Bradley Aran Bell
Bradley Aran Bell’s Scouting journey began with Pack 357 while attending Pasadena’s Mandarin Dual Language Immersion Program at Field Elementary.
Bilingual in Mandarin and a Taekwondo black belt at age 8, Bradley advanced to High Point Academy and earned an Honors-at-Entrance Award at St. Francis High School, where he’s a senior aspiring to study engineering.
He joined Troop 509 in 2017 and continued the Bell Troop 509 Eagle Legacy and earned 28 merit badges before age 14. His Eagle Scout project raised $21,500 and created 100 military-grade first aid kits for Ukrainian soldiers. A trip to Philmont in 2022 and a 21-day Rayado trek nurtured his outdoor passion, and his love for global travels shaped his interests.
Bradley hopes to one day guide Troop 509 on a Rocky Mountain adventure as a Philmont ranger. His adventurous spirit and dedication will continue to shape his path, leaving a lasting impact.
Bradley Choi, a senior at Temple City High School, is a multifaceted individual with a passion for various hobbies. He’s an accomplished cellist, a dedicated dog enthusiast, and an avid reader of the popular manga series One Piece. Bradley’s scouting journey goes back to Pack 357 in Pasadena, where he embarked as a Tiger Scout before transitioning to Troop 509.
Some of his most cherished scouting experiences include the adventures at Philmont, where he encountered perfect weather. He has stories of whitewater rafting escapades and explorations amid Joshua Tree’s colossal rock formations. Bradley’s favorite merit badges include aviation, small boat sailing, and chemistry, a subject he aspires to study in college.
For his impactful Eagle Project, Bradley renovated outdoor amphitheater benches for the La Cañada United Methodist Church. Beyond scouting, he’s delving into photography, travel, community service, and cooking. Bradley eagerly anticipates his next exciting adventure.
Holden Deitch, born in January 2006 in Glendale, is a St. Francis High School senior in La Cañada Flintridge. His Scouting journey began with Cub Scout Pack 360. He transitioned to Troop 509 and created cherished memories. Holden fondly recalls Iron Chef campouts, merit badge achievements with brother Quinn, and collaborating on his Eagle Scout Project.
His project improved Montrose Park’s batting cages, renovated the Babe Herman Little League scorekeeper shed, and enhanced dugouts with painted bat racks, giving back to his youth baseball league.
Holden excels in baseball, engages in NHS, Red Cross Club, Link Crew, and Biolympiad. While undecided on his college major, he’s eager to explore various fields.
Holden extends gratitude to Troop leaders, mentors, and adults who played pivotal roles in his Scouting journey. He expresses immense appreciation to parents Kevin and Patricia for their support on his path to becoming an Eagle Scout.
Christopher Hanna, born September 2006 in Pasadena, is a junior at St. Francis High School in La Cañada Flintridge. He initiated his Scouting journey with Cub Scout Pack 507 at St. Bede Catholic School, transitioning to Troop 509 in the fifth grade.
Throughout Scouting, Christopher embraced outdoor adventures like Camporee, Camp Iron Chef, Joshua Tree, and whitewater rafting. As a member of Troop 509, he served as Patrol Leader and Assistant Senior Patrol Leader, developing essential leadership skills.
Christopher earned numerous merit badges, with favorites like horsemanship, aviation, kayaking and canoeing. Outside Scouting, he excelled academically, played volleyball, and explored interests in aviation, fishing, hiking,and surfing.
His aviation passion led to involvement with Aviation Explorers Post 747 at Whiteman Airport, where he completed a meaningful Eagle project, beautifying the airport’s parking area. Christopher appreciates the support of family, friends and the Troop throughout his remarkable journey to Eagle rank.
Hadrian M. Huidor
Hadrian M. Huidor is an Altadena resident and Blair High School student. His Scouting journey started in first grade with Cub Scouts, leading to two high adventure trips, five Camp Cherry Valley outings, and various Troop 509 outdoor activities. Scouting’s values, like the Oath and Law, guide his life.
Beyond Scouting, Hadrian excels in baseball and football, serving as the football team’s center and taking on diverse baseball roles. He also enjoys gaming, founding a successful school gaming club.
Scouting has improved his leadership, teamwork and organizational skills. He has tackled challenging adventures like Northern Tier and Philmont, which enhanced his resilience.
His Eagle project involved renovating the high school batting cage, requiring fundraising and volunteer efforts.
He is grateful for his Scouting supporters, especially Rhodora Maliksi, Gayle Hagegard, Steven Miles, Dr. Martin Kast, and his dedicated Scouting partner, his dad.
