On Sunday, March 27, 2016, Thomas became an Eagle Scout. His ceremony was held at the Claremont United Church of Christ, and family, friends and troop members came together to help celebrate.
Troop Leader Jim Martin made a speech about ratios describing how many Scouts accomplish various things. For example, he said out of every 100 Scouts who join, 30 will drop out. Only 1 out of 100 Scouts uses his skills to save the life of another, and only 2 out of 100 Scouts become Eagle Scouts. This speech was very moving.
Assistant Troop Leader John Campbell told a story about Thomas and how Thomas helped him when he needed to carry his gigantic duffle bag back to his truck at summer camp, all the way across the campsite. This story demonstrated how Thomas used his Scout spirit to be helpful.
Claremont Mayor Sam Pedroza came to the Court of Honor for Thomas and he made a speech about how he has known him for a long time. Thomas also made a speech about people who had helped him along his path to Eagle. Some of those people were our leader, Jim Martin, and the mom of one of his friends.
After the ceremony, we all ate dinner together. Everybody is proud of Thomas, and he is an inspiration to Scouts who want to take the path to Eagle.
Anza-Borrego was a really fun trip. It was a desert climate with mountains surrounding us. When we went on our first hike Saturday afternoon.
We took Palm Canyon Trail to a palm oasis, about 1.5 miles from our campsite. When we were about three-quarters of the way there, we saw some endangered big-horn sheep, who have a nice home in Anza-Borrego. They were running alongside the path we were on, about 10 feet away from us. After the big-horn sheep ran away, we continued to the palm oasis where we saw frogs, tadpoles and lots of palm trees.
Some of our Scouts got to visit the Anza-Borrego Visitors Center. We were able to learn about the history of Anza-Borrego by watching educational videos and by looking at the center’s animal displays. One thing we learned is that in the Triassic period, Anza-Borrego used to be a tropical beach, and there was water everywhere.
Later, all the Scouts got to see a presentation about mountain lions put on by a volunteer naturalist. We got to see videos and slideshows of mountain lions in the wild. We learned that mountain lions live only in North America and South America and they can’t roar. They make a bunch of different sounds, but not a gutteral roar. They can also spit.
Troop 407 had a lot of fun and learned a lot in Anza-Borrego.