By Kelly Ohriner
A senior and a sophomore Eagle Scout each earned Crescent Bay District Summit Awards.
Stephen Carr â12, a member of troop 223, and Jack Kuhlenschmidt â10, a member of troop 23, were honored with the Summit Award for their excellence in scouting by the Crescent Bay District, Western Los Angeles County Council of Boy Scouts of America.
Both Carr and Kuhlenschmidt are Eagle Scouts, which is the highest rank in scouting at the national level of Boy Scouts of America.
The Summit Award, which Carr and Kuhlenschmidt received on Nov. 19, is given to recognize youth and adult excellence within the county.
Kuhlenschmidt was honored for his contributions to the community that went beyond what he did to earn his Eagle Scout Award, which he recieved in freshman year.
Many of Kuhlenschmidtâs projects reflected his Eagle Scout values.
For one of his projects, he conducted five interviews, each of which was about 30 minutes long, with United States veterans from foreign wars including World War II, the Korean War and the Vietnam War, for the Veteranâs History Project.
After editing and packaging these interviews, Kuhlenschmidt submitted the final product to the Library of Congress, Washington, D.C.
The final project is now archived there at the National Folklife Center.
This project combined the video production skills Kuhlenschmidt acquired in his Video Art classes in school with his Eagle Scout values.
Three of the veterans Kuhelnschmidt interviewed went to the Award Luncheon to celebrate his scouting commendation with him.
“Although I was extremely excited to win the award, the most rewarding part was interviewing the veterans,” Kuhlenschmidt said. “Their stories gave me a new appreciation for the armed forces.”
Like Kuhlenschmidt, Carr was also awarded for his contributions beyond the fufillment of his Eagle Scout Award.
Carr conducted his Eagle Scout project working with the organization People Assisting the Homeless.
At P.A.T.H., Carr realized that there is a need to publicize and educate about non-profit organizations like P.A.T.H.
This revelation inspired Carr to write and direct a video.
All aspects of production were done by Carrâs fellow troop members.