Five scouts from Troop 237 will receive their Eagle Scout Award at their Court of Honor Ceremony on June 16 at Orinda Community Church.
Under the supervision of Scoutmaster Eric Jorgensen, the boys earned the awards by completing five different community service projects. The new Eagle Scouts are
Michael Ross Anderson, Tyler Jacob Young, Jaikar Singh Beasley, Adam Gordon Roeder and Matthew Nolan Stewart.
Beasley's project was to renovate a large hillside in front of the Gurdwara (Sikh Temple) in Hayward. He and his volunteers removed weeds, dead shrubs and trimmed the trees, They planted 10 new Italian cypress trees, 10 decorative shrubs and 50 creeping juniper as ground cover; restored 2 flower beds with new perennial flowers; restored an old irrigation system and laid out a new 100-foot long drip irrigation system. The renovated hillside benefits both the Gurdwara and the neighborhood. Beasley is a 2011 graduate of Miramonte High School and the son of
Gurmeet Beasley and Poonam Kaur.
Anderson's Eagle project was to repaint over 5,000 linear feet of old, faded or missing playground pavement lines at the Northern Light School in Oakland, for underprivileged kids. Outside activities and games like Four Square were hard to do without lines. Thanks to over 100 service hours and the labor of more than 20 Scouts and friends, the children there now enjoy playing on their new-looking blacktop with bright lines outlining
Deborah Anderson and Geoff Anderson and a senior at Miramonte High School.
For his Eagle project, Stewart refurbished the Track and Field Record Board at Miramonte High School. With the help of many Boy Scouts and volunteers, he painted the frame, affixed to the board 63 plates engraved with record holders' names, and installed new Plexiglas covers to complete a respectable record board for everyone at the track to see. He is very happy to give back to the school and team that gave him many wonderful opportunities. Stewart is a senior at Miramonte High School and the son of
Carolyn and Craig Stewart.
Young's community service project was to clear away debris and build outdoor steps at Grotto Rock Park in Berkeley to promote easier access to sections of the park that suffer mudslides and improve emergency access. Once the park was made ready, the slope, rise height, tread depth and run were established to dig out the dirt and secure each step with 3-foot rebar. The project benefits the neighbors and the surrounding community as they access the overlook of the Berkeley Hills. Young is the son of
Patricia and Douglas Young and a 2011 graduate of Miramonte High School.
Roeder's Eagle Scout project he restored a brick pathway in the Wagner Ranch Nature Area in Orinda. He and his volunteers excavated the old path, then used recycled bricks, masonry sand, base rock, stakes and guide rails to reconstruct it. This project created a permanently improved garden entry and wheelchair access. This garden is visited by hundreds of students annually on field trips to this unique educational center. Roeder is a senior at Miramonte High School and the son of
Melissa and Gil Roeder.