Aditya Sriram, a member of Boy Scout Troop 7062 in American Canyon, recently completed the installation of an orienteering course at the Newell Open Space Preserve to fulfill one of the requirements for the Eagle Scout rank.
With the help of other Scouts and community leaders, Sriram developed, planned and executed the project, which creates a resource that will benefit the community, and gave him the opportunity to provide leadership to others.
The development and construction included designing the course, preparing a reliable map, building markers for control points and installing the markers over a 4-mile course. Sriram also worked with the Open Space Advisory Committee to provide assurances that the course would have a minimal environmental impact.
He registered the course with the Bay Area Orienteering Club so it can be enjoyed by others outside of Napa Valley. Orienteering, the use of map and compass to find locations and plan a journey, has been a vital skill for Scouts since the organization’s founding, and it seemed like a natural idea for an Eagle Scout project, Sriram said.
“I’ve seen the value in orienteering and navigational skills since I started hiking and backpacking with the troop, so when my parents suggested that I build an orienteering course here, I latched onto that idea,” he said. “Despite the challenges involved in coordinating and adjusting my initial plans to adhere to the guidelines that the city wanted me to follow, I continued with my idea, and the actual implementation of the project was made enjoyable with the participation of my fellow Scouts.”
Eagle Scout is the highest achievement attainable in Boy Scouts and is earned by only 4 percent of its members. Besides completing this project, the rank requirements include earning 21 merit badges, providing leadership to his troop and demonstrating that a Scout conducts his daily life in the spirit of scouting’s ideals.
According to his Scoutmaster, Sam Link, Sriram has completed these obligations admirably.
“Adi has consistently conducted himself in a manner exceeding his years,” said Link. “I expected him to take on a challenging Eagle project. His coordination with the Bay Area Orienteering Club, the City of American Canyon and the troop resources was exemplary. I know Adi has a strong foundation to succeed in life.”
During Sriram’s journey towards Eagle Scout, he has served in several different leadership positions, including senior patrol leader, is an active member in Scouting’s National Honor Society the Order of the Arrow, and has participated in numerous community service, fund raising and outdoor activities.
Next summer he will be crew leader for a seven-day backpacking excursion at the Philmont Scout Ranch in New Mexico. Sriram, a junior at American Canyon High School, is active in water polo, robotics and is a member the math honors society, Mu Alpha Theta.
Troop 7062 currently holds its meetings on Tuesday at 6:30 p.m. at the American Canyon Community Church. Those interested in learning more about Scouting should visit www.scouting.org/programs/boy-scouts or visit the troop website www.troopwebhost.org/Troop7062AmericanCanyon/Index.htm.