Evan Edwards is a native of La Cañada, born on Sept. 2, 1989. He is the eldest of three, having two sisters: Megan, who is 15, and Anna 14. In the first grade, Evan joined Cub Scout Pack 310 in La Crescenta. While in Cub Scouts, Evan earned the God and Family Award as well as the Arrow of Light. As a Cub, Evan enjoyed his first camping experiences, making new friends, and building Pinewood Derby cars with his Dad.
In 2001, Evan joined Boy Scout Troop 509. The emphasis on outings, high adventure, scout initiative, and leadership made Troop 509 a great choice and a wonderful scouting experience. Many leaders and parents contributed greatly to Evan's enjoyment and development as a scout and young man. Among them were Richard Key, Michael Williams, and David Sagal.
While in scouts, Evan served as Patrol Leader, Troop Guide, and Chaplain. In 2003, the Oak Badge Leadership Conference provided Evan with valuable training in leadership skills. He received instruction and guidance in planning, goal setting, communication, teaching, and delegation, skills which will serve him throughout his life.
Evan enjoyed many memorable scouting adventures. Summer camps at Cherry Valley on Catalina Island and Lost Valley Ranch near San Diego, mountain bike trips on Mt. Pinos, a canoe trip down Black Canyon near Hoover Dam, back packing in the Angeles Crest Forest, and the highlight; Philmont Scout Expedition, a ten day backpack and hike into the Philmont Reserve in New Mexico.
For his Eagle Service Project, Evan designed and built five poured-in-place concrete benches at Palm Crest Elementary School. This process included building formwork, setting rebar, and pouring and finishing the concrete. The project required much planning and organizing through the many stages of development. This was a great learning experience for Evan, and piqued his interest in building and engineering. Completing a project of this scope has given him the confidence to tackle other new and complex challenges.
A senior at La Cañada High School, Evan has enjoyed playing on the varsity soccer team. He is involved in his local church as well as Young Life. In the fall, Evan will be attending San Jose State University with a major in civil engineering.
Scouting has exposed Evan to things that other activities never could have done. The ideals that Boy Scouts uphold are ones he will carry with him the rest of his life. Evan is truly thankful to all the people who have helped and encouraged him along the road to Eagle, and proud to have been a part of JPL Troop 509.