And now Nathaniel has earned his Eagle Scout rank, having completed a new wooden deck that will serve the Shingle Springs Community Center, a project begun and completed last fall.
The work included the knock-down of the old deck structure, roughing out and completing plans for a new deck and getting a crew together to bring the project to fruition.
The first part was easy, Nathaniel said.
“Demolition is fun, so I think the reason it went so smoothly is probably because we had a lot of teenage guys who were more than happy to hit things with hammers,” said the 18-year-old Ponderosa High School senior who has been in Scouting since he was 8 years old.
Son of Joseph and Sue Moody, Nathaniel moved to Shingle Springs as an infant and calls the town his home. His dad worked as a contractor and Nathaniel worked alongside him for some time, giving him a bit of experience that helped in his recent Eagle project, he said.
“I didn’t have much experience specifically with building decks but I was interested, and the deck (at the community center) obviously needed work done, which is what made it my choice for my Eagle Scout project,” he explained.
Nathaniel said he spent weeks drafting plans for the deck and organizing volunteers for the project.
Some half-dozen other Scouts showed up for the construction, along with their families and friends on a November day last year that saw the old deck demolished and the new one built, all in a single day.
“It was quite an impressive group,” Nathaniel recalled.
Shingle Springs Community Center officials agree.
“The Shingle Springs Community Center is very happy with the new deck, which is part of a list of items the board and members have been working on to update the center,” said board member Mike Williamson, who added that the center has served the community since the 1950s.
“We want to thank Eagle Scout Nathaniel Moody for his community involvement and for the work he and other Scouts and volunteers did to complete this project.”
Once the new deck was finished, Nathaniel returned a few days later to put on the finishing touches, installing new, painted hand rails.
Nathaniel said becoming an Eagle Scout has been “a big deal” among family members and his peers “for as long as I can remember.”
“It was definitely worth the work and all the experiences I’ve had and skills I’ve gained over time were the only compensation I needed for my efforts,” he added.
Nathaniel had a few words of encouragement for youngsters thinking about joining Boy Scouts.
“I believe it’s worth becoming a Scout mostly because of the experiences you get to have,” he said. “Some of my highlights were climbing Pyramid Peak and getting to look down on everything from the top of a mountain, hiking into Desolation Wilderness and catching my first fish and finally getting to tour one of the world’s biggest corn mazes.”
At Ponderosa High, Nathaniel is on the varsity wrestling squad.
Upon graduation he plans to attend Brigham Young University in Idaho.