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Community - January 1, 2014

Portola Valley: Scouts reach Eagle rank

Matthew Patzer, Reed Williams, and Lucas Harris from Portola Valley Boy Scout Troop 64 recently attained their Eagle Scout rank.

To achieve this, scouts must earn 21 merit badges, go on 20 camping nights, and acquire outdoor and leadership skills.

Matthew, a sophomore at Woodside Priory, joined the Boy Scouts in fifth grade. For his Eagle project, he designed and managed the building of two wheelchair-accessible, portable raised garden beds for Collective Roots, a nonprofit based in East Palo Alto. His project involved 16 people and 168 volunteer hours.

Reed, a freshman at Menlo-Atherton High School, also joined the scouts in fifth grade. For his Eagle project, he collected used camping equipment, managed the cleaning and repairing of it, then used it for a campout for the children at Haven Family House shelter in Menlo Park. He donated the used gear to Shelter Network's homeless outreach program. His project involved 14 people and 296 volunteer hours.

Lucas, an eighth-grader at Woodside Priory, had three components in his Eagle project for the children at Haven Family House in Menlo Park: (1) Assembling 30 children's bikes and hosting an evening at Haven House to fit the bikes and helmets, and teach bicycle safety and riding skills; (2) implementing a half-court basketball court in the parking lot at Haven House and hosting an evening to teach basketball skills; and (3) managing a sports equipment collection drive, which involved collection, cleaning and organizing more than 200 pieces of sports equipment for the summer camps at Haven House. He also raised $1,650 to donate to Haven House.

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