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May 27, 2011 > Picnic in a beauty spot

Picnic in a beauty spot

By Simon Wong; Photo courtesy of Nelson Kirk

Irvington High School student Christopher Lin is on his way to becoming an Eagle Scout. He completed his Eagle project at Cesar Chavez Park/Old Alvarado Park, Union City, at the end of April.

Lin and his crew of volunteers improved a picnic area by constructing a 72-foot seat wall, planting flowering trees and vines and reviving a faded flower bed with Bay-friendly flowering shrubs. Lin also painted the picnic tables, barbeques, benches and the horse-shoe pit walls. Mulch was added to the area to retain moisture and the automatic irrigation system also repaired. Many families will enjoy the beauty spot this summer and in the years to come.

"Christopher and his helpers did a great job to improve this picnic area. We are continuing to improve the site further after his project's contribution," said Nelson Kirk, Grounds Supervisor, Union City Public Works Department.

Lin became a Boy Scout mid-way through the eighth grade. After four-and-a-half years, he has earned all 21 merit badges that are required for Eagle. A dozen are compulsory, the remainder elective. His elective merit badges include Pioneering, Rifle Shooting, Forestry, Geology, Fishing and Cooking.

In his search for a suitable undertaking for his Eagle Scout Project, while volunteering for several other friends' projects in the area, he took the initiative by asking if other improvements were needed.

The project took 10 months from start to finish. Preparation entailed many drafts of the project proposal for eventual approval by both the Troop Committee and the District. The final version contained 70-pages. The process of constant revision taught Lin much about writing plans and how to motivate himself and others. He is grateful for the advice of Assistant Scoutmaster Mrs. Tipton King and to all for their help and mentorship.

"Successful completion of the project means I am a step closer to earning my Eagle and is a major accomplishment. Becoming an Eagle Scout means a lot to me. First, it means I have reached and attained the highest rank of scouting; it's a great honor for a young individual. It also means I'm slowly closing a chapter of my life and the completion of my Eagle would be the crowning achievement of stage of my scouting career," reflected Lin.

The 17-year old will attend UCLA in the Fall. In the meantime, he plans to pass his "Board of Review," complete his Eagle and graduate from high school.

For more information about Scouting within the San Francisco Bay Area Council, visit www.sfbac.org. Alternatively contact Joe Barton at (510) 577-9227 and joeb@sfbac.org or Steve Armstrong at starmstr@comcast.net about the different scouting units in the Mission Peak District (serves Fremont, Union City and Newark) and Tres Ranchos District (serves Hayward, Castro Valley, San Lorenzo and San Leandro).

For more information about Scouting within the Santa Clara County Council, visit www.scccbsa.org. Alternatively, contact Ken Schott at (408) 280-5088 or ken@scccbsa.org about the different scouting units in the Coyote Creek District (serves Edenvale, Evergreen, Milpitas, Berryessa, Alum Rock, Mt. Pleasant, parts of downtown and East San Jose).

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