Camas, WA — During their regular City Council session Monday night, Camas Mayor Scott Higgins recognized Boy Scout, Nolan Friend, for his Eagle Scout project work along Lacamas Lake.

Each month, the mayor recognizes local citizens with the Volunteer Spirit Award for work they’ve done to make life a little better.

Friend approached the city in February 2016 looking for ideas for his Eagle Scout project. The project is typically the final major task on the road to receiving an Eagle Scout award. The Eagle Scout project requires extensive planning, development, organization, and fundraising.

For his project, Friend rebuilt the Heritage Trail overlook, on the south side of Lacamas Lake. It was in dire need of repair, so he took it on. Friend designed the new overlook, had his project approved by his leadership, the city, and a local scout district official. Once approved, Friend procured the needed supplies, set a date, and had the help of volunteers to make it happen.

The work was completed during Spring Break, and according to Higgins, “we’ve received many responses from many grateful citizens.”

During the City Council session, Higgins expressed his gratitude to the Boy Scout organization, as a whole, calling out their continued volunteer work.

”Additionally, we have Boy Scouts that approach us from time to time with Eagle Scout project ideas,” said Higgins. “They do great work. This project really stood out, and I have to say this project exceeded staff’s expection by far. I think it has exceeded the community’s expectation by far. We have a tendency to get a lot of public feedback on stuff, and we’ve not gotten as much feedback as we received on this project. This award goes to Nolan Friend for his extensive  efforts to rebuild the Heritage Trail Overlook at Lacamas Lake.”

After receiving the award, Friend approached the podium and thanked the council.

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  1. Alisa
    Alisa says:

    THIS is so FANTASTIC! I have had the privilege of working with Nolan in several capacities: Track and Field at Camas, in church as his “ma” for a Pioneer Trek where he was an OX! Hard working and positive young man. And this year in class – Algebra 2 – where he is just as hard working and positive. I LOVE seeing his smiling, positive self each day! It really brightens my own day. I am so happy for him and beyond proud of him! WAY TO GO NOLAN!!!!!


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