Solana Beach Scout achieves Eagle ranking

Blake Richards-Smith

Blake Richards-Smith, a sophomore at Torrey Pines High School, has achieved his Eagle Scout ranking. He is the son of Trent Richards-Smith and Shona Jutronich, and has a sister, Emma.

He began in Littleton, Colo., as a Cub Scout, and later became a Boy Scout in Troop 444, Littleton. The family relocated from Colorado to Solana Beach in August 2013, and Blake was accepted into Troop 713, based in Del Mar. Because of the timing of the relocation, Blake decided to complete his Eagle with his troop in Colorado.

“With scouting I learned so much that it was able to transfer ... over to everyday life,” he wrote in an essay about his Scouting career.

In 2010, he achieved the “100 Years Centennial of Boy Scout” badge. He has also earned the Mile Swim (three times), and the Fourteener, Recruiter, and the World Conservation Badges. He has also held positions as an instructor, a den chief, patrol leader and troop guide. In 2012, he was elected into the Order of the Arrow.

For his Eagle Project, he collected travel-sized items for Volunteers of America. MOre than 2,500 items were collected from various donors including dentists, Scouting families and neighborhood members. With the help of his troop, the items were packaged into over 625 care packages, including 120 individually wrapped toilet paper rolls.

With Troop 713 he has continued his Scout activities, including a High Adventure trip to Philmont (where he achieved the 50 Miler award), five weeks as a Scout instructor at Camp Fiesta Island, and summer camp at Catalina Island. He is thankful to Troop 713 for continuing to inspire him in his Boy Scout career.