By Carolyn Lee
The Imperial Republican
An Imperial resident has obtained the highest honor from Boy Scouts of America. Korey Krutsinger is planning his Eagle Scout ceremony for February 2014.
Krutsinger, the son of Kriss and Lisa Krutsinger, was in charge of implementing the construction of a picnic shelter at Rock Creek State Recreation Area near Parks in Dundy County.
He chose the project, he said, because although there were picnic tables, there was no shelter.
Krutsinger’s father helped him with the plans for the 24 by 42 square foot building, and also helped him build it. In addition, six members of his scout Troop 218 of Benkelman helped pour the foundation and build supports over several weekends last April.
Adams Lumber supplied the building materials. The project cost over $10,000, with the majority of the funds donated.
Krutsinger started his scouting experience when his father suggested it, going through Bobcat, Tiger, Wolf, Bear and Webelos before becoming a Boy Scout in 2008.
“Dad was a really big influence,” he said, adding that his father was his Tiger Scout leader.
As the family moved around, so did Krutsinger’s troops. They lived in Kimball from 1998-2007, then Benkelman from 2007-09, before moving to Imperial.
“We had to make the trip to Benkelman for meetings, and my Eagle Scout project is kind of far away, so it was challenging but worth it,” he explained.
“I do feel honored” to become an Eagle Scout, Krutsinger commented. A very small percentage of scouts become Eagle Scouts.
“I had to travel, so things you take for granted like having a troop here (in Imperial), made it more special,” he said.
He added that striving to become an Eagle Scout taught him how to follow through on a project, even though at times he might want to give up.
How does becoming an Eagle Scout impact his life?
Krutsinger said, “It gives a complementary set of values to my religious beliefs. Being an honest person pays off.”
Krutsinger attributed his success to his parents and his grandparents “in getting me there.
“I’m honored being a part of something greater than myself,” he said.