Castle Pines Boy Scout Troop 316’s new eagle scouts – (left to right) Richard Garnett Woodford, Jr., Andrew Stephan Landeros, and Evan Lee Albert. The eagle scouts posed with a live bald eagle, courtesy of HawkQuest, at their recent Eagle Scout Court of Honor.
By Elizabeth Wood West; photo courtesy of Castle Pines Boy Scout Troop 316 Scoutmaster Todd Johnson
It is a long, hard climb to achieve the rank of eagle scout, not unlike the arduous hikes and camping adventures that are a major part of a boy scout’s experience.
As young scouts learn to work together in challenging outdoor environments and serve in different leadership positions, they develop skills that will serve them well as they plan, supervise, and successfully complete their eagle project and advance to Boy Scouts of America’s highest rank. Castle Pines Boy Scout Troop 316 recently honored three new eagle scouts at a Court of Honor ceremony held at Castle Pines Community Church.
Evan Lee Albert is a Castleview High School junior and is involved in choir, rock climbing, and school yearbook. Albert enjoys playing the guitar in his spare time and plans to study music when he attends college. He is also a DCS Montessori School alumnus and chose the restoration of a walking trail for the elementary school’s outdoor education program for his Eagle project.
Andrew Stephan Landeros is graduating early from Castleview High School this year. Landeros enjoyed participating in many scout campouts including Ponderosa, Capulin Volcano (NM), Great Sand Dunes, Tahosa, Peaceful Valley, Medicine Mountain (SD), and a Mountain Man Rendezvous. For his eagle project, Landeros constructed and painted a storage shed for the DCS Montessori outdoor classroom.
Richard Garnett Woodford, Jr. says he is grateful for the many things he has learned from scouting, including first aid, leadership skills, tying knots, teaching others, maintaining camping equipment, and surviving Klonderee, Troop 316’s annual winter campout. Woodford’s favorite scouting adventure was a campout near Mt. Rushmore in South Dakota. Woodford constructed and installed three bat houses along the Cherry Creek Trail in Parker for his eagle project.
All three of the young men attribute many of their life successes thus far to scouting, and they are honored to receive this prestigious scouting award.