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Scouts: Eagle Scout Nathan Klaff improves grounds

From page B6 | November 08, 2013 | Leave Comment

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Nathan Klaff Courtesy photo

In addition to keeping would-be vandals from having a field day trying to destroy the landscaping at Lake Hills Covenant Church in El Dorado Hills, new Eagle Scout Nathan Klaff has earned that coveted rank, partly as a result of improving the grounds.

That project earned Nathan, 13, one of the 34 merit badges from the Boy Scouts, 13 more than the required number to attain Eagle Scout status.

The young teen’s efforts did not go unnoticed.

“We are very happy with the results,” said Lake Hills Pastor Ron Short. “It was a great project and not only beautifies the grounds but Nathan and the others put in a utility walkway to the parking lot, which helps keep the lawn from being damaged.

“The effort was just outstanding.”

Nathan, son of Michelle and Neal Klaff of El Dorado Hills, had help from members of Boy Scout Troop 465 of El Dorado Hills, where Nathan has been a member since fourth grade, starting out as a Cub Scout.

“My Eagle Scout service project was to lead a team of Scouts to re-landscape, build a fence, create a walkway and assemble two benches in front of Lake Hills Covenant Church,” Nathan said.

“Redeveloping this area allowed church members and guests to better enjoy the garden area as well as help prevent further vandalism to the church lawn.

“I raised money for my project through a bake sale and car wash. I also received a large donation of material from Pacific Supply. The project took over 300 hours and could not have been done without the support of my fellow Scouts.”

The ambitious undertaking took about four months to complete, Nathan added.

But he’s not done yet.

The eighth-grader is now working on his Eagle Palm awards, with additional service to earn more merit badges.

All this hard work is simply a prelude to what the young man intends for his life, with admirable goals on the horizon — a horizon that reaches to the stars.

“I would like to be a physicist studying quantum physics, working with NASA once I graduate from college,” said Nathan, who enjoys a 4.0 grade-point average at Marina Village Intermediate School and has been on the honor roll there every year of his attendance.

To further that bright future, Nathan said Scouting has been notably beneficial.

“It has taught me leadership, organizational skills and outdoor survival skills,” he said.

When he’s not busy with the Scouts, Nathan enjoys rowing with the Capital City Crew, along with participating in soccer and basketball.

For other Scouts who look forward to earning the prestigious Eagle Scout rank, Nathan advises beginning early to work on the 21 merit badges required, but don’t forget to have fun while doing so.

“Scouting has many opportunities for all areas of interest,” he pointed out. “Enjoy the Scouting experience and have fun.”


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