Del Mar Scouts earn badges

Two La Jolla Country Day School students from Del Mar recently earned their Eagle Scout badges with Troop 766 in Rancho Santa Fe. Andrew Law Cross and Ryan Edward Wall completed all the rigorous requirements to earn the status.

Andrew Law Cross

Andrew is a 16-year-old who will be a junior at Country Day. He excels in academics and has been named to the high honors academic roll throughout high school.

Boy Scouts has given him a special appreciation for the world around us and he hopes to give back to society through his interests in marine biology and astrophysics.

After attending the Alaska summer backpacking trip, Andrew truly came to terms with the world at large and has since grown an awareness of our environment and what he must do to protect it.

He plans to attend college majoring in a science field that will allow him to give back to society and the environment.

Andrew is also well on his way to becoming bilingual in Spanish and will spend a month in Spain this summer to work toward that goal.

He enjoys playing sports at the school and will letter in both lacrosse and football.

Never interested in sports when he was young, now sports motivate him to give more in all aspects of his life.

He has also recently become a certified diver and enjoys snorkeling and diving the beautiful reefs of Hawaii.

He has taken up underwater photography in order to capture the beauty of the ocean.

Andrew likes to relax by reading, listening to music, strumming his ukulele and playing video games.

He has earned 26 merit badges and participated in camps in Oljata, Catalina and Alaska.

Ryan Edward Wall

Ryan, 16, will be a junior at Country Day School where he is an honor roll student. While earning 27 merit badges, Ryan was able to attend Camp Oljata three times, Camp Emerald Bay on Catalina, Northern Tier and the National Park tour, McCarthy/Kennicott Alaska rafting and glacier hiking, and has climbed the San Jacinto and San Gorgonio mountains.

In addition to countless jokes and laughs with his buddies, Ryan said his favorite memories of scouting include waking up to an unexpected 18 inches of snow in the high desert at Joshua Tree and paddling his canoe as hard as he could through wind-driven waves to cross the bay on the Northern Tier trip in Canada. Ryan and his crew received the 50-miler patch for that trip.

Ryan, along with Andrew, created the troop Web site and managed it for two years before turning it over to younger scouts.

Outside of Boy Scouts, Ryan is an avid lacrosse player. He plays goalie and long-pole middie for both the junior varsity and varsity teams at La Jolla Country Day.

This summer, Ryan will attend lacrosse camps at Duke University and the University of North Carolina.

He will also participate in the Global Youth Leadership Conference in Washington, D.C., and New York.

Ryan is a certified SCUBA diver and enjoys diving in the warm tropical waters off Hawaii and the Caribbean.