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A scouts honor: Passing on the tradition

Posted: Saturday, Jul 26th, 2014

Chris Builta organized a geocaching event for Korean foreign exchange students at NIU in August 2012 to earn his Eagle Scout rank. He had to set up the hunt and explain how to use the GPS and track the coordinates to the students. (Courtesy photo)

ROCHELLE — Chris Builta is a fourth generation Boy Scout and with help, encouragement and inspiration from his dad, Steve Builta, he recently obtained the rank of Eagle Scout.

Builta started scouts as a first grader in 2003 as a Tiger Cub and worked his way up the ranks with his father always by his side. Builta is the only member of the initial Tiger Cub group to obtain Eagle Scout status.

Most Eagle Scouts spend at least a month planning and organizing their service project; Builta only had a week and a half to finalize all his plans.

“I had a rare opportunity to put together my service project in a week and a half,” stated Builta. “I didn’t have as much time as I would have hoped but if I didn’t do it right away I would have had to change my project.”

For the complete article see the 07-27-2014 issue.

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