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Feb 03, 2020

Holmdel Troop 331 Recognizes Eagle Scout Nathaniel Waldron

Nathaniel “Nate” Waldron was celebrated at an Eagle Court of Honor on Jan. 4 by his Holmdel Troop 331 leaders, fellow scouts, public officials, family and friends to recognize his achievement of the highest rank awarded by the Boy Scouts of America and scouting.

Born in 2003 in Charleston, South Carolina, Waldron moved with his family shortly thereafter to Holmdel, where they still reside. He is the younger of two children of Tom and Denise Waldron. His older brother, Benjamin, achieved the rank of Eagle through Troop 331 in 2015. Nate joined Cub Scout Pack 131/331 when he was a first grader, entered Webelos and crossed over into the Boy Scouts in 2015. Nate steadily advanced in rank and has earned 35 merit badges representing his many diverse interests and hobbies including First Aid, Fishing, Kayaking, Small Boat Sailing, Citizenship in the Nation and Cycling. On his path to Eagle, Nate graduated from the prestigious National Youth Leadership Training Program and has been inducted into scouting’s honor society, the Order of the Arrow, Na Tsi Hi Lodge 71. In 2017, he attended the National Scouting Jamboree at the Bechtel Reservation in West Virginia.

For his Eagle community service project, in October 2018 Nate teamed with his benefactors, the Friends of Holmdel Open Space, to oversee the design, construction and installation of two, 18-foot boardwalk sections on the Red Trail at Bayonet Farm in Holmdel. Nate’s High Adventure trek at Philmont Scout Reservation in New Mexico last July, including a 90-mile, nine-day full-pack hike at 13,000 feet elevation in the Sangre de Cristo Mountains, will provide a lifetime of great memories. He is now eyeing his next High Adventure scouting experience where he will put his scuba certification to use in Florida and the Caribbean.

Nate is a sophomore at Red Bank Catholic High School where he enjoys the sciences, history, literature, law, theology and playing lacrosse. He is also a cadet in the Holmdel First Aid Squad Explorer Program, active in youth group at Holmdel United Church of Christ, and has participated in basketball, lacrosse and soccer leagues across Monmouth County.