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Santa Margarita Eagles Soar to Eagle Scout Rank


Eagle Scout is the highest achievement or rank attainable in the Boy Scouts of America (BSA). Since its inception in 1911, only four percent of Scouts have earned this rank. Congratulations to Andrew Smet ‘23 and Jake Quinlan ‘21 for reaching new heights.


Andrew Smet '23, Troop 695

Favorite Scouting Memory
The trip for the cooking merit badge is my favorite memory. We went on a small camping trip with the merit badge counselor to cook outside. We cooked a lot of food and enjoyed eating it.

Scout Project
Beneficiary: Caritas Communities
Constructing a mini library for a low-income, mobile home community in Brea. Two bookcases were successfully constructed and over 600 books were collected and transported to the community.

Why did you choose this project?
I have worked with Caritas Communities before which helped me find a suitable beneficiary for my Eagle Project. I enjoy reading books and I wanted to spread that love for books by helping people gain access to them.

Total hours spent on this project:
207.4

Were there other noteworthy activities you would like to share?
I have earned 41 merit badges, which is 20 over the 21 merit badges required to gain Eagle scout. Because of this, I received four eagle palms (five merit badges per palm).
 

Jake Quinlan '21, Troop 772

Favorite Scouting Memory
The 14 day backpacking trip spent at Philmont Ranch in New Mexico with some of my closest friends.

Scout Project
William S. Craycraft Park Fence Installation

Why did you choose this project?
I have been a lifelong resident of Mission Viejo, so this was an opportunity to give back to the parks I used so often as a child.

Total hours spent on this project:
45

Why did you want to achieve Eagle rank?
I have been a Scout for 10 years and attaining the rank of Eagle proves that I will forever hold the ideals of the BSA with me.