Published On: Thu, Dec 6th, 2007

Kramer earns Eagle Scout honor

HARTINGTON — Zach Kramer started his journey to Eagle Scout four years ago.
Kramer decided in August, 2003 when he joined Troop 189 to go after the award —the highest honor for a Boy Scout.
Kramer, a senior at Cedar Catholic High School, is currently a member of Troop 208 of Coleridge, Randolph, Hartington and Osmond, which he joined in 2004.

Kramer, who is 17, completed his Eagle Scout Project in May of this year at the Msgr. Cyril J. Werner Activity Center.
He planned and organized a project which included cleaning up the flower beds around the south and east sides of the Activity Center to prepare them for weed mat and rock.
He planted shrubs and flowers in the two tiered planter after putting weed mat and rock in place. He also organized the planting of dogwoods behind the Ten Commandment Monument for the Knights of Columbus.
To complete the project, Kramer was assisted by 26 Scouts and adults.
During Kramer’s years in Scouting, he has attended MAC Freedom Fest Jubilee, and Spring Camporee at Camp Butterfield, as well as several local troop camp-outs and lock-ins.
He participated in Rendezvous at Camp Butterfield and Lewis and Clark Summer Camps for two years. He attended Merit Badge College for three years.
Kramer experienced High Adventure at three camps which included a canoe trip to the Boundary Waters in Minnesota and whitewater rafting, backpacking and fishing in Colorado. High Adventure this past summer involved biking 50 miles in one day in the Black Hills, hiking to Hearney Peak and touring Jewel Cave.
The High Adventure trips were educational experiences that Kramer will remember the rest of his life.
Kramer said he learned a lot from his former Scout Master Wyatt Fraas, and the current Scout Master Robert Colwell, as well as the other troop leaders.
“I learned a lot by going on the High Adventure trips,” said Kramer. “As we would walk on the different trails they would explain the different plants to us. The things I learned while earning my badges I will use the rest of my life.”
Kramer has earned 24 Merit Badges; 11 of the Badges were required to become an Eagle Scout.
Kramer has helped with many troop fundraising projects and service projects over the years.
He has held the leadership positions of Assistant Patrol Leader, Assistant Senior Patrol Leader, Troop Guide and is currently an Instructor.

In 2007, Kramer was called out for the Order of the Arrow — the Scout’s National Honor Society.
The Eagle Scout Court for Kramer, who is the son of Marty and Bonnie Kramer, was held Dec. 2 at Holy Trinity Catholic Church, Hartington.
Becoming an Eagle Scout carries with it a special significance, not only in Scouting but also in higher education, business and community service.
Only about five percent of all Boy Scouts earn Eagle Scout.
An obligation of an Eagle Scout is to live with honor and be loyal to God, country and community.