Local Eagle Scout gains rank, beautifies Rolling Hills Estates Nature Preserve – Daily Breeze

The efforts of a local scout helped beautify a local nature preserve as part of his Eagle Scout project.

Gento Shimamura, a high school student from Palos Verdes Peninsula High School, recently restored markers and installed an observation bench at the George F. Canyon Nature Preserve in Rolling Hills Estates. The Eagle Scout Project is the final test before attaining the highest rank in the Boy Scouts of America. The project asks the Scouts to benefit from an organization outside the BSA with the aim of pushing them to use all their leadership skills.

For his own project, Shimamura led 14 members of Scout Troop No. 783, along with six parent volunteers, to repaint eight markers in the 51-acre nature reserve over a two-day period. The group also installed two new trail markers and built a bench attached to a bridge along the trail. And they used their extra time over the two days to clean up the interpretive signs along the trail.

The nature preserve, owned by the Rolling Hills Estates and operated by the PVP Land Conservancy, offers a shaded trail through its coastal and woodland habitats. A stream in the reserve serves as a hub for many insects, birds and mammals.

The project, Shimamura said, “required a lot of planning and building prototypes that were prepared for the project.”

Shimamura provided all the necessary supplies, including lumber, paint, primer, and concrete.

  • Gento Shimamura, a senior at Palos Verdes Peninsula High School, led 14 members of Scout Troop #783, along with six parent volunteers, to repaint eight markers in the 51-acre George F. Canyon Nature Preserve in Rolling Hills Estates as part of its Eagle Scout Project. (Courtesy of Palos Verdes Peninsula Land Conservancy)

  • Gento Shimamura, a senior at Palos Verdes Peninsula High School, led 14 members of Scout Troop #783, along with six parent volunteers, to repaint eight markers in the 51-acre George F. Canyon Nature Preserve in Rolling Hills Estates as part of its Eagle Scout Project. (Courtesy of Palos Verdes Peninsula Land Conservancy)

“Although it is hard work at times,” Shimamura said, “I realized how important and useful the project is for people to enjoy the beautiful track at GFC.

“I can’t wait for people to use the fixed beacon system,” he added.

Working with Scouts on Eagle and Gold Award projects combines many different learning experiences for students, said Megan Wolff, volunteer coordinator for the Palos Verdes Peninsula Land Conservancy.

“The community project process is a significant growth opportunity for Scouts,” she said, “and we are proud of their work and shared conservation goals.”

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