Eagle scouts aid the community
These boys, defined by their exemplary leadership, service and merit, have both achieved the pinnacle of their Scouting experience: the rank of Eagle Scout.
For junior Kyle Trieu and senior Daniel Pan, becoming an Eagle Scout had seemed so unattainable in the first grade. Now, their trek to achieving the highly coveted Eagle Scout title was now only one step away. However, it was by no means a simple task.
Accumulating to a total of 10 exhausting hours, $600 and 30 volunteers, junior Kyle Trieu’s Eagle Scout project was a product of his sweat, blood and tears.
Trieu’s idea for his project kindled when he noticed tree stumps idly laying around in Schabarum Park’s superintendent’s yard. Rather than doing a typical painting project, he wanted to leave a momentous imprint in the scouts’ lives. So, after bouncing multiple potential ideas back and forth with the park superintendent, Trieu finally settled on painting the 12 Points of the Scout Law to which Boy Scouts live by, onto the tree stumps.
“I wanted to leave a more significant impact and have something that was more permanent so I saw the tree stumps and I thought that maybe I could do something meaningful with them,” Trieu said.
His project planning began three months before the start of the actual project and the process that followed was long and tedious. Trieu had to get approval from different council members and also had to apply for donations and conduct fundraisers to help pay for the expenses.
“The planning and all the work that went into the planning was very difficult because you have to plan for all the things that could go wrong, all the things that could interfere with what you originally planned, like if it rained, if someone got bitten by a snake or something like that,” Trieu said. “So you have to take into consideration all these little factors. Also just doing the work is difficult.”
Upon receiving approval from the park superintendent, Trieu and the volunteers sanded and painted all the tree stumps to prevent them from deteriorating. They then dug holes and inserted them into the ground, and made a little area surrounding it and protecting it.
Trieu had strategically chose to inscribe the 12 Points of the Scout Law on the tree stumps in a scouting campfire area, so that whenever scouts gathered around the campfire, the Scout Laws would be within easy access and reference.
“My intention was to help the scouts and to give them something that would have a positive influence on their lives because scouting is supposed to help people grow and develop as people,” Trieu said.
“For me, being in boy scouts is all about having good character and being an honest and a moral person. Boy scouts always teaches you things like ‘leave things as you found them’ or don’t lie, be honest, be kind, be helpful to other people, be trustworthy,” Trieu said. “These things are what are supposed to develop your character and help you mature and become an adult that would be productive in society.”
As for Pan, he noticed that his church had certain areas that were particularly bland and empty, so he decided to build planter benches for his church in Hacienda Heights.
Before he could begin his project, Pan needed to raise money to fund for his cost and expenses. So, Pan hosted a movie night for his friends and church members, raising roughly $800 in one night.
“Everything needed to be planned out and also needed to be super detailed. The Eagle Board is very strict on it,” Pan said. I had to go back to the Eagle Board Office a lot of times because no one in my troop really taught me. A lot of the things i had to do was by trial and error.”
Throughout the entire process, not only did Pan learn woodworking skills, but also learned to improve his communication through frequent interaction with his peers.
“I also learned how to talk with people a lot. I had to talk to people a lot and I don’t normally talk to people a lot and also i was really critiqued on my communication skills, I learned to be confident when you speak; yes should be yes and no should be no.”
After 100 exhausting hours of planning and constructing, Pan’s project was finally complete.
“I think all eagle projects all stand out to younger scouts that if they really commit to it they can also do an eagle project as nice as this. I hope my project inspires people to do something just as great, or even harder,” Pan said. “I put my my heart and sweat into it and i’m so happy it’s finally done. It’s very fulfilling to see the end result after having worked on it for so long.”
By Sophia Ding, Staff writer