Genaro Lozano Earns Eagle Scout by Building Recycling Display

   Boy Scouts are a constant, positive presence in our community- and Troop 91 Boy Scout Genaro Lozano is no different. The Orcutt Academy junior recently completed his Eagle Scout Service Project, and had a lot to say about his experience.        

Becoming an Eagle Scout is the final step in the journey of a Boy Scout. Scouts work their way through seven ranks, learning practical lifelong skills along the way. As an Eagle Scout candidate, the focus is on leadership. For a scout to transition from Life Scout to Eagle Scout, he must lead and organize a service project dedicated to helping a non-profit organization of his choice.

For Genaro’s eagle scout project, he worked with the Santa Lucia Ranger District to build a portable display which helps teach children about recycling. The display covers three main topics: what recycling centers do, how trash impacts the environment, and how trash affects wildlife. Genaro says, “I think [the display] is going to be useful for teaching kids about why recycling matters and how trash impacts the environment.”

       Upon the completion of this project (and some paperwork), Genaro has achieved the rank of Eagle Scout. Genaro said becoming an Eagle Scout definitely wasn’t easy, but he had fun doing it. “I look back on it as one of the greatest things I’ve ever done.” He highly recommends Boy Scouts, and believes any young man can become an Eagle Scout. In addition to Scouting, Genaro gets great grades, plays soccer, and runs track and cross country. He says, “If you want something, there is nothing in your way if you set your mind to it.”

Genaro’s project will be unveiled on Earth Day in April, and will used at schools throughout Santa Barbara County to supplement the study of recycling.

Information about local troops can be found on the Boy Scouts of America website, Scouting starts with Cub Scouts in 1st grade and continues with Boy Scouts through high school.  

Trenton Kozel  reporting

Eagle Scout Oath

I affirm my allegiance to the three promises of the Scout Oath.

I thoughtfully recognize and take upon myself the obligations and responsibilities of an Eagle Scout. On my honor, I will do my best to make my training an example and my status and my influence count strongly for better Scouting and for better citizenship in my troop, in my community, and in my contacts with other people.

To this I pledge my sacred honor.