Troop 206 honors three Eagle Scouts


Submitted by Troop 206.

Three scouts from Menlo Park Troop 206 – Patrick Tornes, George Archbold and Cole Shaffer – have all earned the rank of Eagle Scout and been recognized in a Court of Honor at Trinity Church in Menlo Park.

Troop 206, first chartered by Trinity Episcopal Church in Menlo Park in 1958, has advanced 177 scouts to Eagle rank in the past 55 years. Its membership currently includes 52 active scouts from Atherton, Menlo Park, Woodside and Redwood City.

Patrick Tornes is the son of Jackie and James Tornes and a Boy Scout in Menlo Park. He first joined Cub Scouts in the first grade with Pack 222 in Menlo Park and then bridged to Troop 206 in 2008.

During his six years with the troop, Patrick has taken on many leadership roles, including serving as Senior Patrol Leader. He has earned 33 merit badges and a bronze and a gold palm. He has spent over 120 nights of camping, backpacked more than 400 miles and contributed over 150 hours of community service with the troop. He completed the National Youth Leadership Training and is a Brotherhood member of the Order of the Arrow.

Patrick's Eagle project involved building three benches and installing a flagpole at Maple Street Shelter in Redwood City. His project involved more than 250 volunteer hours provided by 10 adults and 25 scouts.

A recent graduate of Woodside Priory, Patrick is interested in math, science and computer science. He played saxophone in the school's Wind Symphony and enjoys playing guitar as a hobby. Patrick runs track and is a member of the Student Life Advisory Committee and National Honor Society.

George Archbold is the son of Hana and John Archbold of Redwood City. George has been involved with scouting since the second grade. He joined Pack 222 as a Tiger Cub scout and transitioned into Troop 206 in the seventh grade. He has taken part in many outdoor backpack trips, weekend camping, summer camps and training sessions. He also served in a different scouting leadership position every year. He earned 21 merit badges.

His Eagle project involved working on the Tea Garden at Sequoia High School including building a bench and painting the bridge a pagoda.

A graduate of Sequoia High School where he was the team captain on the water polo team, senior class president and class valedictorian, George attends UCLA pursuing a degree in bioengineering.

Cole Shaffer is the son of Corby Locke and Gary Shaffer of Atherton. As a member of Troop 206, he has spent 156 nights camping, backpacked more that 641 miles and contributed more than 122 hours of community service. He earned 33 merit badges.

For his Eagle project, Cole created four peace paths for Willow Oaks School as well as painting a United States mural in the playground. Approximately 25 scouts assisted him, contributing about 160 hours of service.

Cole is a recent graduate of Menlo Atherton High School where he played both football and lacrosse for M-A. His father, Gary and older brother, Grant, are also both Eagle Scouts.

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