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Portola Valley: Troop 64 honors five Eagle Scouts

 

Submitted by Troop 64.

Five scouts from Portola Valley Troop 64 – Alex Behrens, Kevin Kelley, Andrew Kubicka, Dominic Schillace and Cameron Vaughan – have earned the rank of Eagle Scout and were recognized in a recent Court of Honor at Portola Valley Presbyterian Church.

To achieve this highest honor in Boy Scouts of America, these young men have received 21 merit badges, acquired leadership and outdoor skills, and completed independent service projects.

Alex Behrens, a recent graduate of Sacred Heart, started scouting in first grade and has served as troop historian, quartermaster and senior patrol leader. He installed a portable emergency water filtration system for The Sequoias senior living community in Portola Valley, and also built a foundation for a second system that may be used by the town of Portola Valley. At Sacred Heart, he played football and lacrosse, and wrote for the student newspaper. He will be attending Tulane University this fall.

Kevin Kelley, a senior at Mountain Springs Preparatory Academy in Utah, started in scouting at age 7. He has held numerous leadership positions in Troop 64, including scribe, librarian, assistant patrol leader and patrol leader. He received the BSA National Camping Award for demonstrating extraordinary scout skills and completing more than 40 camping nights. He built a series of picnic tables and benches for Summit Preparatory High School, raising funds and leading volunteers for a total of 152 hours. He also donated the excess funds he raised, nearly $800, to Summit Prep.

Andrew Kubicka, a junior at Woodside High School, started scouting in first grade. He designed and built a two-story rabbit enclosure for Carillon Preschool. His venture took 144 hours to complete and he donated an additional $500 to the school. Andrew has served as senior patrol leader, assistant senior patrol leader, and patrol leader for Troop 64. He participates in cross country and track and plays in two bands. He will spend his summer working in a Stanford chemical engineering lab.

Dominic Schillace started scouting at the end of fifth grade, and has loved the outdoor adventures, including two week-long backpacking trips and sailing in the Bahamas. He has served as historian, librarian, quartermaster and scribe. He built four storage units and a gravity wall for Carillon Preschool in Portola Valley. This project took 114 hours and 16 volunteers. A senior at Woodside High School, he previously studied art and fashion design at the Academy of Art University in San Francisco and will attend the Art Institute of Chicago this summer.

Cameron Vaughan, a junior honors student at Woodside High School, began scouting in first grade. He has served as senior patrol leader, patrol leader and den chief. He leveraged his passion for baseball and, with 19 volunteers and 150 hours, built three picnic tables for Ford Field to benefit the Alpine West Menlo Little League and the town of Portola Valley. He plays water polo and baseball for Woodside High, serves the disabled and low-income community through Young Men's Service League, umpires Little League games, and makes a mean sandwich at Lutticken's.

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Menlo scout leads project to build picnic tables

By Jackie Gerson, Special to the Almanac

Tim McBirney of Menlo Park recently led a project to build two picnic tables, put down fresh mulch and do a general cleanup at Seminary Oaks Park, located at 299 Santa Monica Ave. in Menlo Park.

The community service project was part of Tim's effort to reach the rank of Eagle Scout.

His friends and family helped with the project, said Tim, who has been a Boy Scout since the fifth grade and is a member of Troop 206, which meets at Trinity Church in Menlo Park. The tables were made from lumber that was recycled from a large redwood cut down at the Menlo Park Civic Center about a year ago.

A recent graduate of The Kings Academy, a private high school in Sunnyvale, Tim plans to attend the University of California at Santa Barbara this fall to study communications. He is the son of Scott and Lisa McBirney of Menlo Park.

The project appealed to him, Tim said, because "it was local and gave directly back to the community I grew up in."

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