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June 29, 2010 > Eagle Scout project

Eagle Scout project

Submitted By Nelson Kirk

Timothy Alarcon of Boy Scouts of America Troop 273 has completed his Eagle Scout project at the Holly Community Center in Union City. As a child, Alarcon lived a stone's throw from the Holly Community Center where he attended camps that he thoroughly enjoyed. He wanted to give back to his beloved city and someday say "hey, I did this for the kids."

Alarcon landscaped two patio areas and another area around the community center. He used drought-tolerant plant material in accordance with Bay Friendly practices. Bay Friendly landscaping endorses seven disciplines - conserving energy, water & air quality, landscape locally, nurture the soil, wildlife habitat, less landfill and water conservation. Alarcon's project observed all of these disciplines. He also installed a bench on one of the patios. Union City Public Works employees Alex Quintero and Matt Bauchou helped Alarcon set up the project and assisted with the installation work.

Eagle Scout is the highest attainable rank in Boy Scouting and requires years of dedication and hard work. Scouts must demonstrate proficiency in leadership, service and outdoor skills at multiple levels, earning 21 merit badges and completing a leadership project before achieving the Eagle rank. Less than five percent of Boy Scouts earn the Eagle rank.

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