Orinda Boy Scouts Troop 303 Celebrates Proud New Eagle Scouts

(Paul Dolan, Photographer)
Six Orinda Scouts were honored in June for earning the highest rank of Eagle Scout (L-R) Cyrus Claassen, Alex Kohr, Nicolai Bell, Paulo Obnial, Logan Lee and Henry Dreessen, in the Orinda Boy Scouts of America Troop 303.

    In June, Boy Scouts of America (BSA) Troop 303 of Orinda held an Eagle Court of Honor at Orinda Community Church to commemorate six Scouts, each of whom recently obtained scouting’s highest rank, Eagle Scout.
    Honorees included Nicolai Bell, Cyrus Claassen, Henry Dreessen, Alex Kohr, Logan Lee and Paulo Obnial. Bell recently graduated from Campolindo High, while the others graduated from Miramonte High.
    Eagle Scout is the highest achievement or rank attainable in scouting with the BSA. Since the organization’s inception in 1911, only 4% of Scouts have earned the topmost rank after a lengthy process and active participation in their troop.
    To obtain the rank of Eagle Scout, candidates must earn a minimum of 21 merit badges, including 13 Eagle-required badges, demonstrate leadership and Scout spirit and successfully complete an Eagle service project benefiting the community.
    Owen Pines, who was awarded his Eagle last June, and Bruce McGurk, chair of the Briones District of Scouts BSA’s Golden Gate Area Council, presided over the ceremony. Orinda Mayor Dennis Fay presented each scout with an official proclamation of the Orinda City Council, declaring officially June 12 as Nicolai Bell Day, June 13 as Cyrus Claassen Day, June 14 as Henry Dreessen Day, June 15 as Alex Kohr Day, June 16 as Logan Lee Day and June 17 as Paulo Obnial Day.
    Representatives of the Office of State Assembly Member Rebecca Bauer-Kahan also attended. County Supervisor Candace Anderson and State Senator Steve Glazer sent awards to be presented 
to the Scouts.
    The Scouts’ Eagle Scout service projects benefitted the Orinda Nature Area (ONA), adjacent to Wagner Ranch Elementary School, and Orinda Village Grove for the City of Orinda.
    Bell built an ADA-compliant trail at ONA to provide access to gathering areas and the Nature Area trails. Claassen planned and oversaw the construction of two picnic tables to replace worn tables and a large crafts table at ONA. Dreessen constructed a wood structure, designed a trail map and installed a high-quality sign that highlights the great one-mile nature hike and includes key sites at ONA. Kohr refurbished the 50’ wooden, foot bridge that spans across the duck pond in the ONA. Lee constructed three long-lasting tables using composite material for the Olive Festival at ONA. Obnial restored and rebuilt the historical map of the Orinda Village Grove for the City of Orinda.
    A beneficiary of the projects, Toris Jaeger of Orinda Nature Area, offered her thanks to the boys as well.
    The newly confirmed Eagle Scouts thanked their Scout leaders, community, parents and fellow Scouts who helped them along their journey to achieve this rank and honor.
    Scout Troop 303 (303B & 3030G) serves boys and girls in Orinda, California and the surrounding communities. The troop has been serving the Lamorinda area since 1964 with Orinda Rotary the Troop’s sponsoring organization. The troop is a member of the Briones District of the Golden Gate Area Council of the BSA and currently has over 60 Scouts. 
    The Troop generally meets one Monday night a month from 7 – 8:30 p.m. at St. Stephen’s Episcopal Church in Orinda. In addition, scouts are expected to make time for one patrol meeting a month to plan patrol outings and activities.
    For more information, go to https://www.troopwebhost.org/Troop303Orinda/Index.htm.

John Claassen can be reached at john@cmpc.law.

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