August 21, 2012
Scouts earn Eagle rank
Two Boy Scouts from Bellevue Troop 626 — David Adams and Kevin Hays — earned the rank of Eagle Scout, Scouting’s highest honor, at a recent court of honor ceremony at the Bellevue Community Center.
For his Eagle service project, David designed and led the construction of a wheelchair-accessible gardening table for mentally handicapped clients of the Tavon Center. On the road to Eagle, David earned 22 merit badges, spent many weekends camping and provided countless hours of community service. David was very involved in troop leadership, taking on roles such as historian, troop guide, patrol leader and ultimately senior patrol leader.
Throughout his years in the troop he experienced the outdoors in the usual campouts, such as Camporee and summer camp, but also had the pleasure to experience the boundary waters of Minnesota and Canada through his 95-mile, five-day high adventure canoeing trip, Northern Tier.
David graduated from Liberty High School, where he participated in the service-oriented groups Key Club, Honor Society and the Liberty Welcome Crew. He swam as a member of the Liberty swim team, the Issaquah Swim Team and is currently on the Maple Hills Swim Team. He is an avid Rubik’s Cube speed-cuber, enjoys online games and works at the Newcastle YMCA as a swim instructor and lifeguard. He is attending the University of California, Berkeley, in the fall to study engineering.
Kevin joined Troop 626 in 2005, and during his years as a Boy Scout earned 22 merit badges and enjoyed numerous camping treks and summer camps. Kevin served as patrol leader and assistant senior patrol leader, and was the den chief for a neighboring Cub Scout den.
Kevin’s Eagle project involved removing the invasive plant Scotch broom from a local meadow. The meadow now provides a scenic view for local citizens and an environment that encourages plants and animals to flourish within Coal Creek Park.
Aside from Scouting, Kevin is a competitive swimmer. Kevin swam for the Liberty High School swim team for four years and served as co-captain his senior year. He is currently finishing up his last season with the Issaquah Swim Team and Maple Hills Swim Team after several years of competition. Kevin is also a Rubik’s Cube speed-cuber and is the current world record holder in the 6x6x6 Rubik’s Cube event.
Kevin graduated from Liberty and plans to attend Washington University in St. Louis this fall. He will pursue math and computer science degrees while competing for the WashU swim team.