Piedmont Council Eagle Projects

Eagle Scout is the highest rank available within Scouting. It requires staying active in the program for several years, earning 21 merit badges in various areas, providing leadership within one’s troop, and completing an Eagle project. Our council has a rich tradition of Scout participation as well as many Scouts achieving the rank of Eagle. Since 1921, when the Council was chartered, more than 1000 young men have achieved the rank of Eagle. In recent years, they have earned the Eagle rank at a rate of between 8 and 10% of our Scout community annually, more than twice the national average of 4%.

The service project is a significant and often final, step in achieving Eagle rank. The project is not as a “giant good deed.” Rather it is the culmination of years of work. It is a test of one’s planning and leadership skills.

Who benefits? Certainly the Scout and those who volunteer. Each has learned the value of contributing to society. The candidates certainly learned leadership and planning skills as well. However, our community has also benefitted: schools in Piedmont and Oakland, parks and local churches to name just a few, have received many thousands of hours of service. In fact, Piedmont Eagle projects are providing the equivalent of one continuous worker for 30 hours each and every week of the year.

The following summarizes projects from the past two years.

2014 Projects

Scout Name Troop Project Hours
Joseph Mirante 1 Rebuild trails in Joaquin Miller Park 64
Austin Sun 4 Built 20 foot dock extension for the Oakland Strokes at San Pablo Reservoir. 90
Nicholas Docter 4 Built down shooter to hold camera for Piedmont Middle School Animation class. 77
James Clifford 4 Built 15 birdhouses for Golden Gate Audubon Society. 116
Henry Taylor 15 Renovated and built cabinet with drawers and sink at Junior Center for Arts and Sciences in Oakland. 128
Louis Gerhardy 1 Replaced “No Dumping” signs on Piedmont Storm Drains. 106
Omar Abdul-Rahim 6 Created a lunch/study area at Oakland Tech High School, Oakland. Included benches, trees and ground base. 332
Russell Rivera 6 Built an elevated sleeping platform for Camp Augusta 292
Matthew Lennon 6 Refurbished the pantry at Oakland Elizabeth House, a transitional program for women with children who have experienced homelessness, violence, addiction, and/or poverty. 283.5
Brent Adams 6 Built a shingled wooden garden storage shed with shelves on a concrete slab for Linda Beach Elementary School 133
Alec Sieben 15 Built a flow-form (a water feature that mimics the way water moves in nature) for Piedmont Middle School. 96
Derek Cheung 1 Constructed signage and posts for Piedmont Middle School LearnScape Lunch Park. 154
Matthew Burge 1 Constructed a pentagonal planter box for the Piedmont Play School Sandbox. 95
Jonathan Mowat 11 Built bookshelves for Faith Network in Oakland. 159
Bryan Ford 1 Designed, constructed and installed a bench at Piedmont Community Church 182
Will Thacher 4 Built a playhouse for preschoolers at Piedmont Playschool. 270

2013 Projects

Scout Name Troop Project Hours
Adam Kurkjian 4 Constructed two redwood benches for Center of the Arts, Piedmont. 91.5
William McBain 4 Constructed storage bin and constructed shelves at Beach Elementary School sports facility. 93.5
Benjamin Wilson 4 Built and automated irrigation system for organic garden at Piedmont Middle School. 247
Connor Christiansen 4 Created large portable stage extension for Piedmont Center for the Arts. 118
Paul Robinson 11 Built a website for Blue Star Mother’s Alameda Piedmont Oakland Chapter—an organization to supporting their adult children serving in the armed forces. 56
Hunter Abel 1 Designed and created green room for Piedmont Center for the Arts. 75
Edward Adams 4 Built 3 composting bins and potting table for Linda Beach Elementary School, Piedmont. 167.2
Dylan Pike 1 Built storage benches to store children’s toys for Piedmont Play School. 146.4
Peter Lally 4 Built 3 planter boxes for Piedmont Avenue Elementary School and repaired several existing planter boxes. 104
Russell Jang 4 Built a 2-liter plastic bottle (recycled materials) greenhouse for Piedmont Middle School Green Team 510
Braeden Turner 15 Built 5 picnic tables with attached benches for Piedmont Middle School 125
Harrison Bouch 1 Converted Piedmont Center for the Arts into American Disabilities Act (ADA) compliant building. 231.5
Andrew Jara 15 Installed 9 bird houses and 2 owl boxes at Morcom rose Garden in Oakland 78
Cole Becker 4 Planted six trees in Dracena Park 68
Matthew Turney 11 Constructed 12 barn owl nesting boxes for Golden Gate Audubon Society 79.5
Drake Palmer 11 Distribute earthquake readiness information to residents of Piedmont 108
Michael Kiskaddon 15 Designed and constructed gravity chutes for additional playground activity at havens School in Piedmont. 42
Michael Landheer 4 Designed and constructed an amphitheater/outdoor classroom space for Piedmont Middle School. 82
Eric Liu 1 Restored two century-old monuments and renovated and replaced related signs 136