Eagle Scout rank award to Stauffer

NEW EAGLE – Celebrating an Eagle Scout promotion for John David Stauffer, center, were, from left, Mary Littman, mother Camille Stauffer, father Jay Stauffer and Scoutmaster Curt Littman.

The highest earned rank in Scouting was awarded last Tuesday to John David Stauffer, a member of Troop 351, in Fredericksburg.

Earning his Eagle Scout rank on Dec. 12, 2012, Stauffer was responsible for the building of the new playground at the Oak Crest Park ball diamond near the fair grounds.

Stauffer originated the idea, received approval from the Boy Scout headquarters and coordinated fund raising efforts with the City of Fredericksburg Parks and Recreation Department.

Stauffer saw his project officially completed at a dedication ceremony last fall honoring Chris Staats, 32, of Fredericksburg, a 1996 Fredericksburg High School graduate and staff sergeant in the Texas National Guard who was killed in Afghanistan on Oct. 16, 2009 while serving as an agricultural advisor to Afghan tribes.

Stauffer, who with his brothers has regularly used the ball field complex in organized sports, felt it proper to honor Staats’ service to his country with a permanent and useful addition that is now being used by the smaller siblings of athletes involved in team play at the sports complex.

Stauffer joined Troop 351 on Aug. 8, 2007 after earning the highest rank in Cub Scouting, the Arrow of Light. Since that time, Stauffer has earned at least 60 merit badges, attendant rank awards, and has served as Patrol Leader, Assistant Senior Patrol Leader, and Senior Patrol Leader of Troop 351. He is also a founding member of Venture Crew 351, a section of Boy Scouting which includes older youth, as well as females.

Stauffer is home schooled, and is the son of Dr. Jay Stauffer, M.D., and Camille Stauffer.

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