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July 6, 2010 > New Eagle Scout

New Eagle Scout

Submitted By Milan Goyal
Photos By courtesy of Milan Goyal

On April 25, 2010, Pulak Goyal received the rank of Eagle Scout at Troop 199's Court of Honor at Los Cerritos Community Center, Fremont. The Eagle Scout Award is the highest available to youth members of the Boy Scouts of America. Only four percent of Scouts progress to this level. To earn Scouting's highest award, Pulak had to earn 21 merit badges, serve as a leader in his troop and complete a major community service project.

Mission Peak District Commissioner Steve Armstrong opened the Court of Honor. The ceremony was organized and conducted by the Scouts of Troop 199. Pulak's friends and his primary school teacher, Ms. Priya, congratulated him on his drive and love of giving to the community. Pulak thanked his parents, Harish and Mamta Goyal, the scouts and adult leaders including Scoutmaster, Henry Allen, for their support.

Pulak joined Troop199 in September 2006. He has served the troop as Assistant Patrol Leader, Patrol Leader and Senior Patrol Leader.

His fondest memories of his first year as a boy scout include rapelling 160 feet at Moaning Caverns and visiting NUMMI car manufacturing plant in Fremont. High Adventure in Scouting took the form of a week-ling hiking trek at Grand Canyon and a week's canoeing on Klamath River in 2008.

For his Eagle Project, Pulak wanted to work on something that would benefit the City of Fremont's environment and that of the San Francisco Estuary. His Eagle Project entailed stencilling "Do not Dump; Drains to Bay" signs on 196 storm drains for the City of Fremont at three different properties, including Fremont Hub, Alta Mar Villas and Liberty Commons with the help of 20 volunteers.

Some of Pulak's best times in Scouting have been with his leadership friends. He attended San Francisco Bay Area Council's National Youth Leadership Training, known as "Brownsea," as a candidate and found a great outlet through which to help give back. This year will be Pulak's first year on Brownsea staff helping teach leadership to the younger Scouts.

Pulak is a junior at Mission San Jose High School and serves as the Junior Assistant Scout Master for Troop 199.

For more information about BSA Troop 199, Fremont, visit http://tinyurl.com/2ecdmdg

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