Eric Veksler

How am I growing in my own awareness of my strengths and weaknesses?

Eagle Project

In doing my Eagle Project, I faced a new challenge that I was ready to tackle. My Eagle project consisted of landscaping a former tourist spot here in Covina: The Covina Heritage House. I decided to landscape the entire area, removing all the old weeds and dirt and even tree stumps, and planting in new plants, along with new sprinklers and manure. Having taken one and a half years just to get the project approved by not only the Covina Historical Society but also the City of Covina and Covina Parks and Recreation, I was ready to tackle on the biggest service project I had ever faced so far in my life. Having directed the service project, I was in charge of making sure everything went according to plan, from getting volunteers to providing food to even attending monthly meetings that were held by the Covina Historical Society. The project spanned the whole weekend of June 8th,9th, and 10th of 2012, from early in the morning to late in the afternoon. Through my Boy Scout training and involvement in numerous other service projects, I was able to lead the volunteers that participated in my project, with the outcome being extraordinary. I have been trained in leadership skills, even taking a week-long camping trip at the National Youth Leadership Training summer camp in Holcomb Valley. Through my extensive training, I can say that I am very strong in leadership skills and that I can further enhance those skills by participating in more service projects.

What challenges have I been through?

Eagle Project

Throughout the service project, many obstacles got in the way of completing our job. To start off, there were three broken pipes that we had to fix in order to get the sprinklers working. Lucky for us, one of the parents was a plumber, so he had extra pipes and knew how to fix the problem. What I feared most about the project was if it was going to turn out the way I expected it to turn out. Luckily for me, it turned out better than I expected. The most difficult part of this whole project was the planning of it. Just to get this whole project approved took me a year-and-a-half. Working with many Covina officials, I was able to finally get the project approved, after having to present my plans on how it would look after it was finished. Although it took me two years to finish the whole project and put it behind me, I can finally say that I directed a laborious service project for the City of Covina, and through my accomplishment, finally reach the rank of Eagle Scout.

In what ways have I started new challenges?

In what ways have I developed new skills?

Eagle Project

In doing this project, I was finally able to put my leadership skills to the test. I participated in an extensive amount of community service projects, but I had never directed one. This was an extremely important opportunity, and I felt as if by completing this project, I was able to accomplish and service project that stood in my way. My leaderships skills strengthened going through this project, in which I was able to prove what I’m really made of.

In what ways have I shown perseverance and commitment to my activities?

Eagle Project

I started this project off two years before its completion, and in doing so, I worked extensively to not only get this project approved, but to actually complete this project to move ahead to my Eagle Scout Board of Review, and then achieve the rank of Eagle. I stayed committed to the project ever since I was given the opportunity to perform a community service project at the Covina Heritage House. I stayed with the project the whole way, and for two years I worked on this project, and now I can say it has finally paid off.

In what ways have I worked collaboratively?

Eagle Project

I worked with many people who served the City of Covina, ranging from the head of Covina Parks and Recreation to the Government of the City of Covina. I collaborated extensively with the Covina Historical Society, since they were the men and women who I would do the service project for. I attended meetings, conversed on the phone, and even went to their homes to discuss the project.

In what ways have I been engaged in issues with global importance?

What are the ethical or moral implications of what I’m doing and learning?


For the past four summers, I volunteered at a local YMCA here in the city of Covina. I volunteered as a staff member of the YMCA, in which I was put into child care. I took care of kids from whose ages ranged from as young as five to as old as thirteen. As a staff member, I had to watch over the kids, take care of them, and keep them entertained for eight hours a day. I started volunteering at the YMCA when I was 13 years of age. Before I became a volunteer, I was actually enrolled in the YMCA to be taken care of. During that summer, I looked forward to going to the daycare. I decided to come back as a volunteer, and I have been volunteering ever since. I became a major role model to the kids that I took care of and ultimately gained their respect. As a CIT (Counselor in Training), I worked with the staff to keep the kids entertained. The amount kids ranged from about 60-80 kids (and their were less than 10 staff members, including me). The role I was given at the YMCA helped me to demonstrate my leadership skills to both my peers and elders, and to show how responsible I am to both the YMCA community and the kids that I worked with. There were instances at times where we would go on field trips to places such as amusement parks and movie theaters, and the kids would wander off without permission. The whole YMCA staff including me were responsible for those kids, so to the best of my ability I made sure they were safe and under supervision. We went to Raging Waters one time during this past summer, in which we two 12 year olds wandered off without telling any of the staff where they were going. I decided to take the initiative and went looking for them all through at the water park, and had finally found them in a water playground. A lot of kids in the YMCA were mischievous, and we would have a hard time trying to calm them down. I was usually the one that made sure the kids behaved like they were suppose to. I did carry out punishments for misbehaving and referrals to their parents, but I knew it was the right thing to do. I treated all the kids fairly and made sure no one was left behind while I was there.


For the summer of 2012, I volunteered at a local YMCA child care center on Rowland Ave. I’ve been volunteering for the YMCA organization for the past three summers. I worked with kids of all ages, ranging from 5 to 13. As I continued to progress through the YMCA, I learned and was able to demonstrate excellent skills in leadership, responsibilty, and respect to the fellow staff and kids of the YMCA.

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