Three gain Eagle Scout rank


Three Portola Valley youth from Boy Scout Troop 64 were honored recently at an Eagle court of Honor at Valley Presbyterian Church. Each boy earned more than the required 21 merit badges and each completed a service project to earn the rank of Eagle Scout.

John Howard is a junior at Sacred Heart Preparatory. He coordinated the construction of two redwood tables and eight benches for the Valley Presbyterian Church in Portola Valley. All wood for the project was reclaimed from 50-year-old redwood timbers. John also raised funds for the purchase of two market umbrellas and stands for the tables.

Christian Bourgeois is a junior at Woodside High School. He worked with Abilities United of Palo Alto to design and build three custom waterproof wheelchairs for an aquatic therapy pool. After research, design, review and approval, he and his team built a chair, and after some revisions, produced two additional chairs.

Kellan Draeger is a junior at the Woodside Priory in Portola Valley. He worked with fellow scouts to build two western red cedar benches, made from reclaimed donated lumber for Our Lady of the Wayside Church in Portola Valley. The benches make it possible for parishioners to enjoy outdoor ceremonies in the church courtyard.

Portola Valley Boy Scout Troop 64 is sponsored by the Kiwanis Club of Menlo Park. It has more than 40 active members. Kirt Williams is scoutmaster.

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Posted by Abilities United
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on Jan 20, 2012 at 11:10 am

Many thanks to Christian Bourgeois for his time, talent, creativity and dedication to in the design and construction of new and improved aquatic wheelchairs! The chairs make all the difference to the individuals who used the warm water of the Betty Wright Swim Center located at Abilities United to recuperate from accidents and health issues. Christian has made a huge impact on the lives of our community members!

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