Improving the Community

Four members of Encinitas’ Boy Scout Troop 777 were recently recognized for completing their Eagle Scout Projects and earning the Eagle Scout Rank, the highest achievement in Boy Scouts. The boys each completed projects in areas all over North County San Diego that allowed them to demonstrate leadership skills and benefit the community. They first contacted nonprofit organizations in the area to find out if a project was needed, then worked with their Scoutmaster and an Eagle Scout mentor to select their project.

Parker Harelson, who attends Canyon Crest Academy (CCA) in Carmel Valley, built six eight-foot benches for his former middle school, Digueno Middle School in Encinitas. Caleb Leasure attends Maranatha Christian Schools in 4S Ranch and built a trail kiosk at the Paseo Encino Trailhead in Carlsbad. Walker Matthews, who also goes to CCA, constructed gates, fences, and shelving for Rancho Coastal Humane Society in 92024. Ben Tecotzky attends San Dieguito Academy and built a split rail fence around the garden at his former elementary school, El Camino Creek Elementary School in Carlsbad.

Parker, Caleb, Walker, and Ben were honored in a special ceremony at the Encinitas Community Library, which included an award pinning, reflections on their individual projects, presentation of mentor pins, a presentation by Encinitas Deputy Mayor Tony Kranz, and a reception. Troop 777 prides itself on being a high adventure troop focused on leadership, self-reliance, self-esteem, and recognition, which are accomplished though high adventure outings, community involvement, and rank advancement. Troop 777 members live in Encinitas, Carlsbad, Carmel Valley, Solana Beach, Cardiff, and Rancho Santa Fe.