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Volunteer service takes Sunburst cadets to Catalina Island

Apr 9, 2022

Sunburst Youth Challenge Academy Class 29 helps prepare Camp Emerald Bay for summer Scouting season

CAMP EMERALD BAY, Calif. – When Kaden Carpenter reported to Sunburst Youth Challenge Academy on Joint Forces Training Base, Los Alamitos, in January, he never thought he’d wind up at a Scout camp on Catalina Island.

“It’s a funny coincidence,” Carpenter said while clearing brush in the backcountry of Camp Emerald Bay during Sunburst’s weekend community service trip to the island, April 8-10.

Carpenter, 16, is an avid Scout who started as a youngster and currently holds the rank of Star with Troop 442 in his hometown of Huntington Beach.

When the COVID-19 pandemic pushed his high school classes online in 2020, Carpenter struggled with the change and fell behind in credits. As the pandemic began to wane, he put his scouting career on hold to become a cadet in Sunburst’s Class 29 and get his academics back on track...

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