By Naomi Osuna
La Habra Journal
Jakob Parnham has been in the scouting program for 12 years and has completed over 750 service hours at church and in his community and is on his way to earning Scouting’s highest rank—Eagle.
The 18 year old started his journey in the first grade earning his Tiger badge in Cub Scouts. Since earning his Eagle Rank in Boy Scouts, he is now part of their Venture Scout Crew (scouting for older boys and girls).
Parnham, a recent graduate of La Habra High School, is also involved with music and he plays several instruments, including bass, up-right bass, keyboard, drums and guitar.
He plays in St. Bruno’s Life Teen Band every Sunday at the Life Teen Mass, which he has been a part of for the past three years.
He was also a member of the La Habra High School jazz band all four years of high school. He was in the Highlander marching band for three years and also the concert band for three years.
He has taken part in the Coastal Clean-up for the past 10 years helping clean up Coyote Creek in La Habra along with other volunteers.
One of the requirements for the Eagle rank is that a scout must plan and complete a project for the community. Parnham built a patio deck with flower boxes, and rain gutter water pipes for The La Habra Hills Presbyterian Church for the youth room, which is the charter organization for their Boy Scout Troop.
Parnham plans on attending Fullerton College where he will earn an associate degree in music then transfer to Cal State Fullerton to earn his bachelor’s degree in music.
According to Bob Janicki, the Assistant Scout Master of Troop 1814, “Parnham thinks scouting is great, he has learned many things in scouting such as first aid, life saving, cooking, shooting, fishing, boating, swimming, and a lot more, plus making a lot of friendships”.
Janicki added that Parnham knows if he puts his mind to it “there isn’t much that he can’t do.”