El Nido Campus Has a New Campsite

Posted by on Jan 12, 2015 in News | 4 comments

Dylan Hankins, who is a member of Boy Scout Troop 131 which is chartered by St. Philip the Apostle in Pasadena, was recently thanked by Hathaway-Sycamores Child and Family Services for constructing a campsite on the agency’s El Nido campus in Altadena.

Eagle Scout Project at Hathaway-Sycamores

(l-r) Boy Scout leader Greg Hankins with his son Dylan Hankins, touring the campsite along with Bessie Ramirez-Ruiz, a Hathaway-Sycamores board member, and Tasian Taylor and Steve Shaw, both with Hathaway-Sycamores.

Hankins, who is a junior at St. Francis High School in La Cañada Flintridge, built the campsite for his Eagle Scout Service Project. When he was contemplating his Eagle Scout Service Project, Hankins toured Hathaway-Sycamores’ bucolic El Nido campus in Altadena. Among the services provided there is therapeutic residential treatment for boys – many of whom have endured unimaginable trauma – who are facing serious life challenges. During his campus tour, Hankins learned that many of the boys had expressed an interest in camping. That interest ignited Hankins’ idea to construct a campsite on the El Nido campus.

Toward that end, Hankins organized a 40-strong crew composed of 30 fellow Scouts and seven boys from Hathaway-Sycamores’ residential unit. Together, the campsite crew cleared away rocks as well as brush, and then created railroad-tie steps terracing down to a flat landing near the outer edges of the El Nido campus.

Eagle Scout Project at Hathaway-SycamoresAs a result of Hankins’ Eagle Scout Service Project, those in residential care will now have the opportunity to experience camping, including pitching tents, cooking outdoors, and learning to use basic camping tools. Commenting on the project, Hankins said, “Camping is fun, and I think it will be for the boys who live here. This also was an opportunity to give back and help out.”

Hankins was introduced to Hathaway-Sycamores by Pasadena resident Bessie Ramirez-Ruiz. Bessie serves on Hathaway-Sycamores’ Board of Directors and her husband – Lu Ruiz – is Troop 131’s new Scoutmaster.  “Hathaway-Sycamores transforms the lives of the youth in our community who need it most. The El Nido facility in particular is fertile ground for boys to help boys, building a symbiotic relationship for growth” says Ramirez-Ruiz. Saint Philip’s Boy Scout Troop 131 plans to continue its relationship with Hathaway-Sycamores. Upcoming projects include equipping a fitness/training room for those in residential treatment and lending their green thumbs to a gardening initiative.



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  1. Joe Ford

    The youth are bless to have such as nice campsite to connect to our awesome community!

  2. Shaquenta McDonald (Q)

    Wow!! this is amazing. Very therapuetic. I hope the boys enjoy 🙂

  3. Andy Burghdorf

    The St. Francis High School is so proud of you Dylan! Thank you for your continued service to the community…you are true Golden Knight!

  4. Dallas Jennings

    Lucky kids this would have been amazing when i lived

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