Ross Schultz will receive the Eagle Scout Award next month, bringing several years of Boy Scouting, hard work and fun to a close. He is among a very select and dedicated few - statistics show only two out of 100 Boy Scouts complete the work for the top award.
The son of Shari and Dr. Mark Schultz, Ross joined Scouts when he was in fourth grade after hearing about the fun some of his friends were having in the boys' group. He is now a junior in high school.
Ross earned merit badge after merit badge by performing tasks in such things as first aid, camping outdoors, fire building, computers, water skiing, snow skiing, life saving, knot tying and taking part in a variety of community service projects. With a variety of badges to work for, Ross tried to pick ones that were of interest to him. There were also many badges he was required to earn.
He worked through the ranks of the Scouts over the years and though he thought about quitting as he began to get involved in high-school activities but stuck it out, thinking, "I've gotten this far. I should finish so there is a purpose for everything I did and not just a lost memory."
He is very glad he did.
The Eagle project requires Scouts to think of an idea that could help the community, carry out the project, lead it and demonstrate leadership and knowledge.
With an interest in computers and recently learning how to put a web page together, he knew he wanted to do something in that area.
He had listened to his mom complaining on more than one occasion that didn't know how to get to a particular school in the Lake Conference to attend a high-school event. So he developed a Web page, linked to the Storm Lake High School Web site, and listed all the schools in the conference and detailed directions, which are easily printable, and how to get to the schools. Maps are included as well as a picture of the school.
His name isn't on the link and so not many know he is responsible for the useful information. But a few who do know he did the legwork to bring the information to the public have told him the information has been a great help.
Scouting has become a family affair. Ross encouraged his older brother Ryan into joining Scouts and when he graduated from SLHS last year, he had earned an Eagle award. Ross' two younger brothers, Collin and Casey, also followed in his footsteps. He is sure they have the dedication to go on to earn their Eagle award, too.
"Being in Scouts has given me a lot of leadership skills and a lot of experiences that will prepare me for real life," Ross commented. "I can build a pretty good fire," he joked.
"Scouting has given me so many opportunities." He explained the number of camping trips, a white water rafting trip to Wisconsin and attending the National Jamboree in Washington, DC are among his highlights.
"I went from being that kid that was always horsin' around to being the kid that sets a good example. Scouting isn't for everyone but it's a lot of fun if you're into the outdoors. I am glad I had the opportunity and it's something I will definitely remember."
Ross will receive the rank of Eagle Scout on April 2.
If you are interested in viewing his web site containing maps and directions to the conference schools, go to http://www.storm-lake.k12.ia.us/highscho...