Three Rancho Santa Fe Boy Scouts earn their Eagle badges

Three La Jolla Country Day School students from Rancho Santa Fe recently earned their Eagle Scout badges with Troop 766. Trent Buckner, David Farley and Austin Rooke, completed all the rigorous requirements to earn the status.

William ‘Trent’ Buckner

Trent, who will be a senior at Country Day is an active member of his high school community. He served as a junior class representative on the Ethics Committee.

Trent has played varsity lacrosse since ninth grade. In his spare time he enjoys fly-fishing, rock climbing and hiking.

Through scouting, he has developed a passion for all outdoor activities. He is a graduate and returning student of the National Outdoor Leadership School. Trent hopes in incorporate these interests into his future educational and career plans.

As a Scout, Trent earned 25 merit badges, the Service Star Award on two occasions and the Order of the Arrow.

For his Eagle Project, he constructed an exercise station on the Rancho Santa Fe running trail. This unit provides individuals an opportunity to work on upper body strength while utilizing the trails for running. Additionally, the station doubles as a great meeting place for exercise partners.

David Alan Farley Jr.

David also will be a senior Country Day. His grades have earned him high honors every semester. David participates in a wide variety of extracurricular activities in addition to Boy Scouts.

For the past three years, he has been the goalie and a captain of the varsity lacrosse team.

He is also a singer in the Country Day Madrigals, a 26-student choral group. As a Madrigal, David sings at a variety of school and community events and travels with the group to participate in national choral competitions.

David served as the school announcer for the junior varsity and varsity football games.

He is also team captain for the Junior Varsity Academic League.

During his summers, David has enjoyed traveling with Boy Scouts to Alaska, Northern Tier, Philmont and the Sierra Mountains. David also enjoys playing golf and tennis.

He has also learned to sail the Optimist and 420 sailboats in the junior sailing program at the Mantoloking Yacht Club in New Jersey.

This summer he will serve as the delegate from La Jolla Country Day at the California Boys State program of the American Legion and will work as an intern at the Burnham Institute in San Diego.

For his Eagle Project, he built a picnic table for the Arroyo campground in Rancho Santa Fe. This campground, which is used by Troop 766, is a 65-acre reserve with a stocked lake and numerous trails for hikers and horseback riders.

Working through the design standards of the Rancho Santa Fe Association was a great challenge for David. Under the direction of the Trails and Recreation Committee, he built a six-foot long and three-foot wide picnic table with two benches, using split pine logs that were bolted together and cemented into the ground at the campsite.

Austin Withington Rooke

Austin, 16, will be a junior at Country Day in the fall. He is a three-sport athlete, competing in football, basketball and baseball. He is also an honor roll student.

This year he played for the U.S. Baseball Stars 18 and under team in the Dominican Republic.

Within scouting, Austin participated in many outdoor adventures. His most memorable adventure trips were to the Northern Tier in Canada and Alaska. In Canada he achieved a 50-mile canoeing award. In the wilderness of Alaska, he experienced glacier climbing in St. Elias National Park and river rafting on the Copper River.

He has gone to Camp Oljato and to Camp Emerald Bay twice.

Last summer, Austin participated in Junior Leadership Training and then served as Senior Patrol leader at Emerald Bay. His goal was to be a good, well liked leader who would lead his troop in the right direction while having the right experience.