Two more Boy Scouts from Westmoreland have attained scouting's highest honor

DAVID F. ASHTON - Meet the two newest Eagle Scouts in Westmorelands Boy Scout Troop 64: Luca Gregston of Cleveland High, left, and Ryan Cechini of LaSalle High School. Once again, Boy Scout Troop 64, of America Cascade Pacific Council Lewis & Clark District, has recognized with the Eagle Scout rank, two more young men – at an "Eagle Court of Honor" ceremony on the evening of June 3, in the Community Room of Moreland Presbyterian Church.

"Becoming an Eagle Scout is the highest rank that a young man can earn as a Boy Scout," remarked Scoutmaster Tom Armstrong. "Both of these young men, Luca Gregston and Ryan Cechini, have been active in Scouting for number of years. Becoming an Eagle Scout is a combination of earning merit badges, attaining leadership in the troop, and providing community service."


agle Scout Luca Gregston

Cleveland High School senior Luca Gregston said he's been in Scouting for eight years, starting in the "Webelos" level (We'll Be Loyal Scouts).

"Most important thing about Scouting to me is that I've been able to both learn so much, and also teach others; when you put more into scouting, you get more out of it," Gregston said.

Gregston remarked that he considers learning lifesaving skills to be important. "But, as important, is learning to teach younger Scouts leadership by example."

His Eagle Scout candidate project was planting – and recruiting other Scouts to plant – 1,400 native shrubs and bushes near Sellwood Riverfront Park, just south of the Oaks Bottom Wildlife Refuge, thus restoring a former trail at Oaks Crossing to its natural condition.

Eagle Scout Ryan Cechini

Some might say that, as Woodstock resident Ryan Cechini heads into his sophomore year at LaSalle High School, he's remarkably young for achieving the rank of Eagle Scout.

"It's true, I am a bit on the younger side, but I've been working with Scouting for quite a while; the time has flown by, and it's been a nice journey," Cechini grinned.

While he has enjoyed learning a wide variety of subjects, "I just love being outdoors and camping; it's been a real pleasure to escape the city and be in nature."

For his project, Cechini – and the Scouts he recruited to help with the project – reorganized the Portland Animal Welfare Team's pet food storage area.

Asked how it happens that Westmoreland's Troop 64 has had so many Boy Scouts become Eagle Scouts, Armstrong responded, "Each Eagle Scout sets an example for the next round of upcoming Scouts; so the positive energy builds, year after year. It's pretty neat to see."

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