. To earn the Eagle rank, Scouts must complete a minimum of 21 merit badges, lead a community service project, hold troop leadership positions and perform community service.

The new Eagle Scouts and their projects:

• Nikolas Gibson, a senior at Los Altos High, designed and constructed a large backpack storage shed for the portables at Almond School in Los Altos. The shed protects 86 backpacks from the sun and inclement weather. A mural of the mascot Almond Eagle in flight is painted on one side.

• Drishaan Jain, a senior at St. Francis High, planned and executed a series of technology seminars at the Mountain View Healthcare Center, where he oversaw the creation of presentations on topics such as social media, photography and video chatting.

• Kyle Kim, a freshman at Whitman College, created a visual audiobook library for educational use at San Miguel Elementary School in Sunnyvale. The YouTube library of books can easily be folded into teachers’ curriculum.

• Nathan MacLeod, a senior at Los Altos High, led the creation of an online database for Congregation Etz Chayim’s library. As a result of his efforts, more than 2,000 books can be searched by title, author, subject or keyword, and the database includes a short description of each book.

• James Pampeyan, a senior at Mountain View High, built an archery range at Camp Taylor, a camp in Modesto for children with congenital heart defects. The range includes 320 feet of fencing, a 40-foot-wide backstop, a 30-foot shooting platform and a range safety flagpole.

• Austin Townsend, a senior at Los Altos High, designed, budgeted and supervised the construction of an outdoor storage cabinet for St. Timothy’s Preschool to replace one that had deteriorated and had already been disposed of.

• Bryan Webb, a senior at Mountain View High, designed and oversaw construction of a gate and fence at St. Timothy’s Preschool in Mountain View to prevent students from wandering into the back parking lots. He also constructed floor cabinets for storing the teachers’ school supplies.

Troop 33 meets 7:30-9 p.m. Tuesdays at Los Altos United Methodist Church, 655 Magdalena Ave.

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