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Boy Scout Troop 509 held its Spring Court of Honor and Eagle Court of Honor on May 28 at von Karman Auditorium at Jet Propulsion Laboratory where Adam and Brian O'Toole of La Cañada were presented with the Eagle Scout Award.

June 10, 2004

ADAM O'TOOLE

Adam was born on Dec. 18, 1986 and has lived in many places, including Texas, before settling in California. He is now finishing his junior year at St. Francis High School. He achieves excellent grades, is currently enrolled in four AP classes and one honors, and is on the Scholar Roll and a member of Mu Alpha Theta. O'Toole passionately is involved in varsity football and dedicates much of his time to it. He rises at 5 a.m. on school days and lifts weights at 6 a.m. He also competed in track and swimming as well. O'Toole volunteers at Huntington Memorial Hospital and has received the Congressman David Drier Youth Volunteer Award three years in a row.

O'Toole started out as a Tiger Cub in Annunciation School in Arcadia, moving up to Cub Scouts at St. Bede's Troop 507, and joined Troop 509 in March of 1998 serving subsequently in a variety of leadership positions. He has been to many campouts and day hikes, and enjoyed the Boy Scout activities greatly. He has been to Camp Trask numerous times, and worked there for two weeks during the summer of 2002. O'Toole went to the National Scout Jamboree at Fort A. P. Hill, Virginia and spent 10 days beforehand touring the East Coast, even visiting the World Trade Centers on July 17, 2001. Another memorable outing Adam experienced was Philmont. He went with his dad on a 10-day trek and luckily his dad brought along stitches to stitch Adam up after he was hit in the nose with a rock. It was an honor for him to be elected as an Order of the Arrow member in 2003.

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O'Toole is a parishioner at St. Bede parish and whatever interest he is pursuing, it is with his faith. While a Cub Scout, Catholic faith was always important to him, and so he was able to earn - through many hours of work-the Catholic medals of Light of Christ and Parvule Dei. As a Boy Scout he had the honor to obtain the Pope Pius XIl and Ad Altare Dei medals. These Boy Scout Catholic religious awards are given to a select few who, through hard work and dedication, are committed to learning about their Catholicism and increasing their spiritual growth.

For his Eagle Project, O'Toole painted a map of the United States on the playground of Paradise Canyon Elementary. Each state is a different color and has the abbreviations spray painted inside. This will serve as an educational aid for the students and will provide them with recreation during recess while learning at the same time.

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