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NMSU ROTC commander to give talk about Boy Scout camp in Nepal

The commander of New Mexico State University’s Air Force Reserve Officers’ Training Corps (AFROTC) will give a talk on leading a Boy Scout troop in Nepal as part of the 2017 “Global Connections series in the College of Arts and Sciences.


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Lt. Col. Jeremiah Klomp (center, back), commander of NMSU's Air Force ROTC detachment, helped in a Boy Scout camp in Nepal in 2015. He will share his experiences in a Global Connections talk scheduled for Nov. 8 at 5 p.m. in the Health and Social Services building room 101A. (Photo courtesy of Jeremiah Klomp)

Klomp’s presentation will be at 5 p.m. Wednesday, Nov. 8 in the Health and Social Services Auditorium, Room 101A.

In 2013, Lt. Col. Jeremiah Klomp, also an Eagle Scout, the highest rank someone in the Boy Scouts of America can achieve, was stationed in Taiwan as the American Embassy attaché.

While there, Klomp assisted a Boy Scouts of America troop made up of other American expatriates’ sons, as well as Klomp’s own. Taiwan, as well as other countries such as Japan, Indonesia, the Philippines and China, also had BSA units. These groups collaborated on what they could do for a scout camp that summer.

“One scout leader had a Habitat for Humanity project in Nepal,” said Klomp. “So we started planning to go out to a Boy Scouts of Nepal camp up in the mountains.”

Altogether Klomp said there were 150 to 180 Boy Scouts from various Asian countries who attended this scout camp. In the first week of the camp, the scouts worked toward earning merit badges.

“We had a lawyer teaching law and an electrician teaching electricity,” said Klomp. “And I’m a space guy, so I taught nuclear engineering and space exploration.”

The scouts slept in tents they carried with them.

After this the scout camp met up with the Habitat for Humanity contact and helped to repair various villages in the area.

“We got to spend a day in Kathmandu walking around the old city and seeing some of the architecture, learn about the history and culture,” said Klomp.

The most challenging part of the trip was arranging for the transfer of the 150-180 Boy Scouts from various countries to Nepal, and then keeping track of them while in camp.

“But we didn’t lose anybody, so it turned out well,” Klomp said.

The purpose of the College of Arts and Sciences’ “Global Connections” lecture series is to provide an opportunity for members of the campus and surrounding community to listen and ask questions of NMSU professors about the kind of global first-hand experiences they might otherwise never encounter. The talks are free and open to the public.