HOLLAND — West Ottawa senior Michael Nasif gets the greatest satisfaction out of helping others.


Those he’s helped have noticed that, too.


Nasif recently reached the top rank after completing his Eagle Scout project — building a pump house cover for the water pump and pressure tank at the Holland Community Garden, which is a volunteer-operated garden through Community Action House and the Michigan State University Extension program.


After getting the idea from a visit to the garden, Nasif brought it to his scout master, who approved.


There were several other steps before the project could begin.


“I had to figure out how I wanted the structure to be built and how I wanted to do painting,” Nasif said. “Once I got that done, I had to present that to a board in my troop. Once they approved that, I had to take it up with someone else who’s in charge of the district.


“After he approved it and my fundraising paperwork, then I was OK to start fundraising and asking for donations.”


Nasif got donations from his troop, Holland businesses and especially from Van Wieren Hardware in Holland, who made a large contribution. The total cost for the project was a little over $300.


Nasif and some helpers built the frame and painted the cover at his grandparents’ house. Once that was completed, they brought it to the garden and set it up.


“It just made me happy to help someone else out,” Nasif said. “I know I had an ulterior motive trying to become an Eagle Scout, but overall, the process — it was fun being able to build something and learn how to use the tools, building walls, roofing and just everything else.


“Just being able to lead a project and being able to coordinate everything and have fun with my friends as we’re doing something to help people out was great.”


Barry Andersen, principal volunteer at the garden and a master gardener, said the project was a great help.


“We’ve been wanting something to protect the pump and keep all the piping and all that stuff protected from the weather,” Andersen said. “So that was a real benefit and something we’ve been needing for a few years.”


Nasif said building the cover was one of the many rewarding experiences he’s had as a Boy Scout.


“Being a Boy Scout is so fun,” Nasif said. “You get to experience many different things you wouldn’t be able to otherwise. For example, I got to go up to Mackinac Island a couple times, got to travel to other states, got to sleep in a cave, different camping experiences — had to survive different things on my own.


“You get a lot of life experience with that. The things you learn in Boy Scouts, you don’t just forget afterwards. You remember them for the rest of your life.”


Holland Community Action House’s community engagement Director Meagan Maas said the Boy Scouts have been a big help to the garden over the years.


“There’s been a number of Eagle Scout projects at the garden, and they’re not just these rinky-dink, memorial projects, either — they’re making the garden function better and they’re helping feed more people and do it in a safer way,” Maas said.


Nasif said the project — and earning the rank of Eagle Scout — could not have been without help.


“It’s not an easy thing getting all the way to Eagle Scout,” Nasif said. “You’ve got to put a lot of effort in, it’s not just one person doing all the work. It’s a lot of people behind the scenes. I guarantee you every Eagle Scout there is, there’s a bunch of people behind them.


“There’s no way they’d be an Eagle Scout with their own hard work.”


— Contact Assistant Sports Editor Beau Troutman at btroutman@hollandsentinel.com. Follow him on Twitter @BVTroutman.