Achieving Together

For Boy Scout Troop 616, 2016 was a year of extraordinary accomplishments. Twelve boys in the troop earned the rank of Eagle Scout. “The Scouts range in age from 13 to 17, and attaining the rank Eagle Scout represents the culmination of many years of work on advancement, merit badges, camping, and the Eagle Project,” explained Paul Honeycutt, Scoutmaster, who is an Eagle Scout himself.

After celebrating another Scout who earned his rank in early 2017, the troop boasts 127 Eagle Scouts among its members and alumni. Success is a team effort. “With the help of many assistant scoutmasters, committee members, and involved parents working in the background, a fertile ground for advancement was laid over many years,” Paul said.


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Jonathan Cederquist designed and constructed a bridge that spans a brow ditch in Poway on a well-used multipurpose trail.

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Aiden Tait built gun racks for the South Bay Rod and Gun Club’s Junior Rifle Program, which develops safety and marksmanship.

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Quinn Gorham led the construction of two workbenches with cabinets for a second grade class at Dingeman Elementary School.

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David Linton led the construction of a three-bin wood and wire compost box for the Miramar Ranch Elementary School Garden

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David Hickman replaced the lawns of the Episcopal Church Center with native and drought-resistant plants and rocks to reduce water usage.

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Carson Leighty led the rebuilding of the Scripps Ranch Little League bullpen pitching mounds using artificial turf, which will last for years to come.

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Zak McGaugh led volunteers in building a sturdy and beautiful bench for the Scripps Ranch High School band and orchestra program.

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For the Scripps Miramar Ranch Library’s 25th anniversary, Brett Benzie designed and led the construction of a speaker’s podium and a time capsule.

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Alex Lawson designed and led the construction of two cello racks for the Scripps Ranch High School Orchestra.

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Nicholas Fernandez led the installation of an irrigation system in four planter boxes at the Miramar Ranch Elementary School Garden.

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Cohl Tabor supervised the replacement of a falling fence at the gravesite of Anton Knetchel, a farmer who helped with the growth and establishment of Carmel Valley.


Not pictured: Michael Huang designed and installed three benches at Scripps Ranch High School.