Five New Eagles Soar

Al Wright, Raintree Studios Alameda’s newly minted Eagle Scouts, from left to right; Cedrick Becerra, Branden Christman, Joshua O’Neil, Nicklas Gardner and Adam Reyes

Alameda Boy Scouts Cedrick Becerra, Branden Christman, Joshua O’Neil, Nicklas Gardner and Adam Reyes each received Scouting’s highest honor, the Eagle Scout award, during a recent Boy Scouts of America National Court of Honor.

Over several years, these scouts worked their way through the various ranks. They each earned at least 21 merit badges and served in multiple leadership positions. Each scout also planned and implemented a community service project.

Highlights for the five new Eagle Scouts included attending numerous summer camps and National Scout Jamborees. They also took part in National Youth Leadership training and 50-plus-mile backpacking treks on the Pacific Crest Trail and at Philmont Scout Ranch in the Sangre de Cristo range of the Rockies in northeastern New Mexico.

Their Eagle Scout service projects collectively amassed hundreds of hours of planning, leadership and community service and benefitted local campuses, non-profits, community gardens and the California School for the Deaf.

The Scouts are members of Boy Scout 89, chartered by Oakland Machine Works. The troop meets at Lum Elementary School, 1801 Sandcreek Way, on Tuesday evenings. The troop has produced almost 100 Eagle Scouts since 1967, including nine Eagle Scouts, so far, in 2015.