Scouting News: Troop 33 honors new Eagle Scouts

Courtesy of Brian Mellea
Troop 33 celebrated its new Eagle Scouts, from left, Ryan Biesty, Noah Herman, Matthew Mellea, Kai Jarmon and Anthony Mein.

Boy Scout Troop 33 of Los Altos conducted its Eagle Court of Honor ceremony for five new Eagle Scouts last month. The Eagle designation is the highest rank in Scouting. To earn the Eagle rank, Scouts must complete a community service project. The new Eagle Scouts:

• Ryan Biesty of Mountain View expanded the capacity of the Los Altos District’s Living Classroom to engage kindergartners in garden-based education. Over his six years in Scouting, Biesty held multiple leadership positions and continues to serve in leadership roles in the Boy Scouts’ National Honor Society.

• Noah Herman of Los Altos also helped the Living Classroom program. His team of 10 built netting to protect the children’s plantings, enabling them to experience a garden’s lifecycle. During his time in Scouting, Herman hiked 73 miles at the Boy Scouts’ 140,000-acre Philmont Ranch.

• Kai Jarmon of Los Altos built five raised planter beds for use as a teaching garden at St. Timothy’s Preschool in Mountain View. While in Scouts, Jarmon traveled to the remote Boundary Waters National Park, the rugged New Mexico mountains and went on many backpacking trips.

• Anthony Mein of Cupertino built outdoor seating in the form of three 6-foot-long benches for his school, Monta Vista High. Mein found Scouting a path to outdoor adventure and developing leadership skills. He developed skills that enabled him to attend BSA National Leadership Training.

• Matthew Mellea’s Eagle project was inspired by a trip to Costa Rica to work with The Leatherback Trust, whose mission is leatherback turtle preservation. The Los Altos Hills resident designed and developed wireless prototype temperature sensors that enable the trust’s biologists to study the turtles.

Troop 33 meets 7:30-9 p.m. Tuesdays at Los Altos United Methodist Church, 655 Magdalena Ave.

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