Staff Report

Boy Scout Troop 46 in Solvang recognized Carson Knight, Colby Young, Jordan Hall and Keller Haws as new Eagle Scouts recently at an Eagle Court of Honor. 

To become an Eagle Scout, each Boy Scout is required to demonstrate a combination of leadership, community service and outdoor skills. Throughout their journey to Eagle Scout, all four boys were active in the troop, served in a leadership role, and completed a minimum of 21 merit badges.

In addition to these requirements, each Scout led an Eagle Project that consisted of more than 80 hours of work and provided direct benefit to the community. 

Carson’s project was making blankets for The Painted Turtle Camp, which is a summer camp for kids with serious medical issues. Most campers are not eligible to attend other camps because of the severity of their medical issues. 

Each camper is given a blanket and a stuffed turtle to take home to remind them about camp throughout the year. Carson has attended The Painted Turtle Camp since second grade and understood the significance of the blankets to the campers.

For Colby’s project, with the help of many scouts, he designed and built owl boxes for the city of Solvang. 

Jordan’s project focused on his interest in the Theatre Club at Santa Ynez High School. The backstage area of the Little Theatre needed cleaning out and updating. He led a team that removed unneeded props and equipment, touched up the painted areas, built new shelving, organized the remaining props, and installed a new workbench to help with future prop building.

Keller’s project was internationally focused, addressing the needs of students at the Piyali Learning Center near Kolkata, India. Keller collected the materials needed to assemble more than 300 school kits. After leading his project, he was able to travel to India with local Rotarian Deepa Willingham to deliver the kits. 

The Eagle Court of Honor ceremony was attended by friends, family members, fellow Scouts, honored guests from the local scout district and their Eagle Project sponsors.