Baraboo student honored by state representative for reaching Eagle Scout
Baraboo High School sophomore Carter Stapleton almost “did in” his family — his mother’s words — by cooking three meals a day for 12 weeks to earn a badge, but now he’s got the Eagle Scout rank and recognition from state legislators to show for it.
State Rep. Dave Considine, D-Baraboo, presented Stapleton with a citation from the state Assembly for achieving Eagle Scout in the high school commons Friday in front of members of his family and his track teammates.
Considine said about 6 percent of the state’s elected officials have earned the rank, the highest one in the Boy Scout organization. Around 4 percent of Boy Scouts eventually reach Eagle Scout.
“I really admire people who have the persistence and the dedication to earn it,” Considine said, noting that he gives out about three citations a year to new Eagle Scouts.
The son of Amanda and Victor Stapleton, Stapleton joined Cub Scouts in second grade, then graduated to the Boy Scouts as a fifth-grader in 2014. He spent most of his Scouting career in Baraboo’s Troop 77 under Scoutmaster John Langeberg but switched to Troop 58 of Mazomanie to finish his Eagle Scout requirements under Scoutmaster Adam Valenta.
He accumulated 23 service hours, held three positions of leadership within his troop and earned 31 merit badges, a gold and a silver palm and the Brotherhood rank in the Order of the Arrow service unit.
But to reach Eagle, a Scout also has to propose and carry out a service project. For his, Stapleton said he built five picnic tables for the Badger Steam & Gas Engine Club Show. He presented the club with bids for the materials and then led a group of other Boy Scouts in executing the work.
“As a parent, having an Eagle Scout in the house — it just brings a better level of confidence in his ability to go out and achieve his goals in life,” Amanda Stapleton said.
While Carter said the achievement is a “good accomplishment” and looks good on resumes, he had an extra incentive, thanks to his father: the promise of his own Henry Golden Boy gun. The two like to shoot at a range, he noted.
About six other current BHS students are Eagle Scouts, according to Amanda Stapleton.
Considine learned of the achievement through Stapleton’s track and cross country coach, Jake Boll.
Boll, who earned the rank himself in 2003, said he’s “very proud” of Stapleton.
“Much of what you do in high school is important at the time and it helps you get to the next step of college or your first job, but the award of Eagle Scout is something you get to put on your resume your entire life. It’s a brotherhood,” Boll said. “You don’t say, ‘I was an Eagle Scout.’ For the rest of Carter’s life, he gets to say, ‘I am an Eagle Scout.’ And that’s a special thing.”