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December 3, 2010 > Eagle Court of Honor

Eagle Court of Honor

Submitted By Lin Chen

A special Eagle Court of Honor was held for three young adults Saturday, Nov. 27 at Irvington Presbyterian Church in Fremont. Jambu Andy Jambulingam, Darwin Yanlin Guan and Paul Daniel Loob have been together since starting as first grade Tiger Cubs in Pack447, Den 9, led by Gary Loob. They continued through Cub Scouts, earning the Cub Scout Arrow of Light. In 2003, Jambu and Darwin bridged to Troop 111 of Fremont, San Francisco Bay Area Council, sponsored by International Order of Odd Fellows. Paul joined Troop 153, and switched to Troop 111 in early 2006.

In order to attain the rank of Eagle Scout, a Scout has earned their initial badge, the Scout badge, and a minimum of 21 merit badges. Jambu, Paul, and Darwin have progressed through ranks of Tenderfoot, Second Class, First Class, Star and Life, serving in various scout leadership positions, including senior patrol leader, and finally helping one another complete major community service projects.

Jambu, graduated from Irvington High School, Fremont. He built and installed 13 benches at Weibel Elementary with help from his scout troop and friends for his Eagle Project. Jambu is a freshman at UC Irvine studying engineering.

Paul, who graduated from Mission San Jose High School, Fremont, led a group of Boy Scouts and adults to build shelters for the Fremont Animal Shelter. Paul is a student at Ohlone College with various interests, including a career in law enforcement.

Darwin graduated from Mission San Jose High School, Fremont. His Eagle Service Project was restoration of Hopkins Junior High School's front courtyard with a new bench, new plants and flowers after removing deteriorated metal railing. He mobilized over 110 hours of volunteer service from the community. Darwin now is a freshman at UC San Diego with a joint major of Economics and Mathematics, the recipient of an Intel scholarship.

Only 4% of scouts attained the rank of Eagle, the highest in scouting. It is even more special that these three young adults started their scouting journey together as Tiger Cubs in 1999. Now part of Troop 111, they stand before the community as proud young Eagles.

Troop 111 has produced 30 Eagle Scouts in the last ten years, a result of strong scout leadership and parent support. The current Scout Master is Martin Mueller; committee chair is Ron Fong. Rob Kavanagh, Kevin Coon and Mr. Addison are the most recent past Scout Masters for Troop 111. At the Eagle Court of Honor Darwin said, "Being a scout trained me to be a person prepared to work with unexpected circumstances and a variety of different people. I owe all the troop leaders and fellow scouts that helped me through my scouting experience so much, because I know I would not be the same person today if I hadn't been a Boy Scout."

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