Klar obtains Eagle Scout rank

WEIRTON – Seth Klar, of Cove Presbyterian Church’s Boy Scout Troop 334, passed a Board of Review and attained the rank of Eagle Scout Nov. 20.

Klar began scouting in 2001 as a Cub Scout in Pack 334 and earned the Arrow of Light, the highest rank in Cub Scouting. He has been a member of Troop 334 for eight years.

He has participated in the annual Scouting for Food collection, Fort Steuben Scout Reservation summer camps, rafting at Ohio Pyle State Park, a 160-mile, three-day biking and camping trip along the C&O Canal, touring Niagara Falls and Buffalo, N.Y., and visiting the Statue of Liberty and Ellis Island in New York City.

To become an Eagle Scout, Klar had to be actively involved in the troop, obtain letters of reference and earn 33 merit badges, 12 of which were specifically required by the Boy Scouts of America. In addition, he had to serve in a position of leadership within the troop and did so by serving as an assistant patrol leader, patrol leader and senior patrol leader, and participated in a Boy Scouts of America Leaders Conference.

Klar also had to complete a service project. As his project, he constructed a community prayer garden with a prayercache and geocache at the Christ United Methodist Church on Pennsylvania Avenue.

Geocaching allows participants to use the Global Positioning System to hide and find containers, which usually include a logbook so participants can note the date they found it and, some times, trade small items. The geocache is registered as “Eagle’s Lair” at geocache.com.

The prayercache works in a similar way, but allows participants to leave and take away written prayers.

He was responsible for the planning, designing and execution of the project, including presenting his idea to the church trustees, his troop and the Ohio River Valley Council Advancement Committee.

Klar also raised more than $3,000 in funds, materials and in-kind service and organized and coordinated the volunteers. The project was completed in September, and he completed an Eagle Scout Board of Review in November.

After completion of all the requirements, Klar completed his Eagle Scout Board of Review on Nov. 20.

Eagle Scouting celebrated its 100th anniversary in 2012 with a record number of nearly 58,000 scouts earning Eagle rank.