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Eagle Scout T. J. Cornwell honored at west shore ceremony

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Submitted to aedgett@sierrasun.comFrom Left Steve Cornwell (dad), Thomas (T.J.) Cornwell and Tina Cornwell (mom) celebrate T.J.'s well-earned Eagle Scout status.

TAHOE CITY, Calif. and#8212; On Sunday March 11, 2012 Thomas (T.J.) Cornwell was awarded his Eagle Scout Medal and Certificate at an Eagle Scout Court of Honor held at Sunnyside Resort on the west shore. T.J. started scouting in the first grade as a Tiger Cub and crossed over from Cub Scouts with the Arrow of Light to the Boy Scouts in June of 2007. T.J. is a member of Boy Scout Troop 266 in Tahoe City.

T.J. has had many great experiences and honors with his troop. In the summer of 2010 Troop 266 attended summer camp at Camp Pupukea in Hawaii. T.J. and five of his fellow older scouts will be crewing on a sailboat off the coast of Florida while participating at Sea Base Adventure Camp this June. He participated at the National Youth Leadership Training held at Camp Fleishman upon being selected by his troop and troop committee in the summer of 2011. He has held the position of Patrol Leader, Assistant Senior Patrol Leader and the highest position of leadership in the troop; Senior Patrol Leader.

T.J.and#8217;s Eagle project involved the Trailand#8217;s End Cemetery in Tahoe City. He designated zones, marked each zone with redwood numbered stakes, and created a directory that listed zone, plot number and veteran status. A master directory and zone map was created and is mounted in the outdoor chapel. T.J. also designed a handheld map/brochure complete with a short history of the cemetery that is available for visitors.

Troop 266 holds a ceremony at Trailand#8217;s End Cemetery on Veteranand#8217;s Day and Memorial Day every year. The scouts place flags on veteranand#8217;s graves and a 21-gun salute is coordinated by the older scouts. You are welcome to join Troop 266 each year as to honor our veterans. T.J. encourages any boy or man in the community who would like to become involved in scouting to contact the Boy Scouts of America, Nevada Council – Sierra District in Reno to find a troop near you.