AJ Connell is an Eagle Scout – September 24th, 2013
AJ Connell became an Eagle Scout on Tuesday evening, September 24th, 2013 at the Palo Alto Boy Scout Service Center in an Eagle Scout Rank Board of Review. We congratulate AJ for reaching this significant mile-stone of his Scouting journey.
AJ started his Scouting career as a Tiger Cub with Pack 163, in Portola Valley. After moving to Menlo Park, and earning his Arrow of Light, he joined Troop 222 in 2007. He earned 35 merit badges. His leadership positions within the Troop include serving as Den Chief, Bugler, Assistant Patrol Leader, Patrol Leader, Assistant Senior Patrol Leader, and Senior Patrol Leader working with Scoutmaster David Fichou. He has attended 4 years of summer camp including Camp Oljato in 2007, 2008, and 2011, and Camp Emerald Bay in 2009.
He has participated in three Fifty Miler backpack trips with Troop 222 during the summers of 2011 (Emigrant Wilderness) and 2012 (Tahoe Rim Trail), and a Philmont trek during the summer of 2013. During the summer of 2009, AJ attended NYLT, and then in 2010 was a Council representative to the 100th Anniversary National Jamboree.
AJ’s Scout Leadership Service Project involved replacing existing horse shoe pits at Huddart Park. Over 208 hours went into this construction project. Expert help and advice were provided by Eagle Committee Chair Phil Hage and Gary Peterson, his Eagle Project Advisor.
AJ is a senior at Menlo Atherton High School. In addition to scouting, AJ plays trumpet in the M-A Jazz Band, and he also plays on the Varsity Golf team. AJ is actively involved with the MPPC High School Youth group and has traveled with them to Mexicali, Mexico over the last three spring breaks on mission trips. He hopes to return again in the spring of 2014.
We thank Duke Evans (Troop 222 Advancement Chair) for coordinating AJ’s Board of Review and also thank the members of the Board, which included Peggy Gluck (Redwood District Eagle Advisor), Ken Johnson, and Roy Thiele-Sardina. David Fichou (Troop 222 Scoutmaster) provided the introduction for the candidate. AJ did a great job on this final step in his journey to Eagle Scout. The board was very impressed with him and his thoughtful answers to their questions. As his scoutmaster, I was very proud of Mr. Connell and his stellar representation of Troop 222.
AJ has been supported by his parents, Kathy and William, his older sister Hilary, brother-in-law Scott, and nephew Luke. His grandfather, Robert Connell, was an active Boy Scout in Santa Barbara, California. His uncle, Charles Connell, attended the 50th Anniversary Jamboree in 1960. He follows cousin, Jacob Anderson, along with extended family members Robert James, David James, Doug James, Danny James, Kevin Moore, Aaron Henning, Benjamin Fouts, and Michael Fouts into the Eagle’s Nest.
Congratulations again, AJ!