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Mason Dillard and Miles Thomas Receive the Rank of Eagle Scouts

Mason Howard Dillard

Mason Dillard has earned the highest scouting honor one can receive, the rank of Eagle Scout. As Mason’s Eagle service project he choose to refurbish a garden located at The Ronald McDonald House in Pasadena, CA. Mason Dillard - Miles Thomas

Mason Howard (far left) and Miles Campbell (far right) with Scout Leaders Mr. Few and Mr. Stubblefield

During this project Mason cleared the land to allow new growth to take place as well as helped to install a new bench and giving the garden its name “The Serenity Garden” His project will enhance and help create a relaxing area for families using the facility. Attaining the rank of an Eagle Scout will give Mason experience that he has always wanted to achieve as well as represent all the skills and knowledge he has obtained over the years as a Boy Scout. While a member of La Salle High School basketball team Mason has used his Boy Scout training to take the lead when diffi cult situations have arisen to encourage his fellow team members to stick to the team goals in leading by example. As well as applying these principals to basketball Mason has been able to carry over the Boy Scout drive into his study habits.

As a member of Troop 40, that was established in the community during a very adverse time, the leaders of this troop Mr. Few and Mr. Stubblefi eld were committed to developing leader’s specifi cally, young boys of color. By achieving the rank of Eagle, Mason has fulfi lled this mission. Mason stands ready, well trained and able to represent a new generation of African American young men who are leaders in HIS community. He is a role model that young Black scouts can look up to. Leadership rather than gang violence is an achievable option. Mason is very proud to have participated in boy scouts and to have been a member of Troop 40 who told Mason, he could become an Eagle at the mere young age of 11. “They believed in me and now as an eagle I believe in myself.”

Miles Thomas Campbell

Pasadena native Miles Campbell has earned Scouting's highest honor, the rank of Eagle Scout. This honor has only been bestowed on 2 percent of members since scouting's inception in 1911. Miles joins a group of outstanding individuals that include President Gerald Ford, Stephen Spielberg and New York Mayor Michael Bloomberg.

Miles is a member of Troop 40, based in Northwest Pasadena. The troop was founded in 1994 as a joint collaboration of the Pasadena Police and Fire Departments with First AME Church, Pasadena, after the senseless murders of three innocent trick-or-treaters by gang youths in Pasadena.

Miles joins fifteen other fi ne African-American and Hispanic- American young men from Troop 40 who have also achieved this honor. Miles, a senior at Pasadena High School, is an accomplished scholar, musician and student government leader who will attend Hampton University in the fall. Miles' achievement also creates a family tradition; Miles' proud father was also an Eagle Scout.


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