Daniel Terrazas and Philip Wong of Boy Scout Troop 67 of Santa Monica were recognized for achieving the Eagle Scout award, scouting’s highest honor, during a Court of Honor ceremony June 29th at the First United Methodist Church in Santa Monica.
Terrazas and Wong were awarded the rank of Eagle Scout in March.
The Eagle Scout award recognizes exemplary effort and leadership, and is attained by only two percent of all Boy Scouts. The awardees advance through the ranks of Scout to Life Scout and demonstrate proficiency in camping, citizenship, communication, emergency preparedness/lifesaving, environmental science, family life, first aid, personal fitness, personal management, and swimming.
Eagle candidates also must plan, coordinate and complete a community service project that provides significant benefit to the community.
Both young men from Troop 67 chose projects aimed at supporting their local community. Terrazas led a team that renovated the sacred herbal garden at Gabrielino Tongva Springs, an Indian state historical site at University High School in West Los Angeles. Wong directed his team in the construction of two lifeguard towers at the Aquatics Center of the Palisades-Malibu YMCA.
Terrazas, whose interests include video, films, and computer gaming, is an avid marksman and he is planning on attending LA Film School. Wong, whose interests include water polo, parkour, and running, intends to study computers and drama tech support at Santa Monica College.
Troop 67 is chartered by the First United Methodist Church at 1008 11th St., Santa Monica. The troop is over 70 years old, and is currently updating its alumni list.