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Eagle Nathan Reber

Nathan Reber received his Eagle Scout Award at a court of honor. He is a member of troop 2640 sponsored by the Mesquite 6th Ward of the Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints. His project was erecting a flag pole at the community garden on Hafen Lane. His favorite merit badge was tracking and he attended summer camp at Kolob, went white water rafting in the Tetons and deep-sea fishing in California. He graduated from Virgin Valley High School and will serve a mission in Alaska for the LDS church. He is the son of Larry and Jennifer Reber.

When the Eagle’s nest was formed, six of the eagles were - his father, his uncles and his brothers. Matt Reber, Nathan’s uncle, gave him the Eagle Charge challenging him, “to so live and serve that those who know you will be inspired to finer living.” He continued, “Always remember that as an Eagle Scout, you become a guide to other scouts. You become an example in your community and your actions are now a little more conspicuous and people will expect more of you. “Reber had Nathan repeat the scout oath to reaffirm his obligation to serve God, his country, fellow scouts and his community.

Keith Reber, Nathan’s uncle, gave a scoutmaster minute, and told the story of how scouting teaches young men to do hard things. He told the story of a young man who had never been camping and how he learned to overcome his fears while building and then sleeping in a snow cave in eastern Oregon in weather 17 degrees below zero. Reber said, “The young scout went on to serve in the Marines and was #1 in his class as a Green Beret. When he came back to visit, he told me scouting had changed his life. The young man said, “Scouting taught me I can do hard things!”

Brian Haviland, chairman of the Virgin River District BSA, presented the awards and Nathan’s mother pined the Eagle Ribbon and emblem on Nathan’s shirt. Nathan presented pins to his parents for their support and help in reaching his goal. Nathan presented his mentor pin to his grandmother, Pat Reber, for her love and encouragement to complete his project and paperwork. He said, “My grandmother taught me right from wrong and I want to thank her for her love and help.”

Haviland presented Nathan with a pocket knife engraved with ‘Eagle Scout’ as a reminder of his achievement in the scouting program.

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