Former Los Gatos Patch "Whiz Kid of the Week" Jason Bassett, a Leigh High School student, has earned the highest advancement award the Boy Scouts of America offers to Scouts, the Eagle Scout Award. A member of Troop 2 (formerly Troop 501), sponsored by Los Gatos Rotary, Jason is one of approximately 4 percent of all Boy Scouts who attain the Eagle rank, according to Scoutmaster Tom Richards.
Each candidate must earn at least 21 merit badges and successfully complete a community service project to earn his Eagle. Jason chose to renovate the fire pit area located within the Youth Park behind Los Gatos High School where he directed the construction of two new masonry fire pits and the installation of fireproof ground cover. The project required hundreds of hours and significant financial resources that were generously donated by youth and adults within the scouting community and from numerous local service clubs.
Jason served Troop 2 as Senior Patrol Leader, Assistant Senior Patrol Leader, Honor Guard Chairman, Webmaster, Patrol Leader, and Assistant Patrol Leader. He joins other outstanding American citizens who have become Eagle Scouts, among them former President Gerald R. Ford, Jr., astronauts Neil A. Armstrong and James Lovell, mayor of New York City, Michael Bloomberg, and cinematographer Steven Spielberg.
Jason is a member of Calvary Church where he participated in the youth group and went on numerous mission trips to Mexico, Guatemala, and the Navajo Nation. He was active in the the marching band and drama program at Leigh High School, where he graduated last Spring. He recently began his studies in business administration as a freshman at Santa Clara University.
He is the son of proud parents Scott Bassett of Los Gatos, and Kathy Tregembo of San Jose.
For more information about Troop 501: http://losgatosrotary.org/boy-scouts-troop-501/