But the most important thing he has learned is determination.
“Determination can help get you through the whole thing,” Chacon said. “If you want your Eagle, you’ve got to work for it.”
Chacon, a 16-year-old Patterson High School incoming senior and son of Amanda and Frank Chacon, will be honored at 2 p.m. Saturday, July 10, in a Troop 81 Eagle Scout Ceremony at the Federated Church.
Chacon’s community service work has included collecting canned food for those in need through the Scouting for Food Drive, helping at the Friends of Scouting dinner and Patterson Rotary Club Crab Feed and participating in the Run for P.R.I.D.E. and American Cancer Society Relay For Life.
His largest effort was his Eagle Scout project, completed a couple of years ago at Patterson High School. He attained Eagle Rank in May 2009.
Chacon noticed the school’s tennis courts were in need of repair when he went to play a game as a freshman. He set out to clean up and replace the wood on the tennis wall and benches, fill in holes in the fence, and finally paint the courts in crimson and gray — the school colors.
Thirty people, including family, friends, troop members and school staff, put in 153 hours of work. Many supplies were donated by supporters in the community, including local businesses Sherwin-Williams and Yancey Lumber Co.
Chacon has also participated in Patterson Recreation Department sports and Patterson High School baseball, freshman football and varsity tennis, among other activities. He has been on the honor roll and received the Outstanding Scholar Award and an award for outstanding work habits. His Scouting awards include the Arrow of Light while in Cub Scouts and the Light of Christ, a religion-affiliated award. His Scout patrol received the Baden Powell Award three times.
Chacon has received help and support along the way from his brother, Stevie Chacon, 15, a Life Scout, and from his four best friends, Ricky Howard, Sam Melo, Zach Whitney and John Bingham, who have been in the Mountain Lions Patrol their entire time as Scouts. He cites father Frank Chacon, former Scoutmaster Bryan Bingham and assistant scoutmaster Jim Melo as influences.
Frank and Amanda Chacon said their son has been his own person, and often a daredevil, since birth.
“He enjoys being different and has a great upbeat personality and outlook on life — he is a great kid,” Frank Chacon said. “He enjoys being on a skateboard, on a wakeboard or on an ATV. It has been a truly great experience watching him become the person he is today.”
Bingham said Saturday’s ceremony is an honor for the Scout.
“The Eagle Scout ceremony is the culmination of a lot of hard work and dedication,” Bingham said. “Nationwide, 3 percent of the Scouts are Eagles.”
Chacon has recently completed his time as senior patrol leader with Troop 81. He has taken part in the Color Guard and been Webmaster for the troop. Since joining the troop, he has recorded 54 nights of camping and has also been to summer camp at Camp John Mensinger, Camp Royaneh and Camp Wente over the years.
“I would recommend it to other guys,” Chacon said of Scouting. “You need a lot of time and the commitment to it.”
After high school, he wants to attend San Jose State University or Santa Monica College.
At a glance
• WHAT: Boy Scout Troop 81 Eagle Scout Court of Honor for Jarred Chacon
• WHEN: 2 p.m. Saturday, July 10
• WHERE: Federated Church, 45 S. El Circulo
• Rank advancements: Boy Scout, April 8, 2004; Tenderfoot, Aug. 5, 2004; Second Class, Nov. 1, 2004; First Class, May 5, 2005; Star, May 18, 2006; Life, March 29, 2007; Eagle, May 14, 2009
• MORE: For photographs of his Eagle Scout project, visit www.pattersonirrigator.com