Adam de Lucia was born in Glendale at Verdugo Hills Hospital on Nov. 4, 1994, the second child of Beverly and Frank de Lucia, making Adam and his older sister Alexis, fourth generation Californians. Adam started in Cub Scouts in the first grade as a Tiger Cub with Pack 326 at Sunland Elementary School. He earned his Arrow of Light Award before joining Troop 509 in February 2005. He chose Troop 509 not only for its reputation for high adventure but also for its 50 years in the community at JPL. Adam has enjoyed all of the Troop activities and opportunities for leadership. Leading up to his Eagle Project, Adam earned rank advancements, held leadership positions, earned 31 merit badges, attended Oak Badge/National Youth Leadership Training and attended summer camps at Cherry Valley on Catalina Island.
Adam’s most memorable experiences were attending a 10-day, 80-mile backpack trek to Philmont Scout Ranch in New Mexico and the 100th Anniversary National Boy Scout Jamboree this summer in Virginia. The merit badges Adam learned the most from was lifesaving, first aid and personal fitness. Though family life wasn’t a favorite badge, Adam earned the requirements through hosting a foreign exchange student. The merit badges that Adam enjoyed the most were archery, sports and rifle shooting.
For his Eagle Leadership Service Project, Adam wanted to give back to his community with a project that would benefit others and that would endure for a lifetime. Adam partnered with TreePeople, planting 28 35-gallon trees at Stonehurst Park in Sun Valley. This was one of two projects that resulted in the planting of 75 trees in the park. Adam’s trees also were counted as part of the “Million Trees for L.A.” project. This project involved assembling a “green team” with some of his longtime Scout friends Lee Sullivan, Ryan Wallace and Connor Chavarria, all who attended training classes with TreePeople and other projects as Tree Planting supervisors to get the experience necessary to lead such a large project.
As part of an ongoing commitment to the TreePeople, Adam planned and carried out a second project eight months later to care for the trees. The two projects together totaled 522 volunteers hours.
Adam is currently a junior at Verdugo Hills High School where he is enrolled in the Digital Media Magnet. He is a co-captain of the school’s varsity water polo team. He has earned a Scholar-Athlete Award as well as several MVP awards from his team mates. Adam was on the school’s swim team in his freshmen year.
Adam is exploring his options for college and is considering the military and a career as a firefighter.
Adam thanks his family and all of the people who have helped him achieve the rank of Eagle Scout including the many volunteers in Troop 509 and the community. A special thank you is extended to the Scoutmasters of Troop 509, Mr. Susank, Mr. Sagal and Mr. Key. Scouting has given Adam valuable opportunities, lasting friendships and a lifetime of memories.