Island City Has Two New Eagle Scouts

Courtesy photo A.J. Elfar, left, and Joseph DiGiulio are Alameda Boy Scouts Troop #11’s newest Eagle Scouts.

On Sunday, June 28, two Alameda Boy Scouts, Alexander James "A.J." Elfar,the son of Shirley Jaber Elfar and the late Ed Elfar, and Joseph DiGiulio, the son of Shelly and Steve DiGiulio celebrated their Eagle Scout awards. The scouts received their awards during Troop 11’s Alameda Boy Scout Association National Court of Honor at the Alameda Masonic Hall. Troop 11 is sponsored by the Rotary Club of Alameda and meets regularly at Lincoln Middle School.

Elfar earned the rank of Eagle in November 2012 but delayed his ceremony for fellow Pack 78 scouts who bridged over with him into Troop 11 in 2009. In May, DiGiulio earned the honor and the young men are seniors at Saint Joseph Notre Dame High School.

Both completed their Eagle Scout service projects, benefiting Saint Philip Neri, their elementary and middle schools, as well as their parish. Elfar’s organized and rebuilt 10 worn out schoolyard benches over a three day period. DiGiulio built a beneficial sink and counter potting space with a leech line for the community garden.

Both projects involved hundreds of hours of leadership skills necessary to implement their projects and are very proud to give back to the community that helped shaped them into the young men they are today.

DiGiulio will be attending the 23rd World Jamboree in Japan at the end of this month. After three summer internships at the United States Department of Agriculture as a research assistant converting various agricultural products into biodegradable wrapping film and data mining, Elfar was hired this summer as a biological science aid in the bio-products research unit. He was accepted into Cal Poly San Luis Obispo’s summer Engineering Possibilities in College (EPIC) program.

Both young men thank the many parents and scout leaders that helped guide and encourage them throughout their scouting years as both young men began as Cub Tiger scouts in the first grade.

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