TWIN FALLS — Alaka’i Earl Salas of Twin Falls has earned the highest advancement award the Boy Scouts of America offers to Scouts, the Eagle Award. He will be recognized in a ceremony at 4:30 p.m. Sunday at the Twin Falls LDS 1st Ward building, 847 Eastland Drive N.
A member of Troop 59, Salas earned the 21 required merit badges plus nine others. For his Eagle project, he oversaw the creation of port pillows for Mountain States Tumor Institute, as well as collecting Pokemon cards for pediatric cancer patients at St. Luke’s Boise. He came up with the idea when his grandmother was diagnosed with cancer a few years ago. Much of the fabric used in the port pillows was originally given to him by his grandmother before she passed away in 2016.
Many members of the community were instrumental in his success with this project.
Salas has served in his troop as scribe, historian, chaplain, librarian and senior patrol leader. His scoutmaster, Trent Stimpson, has been a great influence for Ali. In his Eagle essay, Ali said, “I want every one of my troop members to feel the accomplishment and joy from a job well done. One of my favorite things about scouting has been my troop mates and the comradery we share as we have worked towards merit badges and helping each other with Eagle projects.”
Salas is a member of The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints, Twin Falls 1st Ward and attends O’Leary Middle School where he is in eighth grade. He is the son of Sandy and Brad Ferrenburg of Twin Falls and Elika Salas of Boise.