Guest post by Jenay Ross, USC journalism student: An important value and tradition of the Boys Scouts of America is helping the community. Ethan Lipson, a senior at Alhambra High School in Martinez, found himself at the Food Bank when he was in search of places where he could do an Eagle Project, or service project.
His scout master suggested a food drive for Ethan’s project, so he went to the Food Bank where they told him they still needed food for the summer. He led and organized a food drive in his neighborhood, reaching out to 900 homes. With the help of other boy scouts, they dropped bags off at houses and posted the specific day they would pick up the donated food, if they wanted to participate.
A week after they dropped off bags, Ethan and his fellow boy scouts ended up collecting about 1,400 pounds of food. “Some houses left literally 50 pounds of food,” he said, “People who really wanted to give back to the community were the ones that helped out the most.”
With his senior year approaching, his attention is shifting towards getting into college. “I need to focus on colleges and where I want to go. That’s my main priority,” he said. He plans on applying to Saint Mary’s, San Jose State, Santa Barbara State, San Francisco State and more. He’s mainly looking for a school where he can play soccer. Not only has he been playing since the age of four, but he is also on the varsity team in high school for the fourth year.
Although he’ll be plenty busy between applying to colleges and then attending next fall, he still plans on helping those in need. “I probably will help out the community from where I’ll be at,” Ethan said.