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The four new Eagles in Menlo Park

Alex Elcavage, Hunter Thompson, Drew Wadsworth and Andrew Tan achieve Eagle Scout rank

Menlo Park's Troop 109 now has four new Eagle scouts. Alex Elcavage, 15, Hunter Thompson, 15, Drew Wadsworth, 16, and Andrew Tan, 15, all sophomores at local high schools, each earned at least 21 merit badges, acquired leadership and outdoor skills, and completed independent service projects.

An Eagle Scout Court of Honor Ceremony was held for them on Sunday, Oct. 18, according to Wayne Thompson, a member of the troop's Parents Committee. Troop 109 celebrates its 75th anniversary this year.

Their community service projects covered a range of outdoor-oriented work.

Alex constructed and installed five bat sanctuaries for bat colonies to nest in along the Adobe Creek Watershed.

Hunter built and replaced a drainage pipe and constructed new retaining walls and a swale to prevent soil erosion in Edgewood Park.

Drew built a large scale solar food dryer to dry and preserve excess harvested produce and promote sustainability education.

Andrew developed and expanded a garden at Belle Haven Elementary School. After obtaining from Tutor Corps a $250 grant (scouts must find their own way to fund their projects), he built two planter boxes in the garden and chose plants he said kids might not otherwise see, such as soybeans, tofu and bok choy. He also gave lessons at the school on gardening and how to use a sundial.

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