Community - March 7, 2012

Five boys earn Eagle Scout rank

Portola Valley Boy Scout Troop 64 announces five scouts recently earned their Eagle Scout rank, including Ben Zdasiuk, who at age 12 is one of the youngest Eagles in the troop's history.

Ben became a Cub Scout in first grade and joined Troop 64 in grade 4. For his Eagle project, he planned and led the building of 15 wooden benches for Deer Hollow Farm at Rancho San Antonio Preserve. Sixteen people helped in the project for a total of 173 hours labor. Ben is a seventh-grader at Corte Madera School.

Gordon Williams joined the Cub Scouts in first grade and the Boy Scouts in grade 5. For his Eagle project, he collected 60 used bicycles and tricycles and led an effort to clean, repair, and test the bikes, which were donated to Haven House, a Menlo Park shelter for homeless families. With donated money, he also bought a helmet to accompany every bike. His project involved 18 people with 244 hours of labor. Gordon is a freshmen at Menlo-Atherton High School.

Jackson Dalman was a Cub Scout until joining Troop 64 in fifth grade. For his Eagle project, he and 11 helpers solicited and collected goods and money for injured veterans at the Palo Alto VA Spinal Cord Injury Unit. They delivered DVD players, DVDs, CDs, shaving kits, clothing, and more to the veterans. Jackson is a freshman at St. Paul's School in Concord, New Hampshire.

Rahman Humphries-Hodge, a freshman at Woodside High School, has been involved with scouting since joining Cub Scout Pack 163 as a first-grader. For his Eagle project, he built eight cat "condos" for the Peninsula Humane Society. He worked with nine people for a total of 178 hours.

Terry Wang joined Pack 163 as a fourth-grader and became a Boy Scout in grade 5. For his project, he designed and led the building of plastic display cases, wooden shelves, and cabinets for storage in the student store at Corte Madera School, where he was store manager. His project involved 18 people for a total of 164 hours. He is a freshman at the Woodside Priory.


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