2009-09-03 / News

Grand Blanc senior fulfills goal by earning Eagle Scout rank


Dakota Starr, 18 of Grand Blanc Twp., earned his Eagle Scout rank Aug. 25, fulfilling one of his current life goals. Dakota Starr, 18 of Grand Blanc Twp., earned his Eagle Scout rank Aug. 25, fulfilling one of his current life goals. GRAND BLANC TWP. — Dakota Starr can cross one thing off his list of things he wants to do in life.

For Starr, 18 of Grand Blanc Twp., becoming an Eagle Scout is a big check.

“I kept saying to myself that 12 years of work boiled down to three days — the day of the Eagle Scout project, the day of the Board of Review and the day of the actual Court of Honor,” said Starr. “Ecstatic was how I felt when I actually found out I was going to be an Eagle Scout.”

It’s an honor Starr has been working toward all of his Boy Scout career — but really, it was the last year that made the difference.

In October, Starr completed his project — which worked to raise money and food for the VFW Post 822 food pantry. It also incorporated Starr’s love of history and drama because he put on a historical living museum in the parking lot of the VFW Hall as the highlight of the fundraiser.

“What I did was a living history museum of America’s famous people throughout history,” said Starr. “People came in and they donated food and wanted to buy food and each one of my living history characters had about a 2-minute long speech. They had question-and-answer sessions after and they were dressed in period clothing.”

Starr raised more than $700 and worked more than 260 hours to put on the show. Following the actual living museum was a year of paperwork and a massive report that Starr had to complete to officially earn the rank of Eagle Scout.

“The whole goal of (being an Eagle Scout) is to make a good leader out of the person and just to be able to learn life lessons and life skills faster than most people would and in a better manner,” said Starr.

Starr plans to stick around and help lead Troop 176 of Grand Blanc now that he is an Eagle Scout. His next step is the Court of Honor ceremony, which will be followed by a party. True to his historical passions, Starr’s party will have a Civil War ball theme.

He always thought being an Eagle Scout was something he would be good at.

“Only one out of every 100 Boy Scouts actually become Eagle Scouts. So uncommon things have always been one of my likes and this is uncommon,” said Starr, with a smile. “It was something that always seemed to me like I think I would be good at, that I could do.”

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