Piedmont Council Eagle Projects

Eagle Scout is the highest rank available within Scouting. It requires staying active in the program for several years, earning 21 merit badges in various areas, providing leadership within one’s troop, and completing an Eagle project. Our council has a rich tradition of Scout participation as well as many Scouts achieving the rank of Eagle. Since 1921, when the Council was chartered, more than 1000 young men have achieved the rank of Eagle. In recent years, they have earned the Eagle rank at a rate of between 8 and 10% of our Scout community annually, more than twice the national average of 4%.

The service project is a significant and often final, step in achieving Eagle rank. The project is not as a “giant good deed.” Rather it is the culmination of years of work. It is a test of one’s planning and leadership skills.

Who benefits? Certainly the Scout and those who volunteer. Each has learned the value of contributing to society. The candidates certainly learned leadership and planning skills as well. However, our community has also benefitted: schools in Piedmont and Oakland, parks and local churches to name just a few, have received many thousands of hours of service. In fact, Piedmont Eagle projects are providing the equivalent of one continuous worker for 30 hours each and every week of the year.

The following summarizes projects from the past two years.

2015 Projects

Scout Name Troop Project Hours
Matthew Mahaffey 15 Built 2 benches for Oakland Technical High School. 50.5
Griffin Pierce 6 Built 2 raised garden beds for Altenheim Home for Seniors in Oakland. 146
Brendan Gerrity 1 Built 5 Redwood Tables for Friends of Sausal Creek in Oakland 128
Grant Palmer 11 Built a bookshelf for East Bay Childrens’ Choir 113
Andrew Shaw 6 Built benches and table for Bishop O’ Dowd High school in Oakland in memory of his father, William Brandon Shaw. 196
Sean Hennigan 6 Built a trellis for Bishop O’Dowd High School’s Living Lab. 252
Franklin Johnson 1 Built a storage box for Piedmont Community Pool equipment. 129
Michael Kuroda 1 Created a promotional video for Rebuilding Together Oakland to enhance sponsorship and volunteer resources. 198.5
Theodore Mangrum 6 Built outdoor chairs and benches for Altenheim Elderly Center, Oakland 170
Renzo Downey 1 Picture posts to enable the public to contribute to a time lapse record of Fern Ravine in Joaquin Miller Park, Oakland 140
Stewart Ashford 11 Built garden shed for Pre-School program of Piedmont Recreation Department. 125
David Dryburgh 15 Environmental habitat restoration project in the East Bay Regional Park (removing dangerous barbed wire and broken fencing hazardous to park users and wildlife). 123
Austin Willis 11 Created a mural on a brown wall at the entrance to the 40s building at Piedmont High School. 84

2014 Projects

Scout Name Troop Project Hours
Joseph Mirante 1 Rebuild trails in Joaquin Miller Park 64
Austin Sun 4 Built 20 foot dock extension for the Oakland Strokes at San Pablo Reservoir. 90
Nicholas Docter 4 Built down shooter to hold camera for Piedmont Middle School Animation class. 77
James Clifford 4 Built 15 birdhouses for Golden Gate Audubon Society. 116
Henry Taylor 15 Renovated and built cabinet with drawers and sink at Junior Center for Arts and Sciences in Oakland. 128
Louis Gerhardy 1 Replaced “No Dumping” signs on Piedmont Storm Drains. 106
Omar Abdul-Rahim 6 Created a lunch/study area at Oakland Tech High School, Oakland. Included benches, trees and ground base. 332
Russell Rivera 6 Built an elevated sleeping platform for Camp Augusta 292
Matthew Lennon 6 Refurbished the pantry at Oakland Elizabeth House, a transitional program for women with children who have experienced homelessness, violence, addiction, and/or poverty. 283.5
Brent Adams 6 Built a shingled wooden garden storage shed with shelves on a concrete slab for Linda Beach Elementary School 133
Alec Sieben 15 Built a flow-form (a water feature that mimics the way water moves in nature) for Piedmont Middle School. 96
Derek Cheung 1 Constructed signage and posts for Piedmont Middle School LearnScape Lunch Park. 154
Matthew Burge 1 Constructed a pentagonal planter box for the Piedmont Play School Sandbox. 95
Jonathan Mowat 11 Built bookshelves for Faith Network in Oakland. 159
Bryan Ford 1 Designed, constructed and installed a bench at Piedmont Community Church 182
Will Thacher 4 Built a playhouse for preschoolers at Piedmont Playschool. 270
Sam Thacher 4 Designed and built community garden for the Piedmont Community Pool 90