On June 11, 2023 four Troop 11 Scouts were awarded the Rank of Eagle:
Oliver Amen – Rising Senior, Piedmont High School
George Stein – Rising Senior, Piedmont High School
Will Sprague – Rising Sophomore, University of Michigan
Everett Villiger – Rising Senior, The Head-Royce School
Each Scout completed more than 325 Leadership, Service, and Merit Badge requirements. The final requirement to earn the rank of Eagle was finding, planning, and executing a service project. Each Scout’s project is detailed below:
Oliver Amen worked with Friends of Sausal Creek to build a live edge 85-foot split rail fence along the Fern Ravine Trail in Joaquin Miller Park to protect the valuable and endangered redwood understory from being destroyed by mountain bikers who wrongly enter trails meant for hikers and walkers only. Oliver’s project was connected to fences built by other Eagle Scouts in an effort to come together for the common goal of allowing the fragile vegetation to take hold once again and thrive.
Will Sprague worked with Friends of Joaquin Miller to install split rail fencing in the park to mark off an area closed to mountain bikers. The area had been stripped of its native plants because of the constant pressure of mountain bikers. Will posted signage along the fence informing bikers the area was closed. The goal of the fence is to bring back the soil that allowed native plants to thrive.
George Stein also worked with Friends of Sausal Creek. He lead the construction and installation of seven wooden map boxes. The boxes were designed to keep maps dry and protected from the elements. The trail side boxes were installed in the East Bay Regional Parks to help visitors navigate the parks by holding maps.
Everett Villiger designed and built a large outdoor storage cabinet to organize and secure toys for the Piedmont Playschool. The cabinet was constructed of manufactured wood, weatherproofed with paint, and was secured to the wall. The cabinet is a much-needed addition, providing a central location for small toy storage.