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September 3, 2013 > Letter to the Editor: Eagle Scout welcomes his brother to Eagle status

Letter to the Editor: Eagle Scout welcomes his brother to Eagle status

On August 24, 2013, my brother, Milan Goyal received the rank of Eagle Scout at Troop 199's Court of Honor at Centerville Community Center in Fremont. Designation as Eagle Scout is the highest award for youth members of the Boy Scouts of America. Only four percent of Scouts progress to this level. To earn Scouting's highest award, Milan earned 26 merit badges, did 71 nights of camping, served as a leader in multiple positions in his troop, and completed a major community service project.

Mr. Skip Phair, a representative of our troop's sponsor, opened the Court of Honor. It was a wonderful ceremony run by the Scouts of Troop 199. Several people, including Milan's friends and his primary school teacher, Ms. Priya congratulated Milan on his drive and love of giving to the community. Milan thanked his family, the Scouts, and adult leaders including the Scoutmaster, Mr. Henry Allen for their support.

Milan joined scouting in September 2006 as a Webelo scout in Pack 120. He transitioned to Boy Scouts by joining troop 199.

Milan's fondest memories in Boy Scouts include ziplining at Moaning Caverns, canoeing on the elm river, and attending numerous scouting summer and leadership camps throughout northern California. He has biked and hiked all six Rim Rover trails in the Bay Area multiple times.

For his Eagle Project, Milan worked with Ohlone Wildlife Humane Society's Angela Hartman, He constructed and installed nine 18'' x 18'' x 24'' owl boxes for the conservation of the city's barn owls. Since the diet of barn owls consists of small rodents, Milan's project helped promote the use of "natural pesticides."

Some of Milan's best times in Scouting have been with his leadership friends. Milan has attended San Francisco Bay Area Council's National Youth Leadership Training, named "Brownsea". This year was Milan's third year on Brownsea staff helping teach leadership to younger scouts. He served as Senior Team Leader, one of the highest leadership responsibilities in the program.

Milan is a Senior at Mission San Jose High School.

I am really proud of my brother Milan's achievement and can't wait to see what he accomplishes in the future.

Pulak Goyal

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