Along the Scouting Trails

May 20, 2010

Holden Kilbride new Eagle Scout

Holden Kilbride, of Boy Scout Troop 501 from La Cañada Congregational Church, has earned the rank of Eagle Scout. This honor follows his 12 years in Scouting, starting as a Tiger Cub, and continuing through Webelos with Paradise Canyon, Pack 519.

As a Cub Scout, Holden earned the Arrow of Light. He has great memories of his Cub Scout days, particularly the Pinewood Derby and many Scout trips and hikes.


As a Boy Scout, Holden has held the leadership positions of senior patrol leader, assistant senior patrol leader and troop guide. He also attended the Oak Badge National Youth Leadership Training camp.

Holden’s Eagle project involved the restoration of a multipurpose room in the Community Center of La Cañada Flintridge. He and his fellow Scouts spent two weekends painting, cleaning, patching walls, priming drywall, removing blinds, sanding handrails, and applying new wall molding. Holden’s project gave him an opportunity to give back to the Community Center, where he attended numerous after-school programs, as well as preschool.

Holden credits his Scouting achievements to Scoutmaster Ken Deans, Eagle Adviser David Van Wyk, Troop Rank Advancement Coordinator Carol DeFond and the parents who have spent their time making it all happen. He also learned from special troop contributors El Rey Ensch and Steve Silsbee.

Holden graduates from La Cañada High School in June and will attend the University of Arizona, where he has been accepted in the pre-business program.

Pack 519 take spring hike in the Arroyo

Cub Scouts from Paradise Canyon Pack 519 on Sunday hiked the Arroyo Seco Trail from the Rose Bowl in Pasadena to the San Pasqual Stables in South Pasadena, making a brief stop at the casting pond in the Lower Arroyo Seco.

The Cub Scouts completed the five-mile hike in good spirits. Next month the pack will go to Joshua Tree National Park for a spring camp-out.

Council Jamboree at Bonelli Park

Verdugo Hills Council of Boy Scouts, which serves La Cañada Flintridge and other communities, is joining with the San Gabriel Valley Council to co-host a Centennial Council Jamboree at Frank G. Bonelli Regional Park in San Dimas on Friday and Saturday.

The event will feature Scouting skills competitions and other activities for youths and adults, including the Plywood Regatta, when Scouts will race kayaks they’ve built.

Visitors are welcome at the Jamboree on Saturday, when activities will get underway at 9 a.m. Admission for an all-day pass is $10 for children over age 5 and free for adults.

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