Dana Point Times
Just 2 percent of all Boy Scouts go on to earn scouting’s highest achievement—that of the Eagle. And on Jan. 26, Dana Point’s own Brantlee Griffith joined their ranks by proving he had the character of an Eagle Scout through years of dedicated service to the scouts and his community.
The Eagle Scout honor requires young men to commit to years of outdoor learning, to community service projects and to holding leadership roles within the organization. Griffith, a senior at Dana Hills High School, surpassed the requirements and demonstrated he lives by scouting principals.
To earn the honor, Griffith embarked on a service project to benefit his church community. He designed and built three unique benches for Neighborhood Congregational Church in Laguna Beach that had recently removed grass for a low-water, eco-friendly garden.
“I wanted the benches to reflect the community,” Griffith said. “One uses skim-boards for the back of the bench to recognize the surf culture, another has a sunburst to show the beautiful sunsets.”
With a team of youth and adult volunteers, the project took more than 250 hours to complete. Outside of scouts, Griffith is an AP scholar, a varsity member of the cross country and track teams, viola section leader in the orchestra and president of the Junior Achievement Club.
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