To fulfill the service project requirement, members of Troop 30 gave back to the community in a number of ways. Eric Mow organized an autism awareness day at Parents Helping Parents, screening an unreleased documentary about autistic children pursuing competitive swimming; Brian Chao designed a computer application for Moffett Field Museum that includes a touchscreen interface and information on 50 historical airplanes; Arjun Singla coordinated a basketball camp for 16 middle schoolers over the course of a weekend; Gage Rodriguez collected and refurbished pickaxes, shovels, hammers, screwdrivers and a wheelbarrow and donated them to the Day Worker Center of Mountain View; Ryan McCauley renovated a preschool garden that had been severely damaged after a car accident, building redwood planter boxes, centralizing the plumbing and repairing vegetable containers; Braydon Ross re-landscaped one side of the Moffett Field Museum, arranging a live jazz performance outside a local Safeway to raise the money needed to install a new French drain and a terrace; and Aidan Slusser built a 100-foot split-rail fence for Redwood Grove Nature Preserve to keep hikers on the proper path.
In Troop 33, Zach Moore brought seven young, inner-city boys on a weeklong backpacking trip in Desolation Wilderness in the Sierras; Winn Hartford established a searchable database for library books at St. Timothy's Preschool in Mountain View, classified books by genre and built shelving; and Kyler Blasing renovated the Purissima Little League Junior baseball field, reconstructing the diamond backstop, re-roofing the dugouts and installing storage for players' equipment.
Though these new Eagle Scouts have achieved the highest rank in the organization, their service in the program does not end here. Troop 30 parent Ricardo Rodriguez said that "the Eagle Scouts can remain active in the troop and serve as role models for younger Scouts. One Eagle Scout is now serving as the senior patrol leader in charge of the whole troop, and this summer some are going to Northern Tier High Adventure Base with younger Scouts for an eight- to nine-day hiking and canoe trip that includes portions of Canada."
Said Eagle Scout Gage Rodriguez, "When I was young, and saw older Scouts standing in the front leading the meetings, I thought to myself, 'Wow, how do they do that?' And now, well, now I know how they did it. It's all been such a blur that I haven't had the time to reflect, but now the magnitude of the progress we all have made is much clearer."
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