“Thanks for the sacrifices, Dad; I love you,” Hadrian said.
William Kallin, a La Cañada Flintridge resident, attended La Cañada Elementary School and was a Cub Scout in Pack 512 at La Cañada Presbyterian Church. Currently at La Cañada High School, he is passionate about math, science and ceramics and is part of the La Cañada High School Mountain Bike Team.
Will joined Troop 509, where he cherished scuba diving at Cherry Valley, rock climbing in Joshua Tree, and aviation experiences in the San Gabriel Valley. His Eagle Scout project involved installing a bike rack and beautifying the garden at the La Cañada Community Center.
Will expresses gratitude to Troop 509’s adult leaders and fellow Scouts for their support, especially during the challenges posed by COVID. He also thanks his Cub Scout Den Leader and Cubmaster, Brian Drouin, for inspiring his journey into Boy Scouts, and most importantly, he treasures the friendships forged with fellow Scouts along the way.
Haley Kim, a Crescenta Valley High School senior, resides in La Crescenta with her parents, Jimmy and Heesuk Kim, and brother, Jason, and joined Scouting in April 2019 as a founding member of 509G. Haley embraces the outdoors and hiked over 140 miles, camped for 35 nights, and engaged in 12 service projects, including support for fellow Scouts’ Eagle projects. Notable achievements include a second-place win in her first Iron Chef competition, exploring Joshua Tree and Table Mountain, and earning aviation and robotics merit badges
Within Troop 509, Haley’s leadership roles ranged from Quartermaster to Senior Patrol Leader. Her Eagle project partnered with Glendale to enhance Deukmejian Wilderness Park and improve the Mummy Rock Nature Trail.
Haley champions engineering, the environment, and STEM education, leading her high school’s robotics team, mentoring an elementary Lego robotics team, and organizing STEM summer camps. She aspires to study mechanical engineering at UC Berkeley.
Dylan Moore, from Monrovia High School, is a shining example of both academic and extracurricular excellence. As an Advanced Placement student, he has maintained a remarkable scholastic record while balancing a thriving wrestling career. Dylan’s leadership abilities shine through his role as the Senior Patrol Leader of Troop 509 from 2021 to 2022, during which he earned accolades such as the 50 Miler Award, multiple National Outdoor Awards, and the prestigious Grand Slam Award.
Dylan’s commitment to Scouting is on full display when he takes on the responsibility of a Junior Assistant Scoutmaster, guiding and mentoring younger scouts in their journeys. His passion for personal and community growth extends beyond scouting, reflecting in his dedication to academics and athletics.
As Dylan ventures into his college adventure, his well-rounded achievements and unwavering commitment signify a bright and promising future ahead, both as an individual and a contributor to his community.
Audrey Thornal, a senior at Crescenta Valley High School, is an active member of BSA Troop 509 in La Cañada Flintridge. She joined the Troop when it first welcomed girls, seeking the unique experiences and skills Scouts offers. Through Scouting, she’s forged deep friendships with like-minded peers.
Beyond Scouting, Audrey’s interests include traditional Korean dance, marathon training, Junior Camp counseling, the National Technical Honors Society, and serving as a Youth Ambassador in South Korea, earning multiple Presidential Awards for volunteer service.
Within Scouting, Audrey excelled as Assistant Senior Patrol Leader for Troop 509’s Girls’ Troop and embarked on a transformative Philmont adventure in 2021.
Her service project involved renovating the staircases at La Cañada United Methodist Church’s outdoor amphitheater, restoring its safety and functionality.
Audrey’s next chapter will be at Northeastern University, where she aims to apply Scouting’s wisdom and principles to her education and daily life.
Bruce Wiles, a 16-year-old junior at Pasadena High School, resides in Pasadena with parents Dennis and Lisa Wiles, younger siblings Ethan and Addison, and their French bulldog, Rex. His Scouting journey began in 2012 with Pack 48 where he participated in Cub Scout classics.
He transitioned to Troop 509 in 2017 and thrived, serving as a Patrol Leader and Troop guide, fostering lifelong friendships and acquiring invaluable skills. He contributed to various service projects, including Rose Parade float decorating, Mount Wilson conservation, and Camp Trask improvements. Memorable adventures included Camp Iron Chef, Joshua Tree climbing, Kern River rafting, and a Florida Sea Base High Adventure trip in 2021.
Bruce’s Eagle project involved designing and building compost bins for the Lanterman House in La Cañada.
Beyond Scouting, Bruce is an art enthusiast — particularly in comic book illustration — enjoying vinyl records, spending time with friends, and playing volleyball for Pasadena High School.
First published in the September 28 print issue of the Outlook Valley Sun.