Westchester Boy Scouts Jack Olson and Johnny Palmer will be honored with the highest award for scouting, the Eagle Scout Award, at a special Eagle Scout Court of Honor Sunday, February 10th.
The event is scheduled for 3 p.m. at Oceanside Christian Fellowship Church in El Segundo. Olson and Palmer are members of Westchester Troop 915, led by Scoutmaster Joe Apodaca and chartered to Our Savior Lutheran Church of Westchester.
To earn the Eagle Scout Award, the two Scouts had to advance through the Scout ranks of Tenderfoot, Second Class, First Class, Star and Life. They had to earn 21 merit badges of varying subjects, serve as a leader in their troop and complete a major community service project.
Olson’s service project took place at Our Savior Lutheran Church in Westchester and involved planning and directing work crews to reinforce an eroding hillside behind the church along a driveway to the local Little League baseball field.
After the dirt area near the field became a “messy walkway” for baseball fans and children during the baseball season, Olson decided to build a retaining planter wall. He spent over 25 hours planning and carrying out the project, and his work crews accumulated over 200 hours of community service building the retainer wall.
Palmer’s service project consisted of planning and leading a sports equipment drive to benefit the Boys & Girls Club by the Salesians in East Los Angeles. American Youth Soccer Organization (AYSO) region 7, Little League Baseball of Westchester, Loyola High School and other local organizations donated uniforms and equipment for the project.
Many individuals donated as well, including donations from St. Jerome’s parishioners and other Westchester residents. Fellow Westchester Boy Scout Troop 716 collected a large amount of equipment for the cause as well.
Through the project, over 250 balls, 400 uniforms, and a variety of other equipment for soccer, baseball, football, basketball, water polo and volleyball were donated to the Boys & Girls Club.
Olson, 18, a senior at Venice High School, has earned 21 merit badges and has served as a patrol leader and senior patrol leader.
He plans to attend West Los Angeles College and start training as a medical assistant.
Palmer, 16, a junior at Loyola High School, has earned 30 merit badges as a Boy Scout and has served as the troop guide, a role in which he mentored younger Scouts through their advancement.
He has also served as senior patrol leader.
Palmer is beginning the college planning process and hopes to pursue a career in sports journalism.