Building up the fun at field day

Casey Katte’s Eagle Scout project expands students’ assortment of activities
By 
MITCH MAERSCH
Ozaukee Press staff

Casey Katte remembers the fun he had at Cedar Grove-Belgium Elementary School’s field day, and that turned into his inspiration to help him reach the pinnacle of Scouting.

Katte had been looking for an Eagle Scout project, and he jumped at the idea from elementary school speech and language pathologist Natalie Brochtrup to build games for field day, the annual celebration of donations to charity held at the end of each school year that includes a variety of activity stations on the high school football field.

A donation from the school’s parent student teacher organization kick started Katte’s project, and Katte got donations from Oostburg Lumber, Home Depot and Sherwin-Williams before the lumber shortage.

He didn’t add just one or two games. Katte built four to add to the activity repertoire that can be used on more than just field day.

A giant version of a Connect 4 game was the most challenging, namely cutting out the holes in which to slide in the circular plywood pieces.

A large Jenga game started with eight 2-by-4 pieces of wood. Katte trimmed them to nine-inch pieces and painted them orange and black, colors of all three of the district’s schools.

A large copy of Kerplunk had Katte cutting 2-by-4s in half, building a wooden box and wrapping it with chicken wire.

Wooden dice had Katte cutting pieces of wood into cubes, then using the school’s drill press to indent the one to six dots on each side.

The project took about 180 hours. About 10 fellow Scouts helped on build days.

“It was a lot of fun. It was cool to see the result of it,” Katte said.

Katte liked watching children enjoy the fruits of his labor.

“It’s a rewarding feeling after all the time spent on this,” he said. “I’m definitely glad I did this.”

Elementary School Principal Jeff Kondrakiewicz was thrilled with the former student’s project.

“It’s always a great thing when kids give back to their school or community,” he said.

“It’s what our school is built on.”

Measuring, cutting and painting wood was only a portion of Katte’s project. His Eagle Scout Project review is slated for July 8.

“It’s surprising how much paper(work) there is,” he said.

Katte graduated from high school this month and plans to attend the University of Wisconsin-Platteville to study software engineering.

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