Troop 232 ranks two new Eagles in Grass Valley |

Troop 232 ranks two new Eagles in Grass Valley

Boy Scouts Travis Vanvekoven, left, and Donald Cameron, of Troop 232 in Grass Valley, received their Eagle ranks at a June 14 Court of Honor in Peardale.
Submitted photo by Trina Kleist |

Travis Vanvekoven and Donald Cameron have earned their Eagle Scout rank from Boy Scouts of America Troop 232, based in Grass Valley.

Vanvekoven’s project involved building a covered sandbox for the kindergarten and first-grade students at Deer Creek Elementary School, in Nevada City. The 8-foot-by-8-foot box was constructed of wood with the help of fellow Scouts; the canvas cover can be rolled over the sandbox when it’s not in use. The project included a gravel base, sand for the box and stain for the wood.

“I have never supervised anything like this, so I think the scheduling of helpers and supervising them at work days will be difficult,” Vanvekoven said in his report.

Vanvekoven received donations from Diamond Pacific Lumber Supply, Moule Paint and Glass, Custom Canvas and Tim Jacobs Construction, all in Nevada County. His sandbox required more than 121 man-hours to complete and cost about $285, he said.

“I have enjoyed my many years in Boy Scouts,” Vanvekoven said.

Cameron’s project led to the installation of a 20-foot flagpole just beyond center field at his high school, Forest Lake Christian in southern Nevada County. He directed fellow Scouts in pouring the cement and smoothing it to make it match cement already in the area. His project included providing a flag and a solar light to illuminate it at night.

The project took 115 man-hours to complete, he said. The cost of materials was donated by Forest Lake Christian.

Before Cameron’s project, it was not possible to see an American flag from the sports field, he said. He wanted a flag to be present for the singing of the national anthem at events.

“With the flag pole installed here, it will (promote) a sense of patriotism throughout the school,” Cameron said.

For both projects, the boys had to outline their proposals, create detailed supply lists, develop budgets, organize the purchase or donation of materials, schedule work days, recruit helpers, arrange for food and beverages for their helpers, document their projects in detail and file a report.

Vanvekoven, 18, attended Nevada Union High School in Grass Valley and is considering a career in fire science. He is the son of Dawn Federmeyer, of Grass Valley.

Cameron, 18, graduated in June from Forest Lake Christian. He has been cleared to enlist in the U.S. Marine Corps and will be sworn in later this summer. He is the son of Tracy Cameron, of Grass Valley.

The two young men were honored at a Court of Honor ceremony June 14 in Peardale. For more information about Troop 232, contact Scoutmaster Jerod Johnson at The Range, 530-273-4440.

Trina Kleist is a Grass Valley freelance writer. She may be contacted at or 530-575-6132.

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