Published On: Wed, Mar 30th, 2011

Burbach attains Eagle Scout honor

David Burbach sits on the bench he built at Carkoski Field as part of his Eagle Scout projcet.

HARTINGTON — David Burbach, a senior a Hartington Public School, has earned the highest rank attainable in Boy Scouts.
Burbach was presented the Eagle Scout badge at a ceremony held in his honor March 20.


Burbach said the experience from participating in Boy Scouts will stay with him for many years.
“Boy Scouts will have a positive influence on the rest of my life,” Burbach said.
During the special program, Burbach presented a mentor pin to Jack Schmidt, Council Bluffs, Iowa, who had been one of his counselors at a Boy Scout camp.
“He believed in me before I had believed in myself,” Burbach said. “That is  important for a kid.”
Burbach is the first student from Hartington Public School to receive the Eagle Scout award since 1992 and he wanted his project to have a connection to the school.
“I chose Carkoski Field for my project as my school uses the Field,” Burbach said.
In August, 2010, Burbach led Troop 208 in the refurbishment of Carkoski Field, which included painting the field storage building and doing landscaping near the building. Bleachers, which are usually at the field were also painted.
Stone was purchased and a bench was installed on the northwest corner of Carkoski Field.
Burbach planned the project and sought out donations to cover the expenses.
Other members of the Troop and volunteers assisted with the work at the Field.
Burbach, who is the son of Kelly and Beth Burbach, began his scouting journey to Eagle Scout as a Wolf Cub Scout with Hartington Pack 189 and later earned the Arrow of Light as a Webelo with the Pack.
Burbach joined Troop 208 in 2006.
Burbach appreciated having Robert Colwell, Coleridge, as a Boy Scout leader.
“He is one of the best leaders – I could not have asked for better,” Burbach said.
While in Scouts, Burbach has earned 27 merit badges and attended Camp Cedars as a camper for four years earning the Kearney Challenge and Kit Fox awards.
Burbach has held the positions of scribe, patrol leader, senior patrol leader, instructor and junior assistant Scoutmaster.
High Adventure experiences for Burbach have included biking the Mikelson Trail in the Black Hills, canoeing the Boundary Waters in Minnesota, backpacking in Wyoming and white water rafting in Colorado.
Burbach has enjoyed all of his High Adventure trips.
“I will keep doing them the rest of my life,” he said.
Burbach has also served as a Camp Counselor at Camp Cedars, helping younger Scouts develop their own skills and respect for the outdoors.
Burbach’s plans include attending either Midland University, Fremont, or the University of Nebraska, Omaha, in the fall.
He is hoping to one day have a master’s degree in psychology.
Burbach’s scouting experience helped ignite his interest in psychology.
“My interest started when I was teaching Scouts at Camp Cedars,” Burbach said. “Watching them and seeing their different personalities made me interested in psychology.”
Burbach might even take on the responsibilities of a Boy Scout Leader some time down the road.
“I might be a leader some day – maybe,” he said.
Burbach has reason to be proud of achieving the rank of Eagle Scout.
National statistics show that on average three of 10 boys who become Scouts, will drop out in the first year.
Later in life, these men will remember they had been Scouts and speak well of the program.
Those statistics also show that out of 100 Scouts, 12 of those are typically from families without a religious affiliation and can be brought into contact with a church or a synagogue through Scouting and continue to be active all of their lives. Six of the 100 will enter the ministry.
Four of the 100 will reach the rank of Eagle and at least one will later say he values his Eagle Scout Badge above his college degree.

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