Jeff White, then a fifth-grade transplant from Boston, met Tim Peterson at a meeting to recruit new scouts. Seven years later and after a ceremony last week, they are Laguna Beach Troop 35 Eagle Scouts!
Jeff, the quintessential “big” brother to his twin siblings, Monica and Greg, learned at an early age how to be a leader. He was this year’s boys cross-country and track captain and was the top cross-country runner.
Tim lives by the motto: go solo. The only red-head in his family, he studied martial arts and used those techniques to put together a very competent golf game. He was the high school team’s top player and captain. Scouting appealed to Tim for the individual challenge of satisfying each requirement, picking and choosing the activities he enjoyed, at his own pace, over the seven years it took to achieve Eagle.
Tim and Jeff enjoyed summer camps, local hikes, and other Scouting activities together. Their favorite was an eight-day trek in New Mexico at Philmont, the crown-jewel of Boy Scout camps.
They were also involved in the Presbyterian Church’s weekly high school program, which included three consecutive service trips to Molokai.
The church figured in both boys’ Eagle projects. Jeff designed, built and installed a cabinet for audio and musical equipment. Tim designed, built and installed a system to house the church’s quiver of surfboards.
This fall, Jeff will enroll at Eugene’s University of Oregon and Tim will attend Atlanta’s Emory University.