EAGLE SCOUT, Nathaniel Alexander, 16, of Rescue adjusts a counter top on a shelf he built with the help of Mark Schneider, of Placerville, at Pregnancy Counseling Services at 516 Main Street in Placerville. The storage unit is designed to hold infant clothing and supplies and is in conjunction with a donation drive, organized by Alexander for the month of September, requesting diapers, wipes, gently used infant and toddler clothing. Supplies can be brought to Church of the Foothills, Gold Country Baptist Church and Calvary Chapel in Placerville. Democrat photo by Shelly Thorene


Eagle Scout: Nathaniel Alexander looks to solve problems

By From page B5 | September 20, 2013

It didn’t take long for aspiring Eagle Scout Nathaniel Alexander of Rescue to whip together a much needed project for the Placerville Pregnancy Counseling Services office on Main Street in Placerville.

“I saw him come in one day and take some measurements and the next thing I knew we had a counter with shelves below for baby blankets,” said volunteer PCS counselor Judy Hill. “Nathaniel did an excellent job, building big bins below the counter so that we can store all the things that were in the way before.”

Nathaniel took on the project as part of his effort to achieve Eagle Scout status, which he hopes to accomplish within just a few short months. Judging by his impressive résumé, it might not even take that long.

“Nathaniel is a self-starting individual,” said Marcus Alexander, Scout leader and Nathaniel’s dad. “He has many interests and an intensive drive to accomplish as much as the imagination can conceive.”

Equally proud son Nathaniel noted that his father serves as Advancement chair for his son’s Scout troop and as Fishing Merit Badge counselor. Keeping it all in the family, mom Kama Alexander is Merit Badge counselor for Camping, Citizenship in the World, Communication and Fitness.

Born and raised in El Dorado County, Nathaniel has been schooled at his Rescue home since pre-school age. Two years ago, when he took the Iowa standard testing to pass the eighth grade, he tested at the 11th grade level.

“I am very disappointed if my grades don’t reflect my best effort,” the young man explained.

Those efforts also find an outlet in music, at which Nathaniel excels, in an art that he loves. He plays several different instruments and is adept at working with sound boards.

“I like classical music and I like to share music with my family and friends.”

Perhaps it was only natural, then, that Nathaniel became the bugler for Troop 401, playing Taps and Reveille, among other calls, at troop meetings, Courts of Honor and community events.

Nathaniel also impresses family and friends with his skills at repairing and renovating clocks, and he is a HAM radio buff, operating under the call-sing KJ6VTJ. He conducts a Youth Net at 8 p.m. on Fridays on AG6AU 2 meter repeater.

Now that he has built the counter and bins for Placerville Pregnancy Counseling Services, which took some 150 hours and found Nathaniel overseeing several crews of Scouts and other workers, the teenager plans to conduct a drive to fill the bins and shelves with needed items such as diapers, baby wipes and new and gently used baby clothing.

So far, Nathaniel has earned 20 different merit badges (it takes 21 to become an Eagle Scout) and has taught younger Scouts, with what his father calls a particular talent at working with those with special needs.

Nathaniel has spent numerous hours in community service, both with the Scout troop and on his own, such as the annual U.S. Postal Service Food Drive, with the church he attends and with the Toys for Tots program.

Nathaniel said Scouting has been highly rewarding, and he advises other youth to consider this: “Scouting has helped me realize that where there is a problem, I can find a solution. I can overcome challenges that without the skills I learned in Scouting I would not be as prepared to accomplish and do as well.”

Pat Lakey

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