Troop Fledges Another Eagle Scout
Will Robinson, a member of Laguna Beach Boy Scout Troop 35 since 2004 and a graduating Laguna Beach High senior, earned the rank of Eagle Scout on Thursday, June 16.
He is the sixth member of the troop’s storied Wolf Patrol to achieve scouting’s highest rank. Troop 35 Scoutmaster Doug Rubino introduced Will to the Eagle Board of Review, saying, “Will has demonstrated leadership by example, by being kind and helpful, he encourages his fellow scouts to do their best.”
Will’s Eagle project rekindled a tradition of Troop 35 contributions to the outdoor experience of Laguna Coast Wilderness Park. In March and April, Will led his fellow scouts and friends in the removal of a barbed wire fence from the Gate 17 entrance on Poplar Street, and then proceeded to install a new gate and lodgepole fence, for a total of 157 hours of service.
Rangers Barbara Norton said, “…this project is important to the preservation and protection of the wilderness. Will did an incredible job”.
Other troop park projects include regulatory signage on Bommer Ridge, trail-markers throughout the park, gates at Dilley and Laurel Canyon, and the nature posts on the Willow Canyon road.
Will has been a member of Pack 35 and Troop 35, which are both chartered by Laguna Beach Presbyterian Church, since he joined in first grade as a Tiger Cub. He was elected to the Order of the Arrow in 2006. Will’s scouting leadership includes patrol leader and chief of the Tenaja chapter.
Next year, Will plans to major in neuroscience at Pomona College in Claremont.
Youngest Cub Scout to Earn Highest Award
Laguna Beach Cub Scout Pack 35 presented the Arrow of Light, Cub Scouting’s highest award, to fourth-grader Drake Fay at their final advancement ceremonies of the year.
Drake is the first Cub Scout to earn this honor as a first year Webelos scout in Pack 35 history, according to chartered organization representative Dick Maxwell, who has served for decades in various scout leadership positions for Laguna Beach and Orange County.
A scout who earns his Arrow of Light has also completed nearly all the requirements to earn the scout badge in the Boy Scout troop, which is the next level of scouting; it is the only Cub Scout award that may be worn on the Boy Scout uniform.