Duluth, MN (Northland's NewsCenter)
Kai Larsen joined Cub Scouts in elementary school and got his hands dirty doing scout stuff like learning about auto mechanics.
He also got his legs wet competing in things like the scout's cardboard boat race.
As a Boy Scout, he began the 325 tasks required to become an Eagle Scout, the highest rank possible.
On Sunday, those tasks ended as he received the Eagle.
"They estimate between two and four percent of boys that enter scouting ever complete the rank of Eagle so it's a pretty special honor to have Kai receive this award today." said scout leader Ann Clark.
The biggest task in the Eagle process is the community service project.
Larsen repaired trails at Hartley Nature Center.
"It was eroding every time it rained so I replaced gravel all over and fixed up all the bridges that were becoming a safety hazard there." said Larsen.
Kai joins about two million other scouts who have earned the Eagle rank since it's inception a hundred years ago.
The rank is more than a simple badge.
The achievement helps build a young man's resume.
"In the military it means they automatically advance one pay grade with the rank of Eagle Scout." said Clark.
Larsen now has something in common with President Gerald Ford and several astronauts.
"One of the biggest ones is Neil Armstrong. When he landed on the moon they said the eagle has landed and it did because he was wearing his Eagle Scout emblem under his astronaut suit." said Clark.
Over the years, scouting has been criticized by some for some of the organizations exclusions.
Girls and young women, though, are no longer left out.
They can be part of a co–ed unit called Venturing.
Their ultimate rank is called the Silver Award.
Kai Larsen, the fresh Eagle, plans to venture out on his own soon.
"I'd like to travel around the world and go on an epic adventure." said Larsen.
In Duluth, Dave Anderson, the Northland's News Center.
Kai Larsen started his scouting career in Dave Anderson's Cub Scout Den at Duluth's Homecroft School.
Congratulations to all scouts earning the Eagle Rank during this centennial year.