Eagle Scout | Spotlight

Eagle Scout Spotlight is a weekly blog post highlighting individuals who have achieved the rank of Eagle Scout. Eagles are given a set of prepared questions in writing and they respond to them as they see fit.  Responses may be edited for spelling mistakes, but they are the words and thoughts of each Eagle Scout.

You will find the question asked in bold and the Eagle Scout’s response immediately below.

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Spotlight: Riley Lee

Riley with her Eagle Scout brother Justin.

Meet this week’s Eagle Scout Spotlight Riley Lee. Riley is a member of the Golden Gates Area Council’s Inaugural Class of Female Eagle Scouts. She earned her Eagle at the age of 14 from Troop 514G of Discovery Bay. Riley is the second Eagle In her family, as her brother earned his Eagle in 2018. Away from scouting, she is an avid diver and competes for the St. Mary’s High School Varsity team and Delta Valley Diving Club.

Through my many experiences, in and out of Scouts, the leadership skills I’ve learned have been the most valuable in situations at school, church, home, and during sports.

Riley Lee

Are there other Scouting or Non-Scouting awards or recognitions you would like to mention?

  • St. Mary’s High School Varsity Diver
  • Member of California Scholastic Federation
  • Junior Olympic Diver – Delta Valley Dive Club
  • NorCal Diver of the Year 2019
  • St. Mary’s JV Women’s Waterpolo team

Eagle Fact
Riley was featured in a USA Diving article after reaching the rank of Eagle Scout. You can view the article at teamusa.org.

Riley diving at a competition.

Tell us a little bit about you…

Where do you reside? Discovery Bay, CA
Where do/did you attend school or plan to attend? Freshman at St. Mary’s High School, Stockton, CA
Are you still active in Scouts? Yes.  Chaplain Aid with Troop 514G in Discovery Bay, CA

Are other members of your family involved in scouting, are any of them Eagle Scouts? 
My brother is a 2018 Eagle Scout with Troop 514B.  He is a summer camp counselor at BSA Camp Wolfeboro in the Sierra Foothills.  This summer will be his 8th year at Wolfeboro….4 years as a scout and another 4 as a counselor. 

When and where do you earn your Eagle Scout?
St. Anne Church in Byron, CA in July 2020.

How old were you? 14 years old

What unit, city, council did you earn your Eagle in? 
Troop 514G, Discovery Bay, CA, Golden Gate Area Council

What did you do for your Eagle Project?

My Eagle Scout project consisted of three Peace Poles being installed on St. Anne’s campus, representing the Holy Trinity.  The chosen locations are meaningful in that they represent places of peaceful gathering, unity, and hope for St. Anne’s parishioners.  Each pole displayed the phrase, “May Peace Prevail on Earth” in different languages. The languages represented the diverse culture and ethnicity of St. Anne’s Parish.  I was also able to help raise an additional $2,200 to help the parish during the Covid-19 Pandemic.

Eagle Fact
You can learn more about Riley’s Eagle Scout Service Project at stanneeaglescout.com.

Riley with one of three Piece Poles installed as part of her Eagle Project.

Did you have a favorite merit badge(s)? Did any merit badges(s) lead to a hobby or profession?

My favorite Merit badge was Disabilities Awareness.  It sparked my interest in helping individuals with disabilities and challenges. Once the Pandemic is over I hope to become an in-person volunteer for the Special Olympics.

What does being an Eagle Scout mean to you?  What does it mean to be a part. of the Inaugural class of Female Eagle Scouts?

Being an Eagle Scout means many thing to me. I’m very proud of what I achieved and grateful to following my brother’s footsteps who achieved Eagle Scout in 2018. I am also very proud to be in the Inaugural Class of Female Eagle Scouts and grateful to have the same opportunities in scouting as my male counterparts.

What is the greatest personal asset you developed while earning your Eagle Scout or from being an Eagle in the greater community? How has this asset contributed towards personal fulfillment and success in your professional or personal life?

The biggest thing I learned from becoming an Eagle Scout is leadership. Through my many experiences, in and out of Scouts, the leadership skills I’ve learned have been the most valuable in situations at school, church, home, and during sports. 

Do you have any advice for your fellow Eagles, or for those working towards becoming an Eagle? Or is there common advice that you think should be ignored?

My advice for those working towards Eagle Scout, is to enjoy the experience. Go at your own speed, slow or fast, but make sure that the time you send with your troop is fun and memorable.

If you could add a thirteenth point to the scout law, what would it be?

Respectful, because you need to give respect in order to receive it.

Is there anything else you would like to share with the readers?

I’m so happy that I had this experience. Every Eagle scout should be proud of their achievement because it is a great accomplishment.  I look forward to helping others achieve their scouting goals in the years to come. 

Riley with a fellow Eagle Scout from Troop 514, Katie Neely, during one of my work days.

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Coming Soon: Eagle Mentoring Panels

GGAC NESA Committee will host one-hour virtual panel / mentoring discussions to connect new Eagle Scouts, and Star and Life scouts, with industry leaders and older Eagle Scouts. Stay tuned for me details.

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