ENCINITAS — A La Costa Canyon teen officially earned the rank of Eagle Scout during an award ceremony last weekend at the YMCA Paul Ecke Sports Park in Encinitas.
Garrett Warner, of Encinitas Boy Scout Troop 776, received the prestigious rank alongside his father, Jeff Warner, who is an Eagle Scout himself.
“Becoming an Eagle Scout has been such an accomplishment and to help the community and Encinitas Little League, which I’ve been a part of my entire life, and just giving back has been tremendous,” said Garrett Warner. “It’s a great achievement and I’m just really happy and glad I could give back.”
The ceremony was hosted near the park’s little league baseball fields where Garrett Warner has spent 10 years playing baseball as a left-handed pitcher and first baseman.
In order to earn the Eagle Scout distinction, scouts must earn 21 merit badges, serve as a Life Scout for a minimum of six months, demonstrate “Scout Spirit” and show distinguishable leadership within their troop.
Additionally, the candidate must also develop a lead service project called the “Eagle Project.”
Garrett Warner’s project consisted of several additions to the little league field, including building four new bench tables, four new batting cage benches, and painting three score-keeping tables.
Jeff Warner told The Coast News his joy and pride could not be greater for his son.
“To see my son go through the challenges we have today with so much going on, stay in Scouts and then become an Eagle Scout himself is just a super proud moment for our whole family,” Jeff Warner said.