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Written by MITCH MAERSCH   
Wednesday, 31 May 2017 18:43


Becoming an Eagle Scout is a noteworthy achievement by any standard.
Then there are the Krauskas, where it’s a family tradition.
James Krauska, a member of Troop 806 of Belgium and a senior at Cedar Grove-Belgium High School, is the latest to earn the honor with his kiosk at Harrington Beach State Park.
His older brother Brandon became an Eagle Scout a few years ago. Their dad Paul is an Eagle Scout, as well as their three uncles, Greg, Bernard and Alex.
“That’s the goal of every Scout,” Paul said.
eaglesJames stood back and took a look at the project that fulfilled his goal and sighed.
“Elated,” he said of his reaction upon its completion last fall.
“I’m really proud,” Paul said. “I was ecstatic.”
James and his team worked nights and weekends last October and November, hustling to finish the kiosk before snow began to fly. One challenge for some scouts, Paul joked, was having to use outhouses after the park’s welcome center closed for the season.
But that was just construction. Planning for the project began last May. Total man hours eclipsed 1,000.
Eagle Scout projects are team efforts. Prospective Eagle Scouts may not do them alone. They may garner donations and show other Scouts and helpers how to do the work.
“I’m supposed to show leadership skills,” James said.
Project management and leadership are two skills Brandon learned when putting his kiosk in the Cedarburg Bog.
“I was a lot more timid before I got the Eagle. I had to learn to be more assertive and take control of situations,” he said.
James said he learned perseverance.
He said he chose a kiosk because Brandon’s looked nice.
James got $1,050 worth of wood and an angle iron donated from Magnum Manufacturing in Milwaukee.
The kiosk was assembled off site and installed with a tow truck. James and his team had to follow the Scout Council’s rules, such as children younger than 18 may not use power tools.
Scouts had their own skill specialties. One liked to dig, so he was held by the waist as he tore into the ground. Another loved chiseling the wood for the kiosk.
The roof proved to be a special challenge. The team put on the cedar shank shingles backward at first.
Scouts had to take them off and put them on again.
While he couldn’t do the installation work, Paul said James was allowed to help take the shingles off.

 
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