Las Aguilas de Diablo is again offering five $1,000 college financial aid scholarships. These awards will be based on Scouting leadership, community participation, academic achievement and financial need. Details of the scholarships and their applications can be found here. Scholarship applications are due on April 11th. We will announce the scholarship recipients at the Eagle Dinner on May 4th and if you have applied for a scholarship, we request you attend this event.
This year’s speaker is Rear Admiral Peter Gautier. He assumed the duties of Deputy Commander, Coast Guard Pacific Area in July 2020. As Deputy Commander, he is responsible for all U.S. Coast Guard missions within a geographic region that spans from the Rocky Mountains west to the waters off the eastern coast of Africa. Rear Admiral Gautier graduated from the U. S. Coast Guard Academy with a Bachelor’s of Science in Marine Engineering in 1987. He holds a Masters of Chemical Engineering degree from the University of Michigan and a Masters of National Security Strategy from the National War College. His military decorations include the Defense Superior Service Medal, Legion of Merit (three awards), Meritorious Service Medal (four awards), Coast Guard Commendation Medal (three awards), DOT 9/11 Medal, and Coast Guard Achievement Medal (two awards).
The youth attire for the evening will be full scout uniform. If that is not possible, a coat and tie are appropriate.
Parents who wish to attend the dinner will be able to do so for $50 only if space is available. Registration for $125 as a sponsor will guarantee seating. All Scouts are paired with a Las Aguilas Member or sponsor by career interest.
Las Aguilas de Diablo is an organization of older Eagle scouts who, since 1987, have annually recognized new Eagles, Quartermasters and Summit Award recipients in the Golden Gate Area Council at an annual event held each spring in central Contra Costa County. In 2017, the guest speaker at the event was Joe Starkey, voice of the University of California Golden Bears and former broadcaster for the San Francisco 49ers. In 2018, Daniel Clark, a technical director at Pixar in Emeryville and an Eagle, did an entertaining presentation featuring the movies “Coco” and “Incredibles 2.” In 2019, Colin Braudrick, Manager of Global Workplace Security for Walt Disney Company, did an entertaining and informative presentation that included Disney videos.
2016 Dinner Speaker
2018 Dinner Gallery
Beginning in May 2021, Las Aguilas de Diablo hopes to resume doing annual recognition events, which are free to all new Eagles, Quartermasters and Summit Award recipients in the Golden Gate Area Council. Efforts are made to match sponsors with scouts in the area of each scout’s interest. Sponsors include not only members of Las Aguilas de Diablo but also any adult who has an interest in connecting with the top youth in Scouting.
In addition to hosting an annual dinner, Las Aguilas de Diablo awards scholarships to new Eagles, Quartermasters and Summit Award recipients who apply and are selected. Scholarships are for $1000, $2000 and $5000. You can see our full list of scholarships and past winners here.
In order to join Las Aguilas de Diablo or to enroll as a sponsor, please visit our membership page. Because of the recent expansion and merger of Mt. Diablo Silverado Council into the new Golden Gate Area Council, Las Aguilas de Diablo is in need of new members who are Eagles in order to make sure this important Recognition Event will continue in the future. If you are an Eagle, Quartermaster, Summit Award recipient or recipient of an equivalent award from another country’s scout program but not a member of Las Aguilas de Diablo, please join us through our website.
Sponsors may also enroll on this site or by mail. Annual membership dues are $250 ($150 if 35 or younger) and after a ten year membership you will be eligible for the James E. West Award since $100 of the $250 annual membership goes to support the Golden Gate Area Council Endowment Fund. The balance of your contribution covers the cost of a dinner for you and a scout (about $100) and for scholarships and administrative expenses (about $50). Your contribution is tax-deductible.
Parents who wish to attend the dinner will be able to do so for $50 only if space is available. Registration for $125 as a sponsor will guarantee seating.
Any questions should be directed to our current president, Gary Snyder (925-938-2300 or click here to send an email) or to any other Las Aguilas member with whom you are acquainted. Please join us and please make a contribution to help us continue this effort.