Belgium resident upholds Krauska tradition of earning Boy Scoutsâ€™ highest award
When Village of Belgium resident Brandon Krauska achieved the prestigious Eagle Scout rank, he not only joined an elite group of Boy Scouts, he also entered a special family club.
In addition to Brandon, his father Paul Krauska and his three uncles Ââ€” Greg, Bernard and Alex â€” are all Eagle Scouts.
Brandon, 20, received the support of his entire family during a medal presentation at the Belgium House restaurant on Sunday.
But it was especially touching for Brandon, he said, to have his uncles from Waukesha, Minnesota and Pennsylvania at the event.
â€śI was really surprised my uncle from Pennsylvania drove for 10 straight hours to be there,â€ť said Brandon.
Brandon completed the ambitious task of constructing an informational kiosk at the Cedarburg Bog State Natural Area for his Eagle Scout project.
â€śWhat was astonishing about this project, was not only the cost, but several other Scouts attempted to take on the project and gave up,â€ť Paul Krauska said.
Since the kiosk was built on the Department of Natural Resources property, construction plans had to follow specific requirements, Krauska said.
Brandon received a donation of $6,841 worth of lumber, nails, concrete and other materials from Home Depot for the project.
Brandon said he constructed the structure on his familyâ€™s property, then disassembled it in sections to transport it to the Bog.
It took Brandon and a group of volunteers eight weekends to pour a concrete base and build the kiosk on-site.
â€śI think once we had everyone out there it was quite easy. The planning and the building Ââ€” Iâ€™m not sure which was harder,â€ť Brandon said. â€śIâ€™m not used to being a leader and I have respect for those who lead big projects and how much work they have to do.â€ť
After Brandon received his medal, he presented his parents Paul and Pam with Eagle Scout pins.
Brandon gave a third pin to his grandfather Richard Geiser of Belgium.
â€śI gave the mentor pin to someone who I thought was inspirational in getting me to the Eagle rank,â€ť Brandon said, who noted his grandfather helped him each weekend with the build.
â€śIâ€™m proud and excited that I am an Eagle and I finished something big,â€ť Brandon said.
Brandon, a freshman at Lakeland College in Sheboygan, is studying business management with a minor in aviation.
Image Information: EAGLE SCOUT Brandon Krauska of Belgium (center) held his Eagle medal during a ceremony Sunday, March 24. Standing with him are fellow Eagle Scouts and family members (from left) Greg, Paul, Bernard and Alex Krauska. Photo by Sam Arendt