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.
|Adam Kurkjian||4||Constructed two redwood benches for Center of the Arts, Piedmont.||91.5|
|William McBain||4||Constructed storage bin and constructed shelves at Beach Elementary School sports facility.||93.5|
|Benjamin Wilson||4||Built and automated irrigation system for organic garden at Piedmont Middle School.||247|
|Connor Christiansen||4||Created large portable stage extension for Piedmont Center for the Arts.||118|
|David Hunt||1||Lines a trail along Wilkie Creek near De Anza High School in El Sobrante with logs to protect plants and create a path||142.5|
|Tom Solley||11||Built an A-frame picnic table and benches for Lincoln Child Center in Oakland||193|
|Mark Bublitz||1||Built a two-slot compost bin for Martin Luther King Elementary School in West Oakland||105|
|Robert Elmendorf||6||Rebuilt propagation garden at Lake Merritt||262.5|
|Ryan Lofstrom||1||Built percussion instrument storage cabinet for Piedmont High School Music Department||112|
|Ryan Pike||1||Built two 12-foot organic planter boxes for Wildwood Elementary School, Piedmont||147|
|Samuel Labberton||11||Designed and built 4 benches for First Presbyterian Church of Berkeley||156|
|Brendan O’Connor||1||Built two convertible redwood bench/tables for Havens Elementary School, Piedmont||89|
|Andrew Olsen||1||Built and painted three risers for Piedmont Center for the Arts||178|
|Andrew Meyersieck||11||Built three storage box/benches for Lake Merritt and Morcom Rose Garden, Oakland||126|
|Kyler Stewart||1||Installed one dozen trail signs in Joaquin Miller Park in Oakland.||45|
|Scott Arthur||11||Built two redwood storage benches for Haven’s Schoolmates, a before and after school program in Piedmont.||144|
|Ian Collins||11||Built two storage units on the kindergarten playground at Havens Elementary School, Piedmont.||208|
|Brandon Wong||11||Constructed eight signs for Lakeside Demonstration Gardens in Oakland.||81|
|Gabriel Bolio||11||Built four adaptive tables for toddlers with mental and physical disabilities at Children’s Hospital, Oakland.||79|
|Stephen Pacheco||1||Built a scoreboard for baseball games at Coaches Field, Piedmont.||122|
|William Talcott||11||Painted a map of the United States on Wildwood Elementary School playground, Piedmont.||85|
|James Corvin||11||Built six benches for Piedmont Middle School.||79|
|Warren Lewis||11||Built 3 raised bed planter boxes for Piedmont Recreation Department.||195|
|Scott Ng||11||Built a Welcoming Display Cart to display information to newcomers for Piedmont Community Church.||174|
|Blaise Cumming||1||Upgraded and constructed art storage and display area for ceramic department of Creative Growth a non-profit in Oakland.||164|