Two Westchester teenagers who are members of Boy Scout Troop 2 in Santa Monica have been honored as Eagle Scouts, the highest rank in scouting.
Curtis Scott Corbett and Kevin Gunnell were recognized for the achievement during the troop’s Winter Court of Honor at the First United Methodist Church of Santa Monica Jan. 29.
The Eagle rank honors exemplary effort, leadership, and service. Only 2 percent of Boy Scouts are said to achieve the rank.
In addition to demonstrating proficiency in first aid, citizenship, camping, swimming, emergency preparedness, and many other skills, Eagle candidates must coordinate and complete a community service project that demonstrates significant leadership abilities.
Corbett, a senior at Santa Monica High School, designed, built, and installed a portable stage for the Children’s Ministry at University Christian Church. Gunnell, a senior at Westchester High School, painted and provided needed improvements to the outdoor basketball courts at Lincoln Middle School in Santa Monica. Dozens of Troop 2 Scouts joined in each of the projects.
Troop 2 is one of the oldest and largest Boy Scout troops in the Western United States, a troop spokesperson said. In its 64-year history, Troop 2 has graduated 294 Eagle Scouts and traveled to scout camps and high adventure destinations throughout the United States.