New Rogers Eagle Scouts soar
Eagle Scout Court of Honor ceremonies were recently conducted to celebrate the accomplishments of Jakob Dotterer, Jared Dotterer and Nathan Pinter who each earned the Boy Scouts of America’s highest rank of Eagle Scout.
The Dotterer’s ceremony was at Northridge Fellowship Church in Rogers. Pinter’s ceremony was at his home church, Valley Community Presbyterian Church in Golden Valley. Jared and Nathan become the 15th and 16th Eagle Scouts to hail from Rogers Troop 582. Jakob became the very first Eagle Scout from Otsego Troop 590.
Jakob and Jared Dotterer, 15, are the sons of Jed and Teresa Dotterer, Otsego. Both are freshmen at Rogers High School and have been active in boy scouts since joining Rogers Troop 582 in 5th grade. In 2011, Jakob joined the newly formed Otsego Troop 590 while Jared remained with Rogers Troop 582.
Jakob’s Eagle Scout service project was making wooden benches for Otsego Elementary. The benches were scaled down in size to accommodate the students and were placed on the walking path near the playground. They are enjoyed daily by the hundreds of students at the school. Jared’s Eagle Scout service project involved making wooden benches for a local non-profit organization that sponsors shooting education for various organizations such as the Boy Scouts of America, Wounded Warrior Program, and Women On Target to name a few. They were placed at various shooting ranges for participants to enjoy.
Nathan Pinter, 15, is the son of Mike and Camille Pinter of Rogers and is a sophomore at Rogers High School. He has been an active member of Rogers Troop 582 since joining in 5th grade. His Eagle Scout service project was planting a rain garden off of the parking lot at Valley Community Presbyterian Church in Golden Valley.
A rain garden is a planted depression that allows rainwater runoff from urban areas like driveways and parking lots the opportunity to be absorbed as opposed to flowing into storm drains. The purpose of a rain garden is to improve water quality in nearby bodies of water and they can cut down on the amount of pollution reaching creeks and streams by up to 30%.
Nathan was in contact with many different people and agencies in order to complete the design and plan the implementation of the project. After getting his applications and permits approved from the City of Golden Valley, he created a project plan, ordered the materials and lined up volunteers from his family, scout troop, friends and Valley Church members.
Two hundred native plants purchased from the Ramsey County Correctional Facility were used in the rain garden and more than 160 total hours of volunteer time went into the planning and execution of Pinter’s project.