Boy Scout leader Sue Barker pins the Eagle Scout Award to Larry Schulte during his local award ceremony at Trinity Lutheran Church.SGH/Photos by Deschler
Boy Scout leader Sue Barker pins the Eagle Scout Award to Larry Schulte during his local award ceremony at Trinity Lutheran Church.

SGH/Photos by Deschler
"The fact that a boy is an Eagle Scout has always carried a special significance not only in scouting, but also as he enters higher education, business or industry, and community service.

"Not every boy who joins a Boy Scout troop earns the Eagle Scout rank; only about five percent of all Boy Scouts do so," explains the Boy Scouts of America website,

Larry Schulte of Spring Grove is one of that five percent to earn his Eagle Scout award. He recently received his award at a ceremony in front of family, friends and fellow troop members.

To earn the rank of Eagle Scout, a Boy Scout must progress through the ranks in this order: Tenderfoot, Second Class, First Class, Star, Life and finally Eagle. He must earn 21 merit badges that include: First Aid, Citizenship in the Community, Citizenship in the Nation, Citizenship in the World, Communications, Environmental Science, Personal Fitness, Camping, Family Life, Personal Management, Emergency Preparedness or Lifesaving and Cycling, Hiking or Swimming.

He must also serve in a troop leadership position and complete a service project. Once all of this was complete, Schulte had interviews by an Eagle Scout board of review.

"There were three of the top people from the council in La Crosse that interviewed me," Schulte explained. "It lasted about an hour; they asked a lot of questions about my Boy Scout career. It made me a little nervous."

Schulte has been a scout since first grade. He joined because "it seemed like fun" and many of his classmates were a part of it, too. Only two of his classmates, Hank Hegge and Mikal Guberud, have stayed in Boy Scouts with him.

He has participated in many activities throughout his Boy Scout career, but his favorites have been camping and anytime they went to the climbing wall at Camp Decorah in La Crosse, Wis.

The National Scout Jamboree is a 10-day gathering of scouts from all across America and happens only once every four years. Schulte attended the event in 2010 in Washington, D.C.

The event was not only scouts and leaders, but famous people were also there such as Shaun White (professional skateboarder and snowboarder, two-time Olympic gold medalist) and Mike Rowe of Discover Channel's "Dirty Jobs."

For his service project for his Eagle Scout award, Schulte worked on the disc golf course in Trollskogen Park.

He cemented the Frisbee baskets in place and placed mats as to where a person should stand to throw for a particular goal.

Being that the goal baskets are scattered throughout the park, he painted the tops a hot pink color to make them more visible for players.

He also drew up the course layout and gave the plan to Robin Bartell who computerized the drawing as well as added decorative details.

The drawing then became a metal sign that was placed in the park near the start area of the disc golf.

Schulte built a wooden kiosk for the metal sign. The disc golf map and score card can be found on the city's website, under the "Parks" tab.

With the help of family and friends, the project took him about 30 hours to complete. Disc golf is a popular sport on college campuses. Schulte enjoys spending time in the park with his friends playing the course.

Including Schulte, 36 Boy Scouts in the Gateway Area Council received the Class of 2012 Eagle Scout Award.

The Gateway Area Council includes three scouting districts that include the Houston County in Minnesota and the Wisconsin counties of Buffalo, Crawford, Jackson, Juneau, La Crosse, Monroe, Trempealeau and Vernon.

Schulte is completing his junior year of high school at Spring Grove Public School. He plans to stay involved with scouts and will be going with them this summer when they go to Omaha, Neb., to the Omaha Zoo.

They will be participating in a behind the scenes tour and completing merit badges as part of their trip.

"It feels nice to have accomplished this (Eagle Scout Award)," Schulte remarked with a smile. "Some of the badges and requirements along the way were kind of hard to get, but we did a lot of fun things too and it feels good to have completed it."

Schulte is the son of Miles and Sue Schulte. His mothers, along with Lori Johnson are the Cub Scout leaders and Sue Barker is the Boy Scout leader.