James Hoffman became an Eagle Scout on Tuesday evening, June 24, 2014, at the Palo Alto Boy Scout Service Center in an Eagle Scout Rank Board of Review. We congratulate Jim for reaching this significant milestone of his Scouting journey.
Jim began in scouting when he joined Troop 222 as a sixth grader in 2007. During his time with the troop, Jim has earned 25 merit badges. His leadership positions within the troop include Assistant Patrol Leader, Patrol Leader, Instructor and Historian. As Historian, Jim consolidated and organized the troop’s photo collection into a single location with a standardized structure.
Jim has attended several years of summer scout camp, including Camp Oljato, Camp Chawanakee and Camp Emerald Bay on Catalina Island, and has participated in many backpack trips with Troop 222. This past summer Jim was part of Crew 3 at Philmont Scout Ranch in Northern New Mexico, hiking 76 miles through stormy weather to the top of the Tooth of Time and Mount Baldy. Jim ranks the Philmont experience as one of the most significant in his life. In one of his college application essays, Jim reflected on how the Boy Scouts, and Philmont in particular, had helped him mature: “I realized that keeping in mind the bigger picture and maintaining the discipline to stay on track is a great indicator of maturity. Since then I have had additional opportunities to apply this mindset to setbacks that might previously have thrown me off course. I am thankful for the opportunity that the Philmont challenge gave me to develop an outlook that I believe will be invaluable as I transition to adulthood.”
For his Scout Leadership Service Project, Jim planned, organized and supervised a significant landscape project at Las Lomitas Elementary School, where he had attended from kindergarten through third grade. Jim found this project through Sue Sartor, who was his kindergarten teacher and is now principal of the school. The project involved turning a 30’ x 70’ bare dirt slope into a gorgeous, fully landscaped grassy knoll, where the children can lounge during their lunch periods. Jim worked with Ms. Sartor and the school’s groundskeeper to plan the project. Jim then met with local garden and landscape businesses to arrange for donated materials and equipment, and to schedule their delivery in the proper sequence over the course of the work period. After preparing the area by rototilling 20 cubic yards of top soil into the dirt area, Jim and his work crew trenched and installed a full perimeter sprinkler system. Finally, they installed sod and three trees. This project involved more than 132 hours of work. The entire Las Lomitas Elementary School community has expressed their gratitude to Jim and Troop 222 for this significant improvement to the school grounds.
Jim recently graduated from Menlo-Atherton High School and will attend Loyola Marymount University in Los Angeles beginning in August. At M-A, Jim played on the tennis team all four years. At LMU, Jim is planning a double major in Economics and Finance, while continuing in club tennis.
We thank Duke Evans (Troop 222 Advancement Chair) for coordinating Jim’s Board of Review and also thank the members of the Board, which included Peggy Gluck (Redwood District Eagle Advancement Chair), Ken Johnson, Thomas Dollente and Duke Evans. David Fichou (Troop 222 Scoutmaster) provided the introduction for the candidate. Jim did a great job on this step in his journey to Eagle Scout. The board was pleased with him and his thoughtful answers to their questions. As his scoutmaster, I was very proud of Mr. Hoffman and his representation of Troop 222.
Jim has been supported by his father William Hoffman, mother Barbara Hoffman, and older sister Sarah Hoffman.
Congratulations again, Jim!