MOUNT WASHINGTON – For 17-year-old Bullitt East graduate Jacob Carter, scouting is not all about the badges.
“It’s about living up to what it means to be a scout, an Eagle Scout,” Carter said. “You need to carry yourself in a way a scout would.”
Carter, who is the son of Carl and Jennifer Carter, said he started scouting in first grade.
“It seemed like the cool thing to do then,” he said.
As he has continued scouting, Carter said he never dealt with anyone making fun of him because he was a Scout, but he knew there were stereotypes associated with being one.
“Whether they liked you or not, they respected you,” he said.
Carter received his Eagle Scout rank in December 2012 and he said as a result, people respected him even more.
“At the end, the respect came,” he said.
As part of the requirements to obtain the Eagle Scout rank, Carter had to complete a service project.
In late May 2009, Carter remodeled the pool house at the Mount Washington Public Pool after a family friend and then pool manager, Violet Lafollette, told him about its condition.
“She said it needed a lot of work,” he said.
In addition, assistant scoutmaster Jamie Franklin said before Carter started his work on the pool they had gotten word it might be closed.
“If the pool had closed, there would have nothing to do for kids in the summer,” Franklin said.
Franklin said he believes the pool stayed open because of Carter's project and a separate project his son, Jacob Franklin, was doing at the pool.
Carter fixed restroom stalls, replaced shower heads and urinals, painted and removed rust from metal fixtures.
Because a lot of the metal fixtures were badly rusted, Carter said that part of the project was the most time consuming. Rust converter had to be applied to the fixtures several times to reverse the damage done, he said.
Carter’s troop and several other people helped him complete the project. Because the project took so much time and hard work, Carter said he couldn’t have completed it without the help of others.
One thing that's unique about Carter's scouting experience is that his dad is also his scoutmaster.
As a result, Carter said some people think he was forced to do scouting, but that wasn’t the case.
“My dad hasn’t been one of those people,” he said. “He pushed me to stay with it, but I could have stopped at any time.
“Once I start something, I like to finish it.”
Carl said he had to separate being a dad and being a scoutmaster, but it was a good experience for him.
“It helped me grow as well,” he said.
The most memorable thing about scouting, Carter said, is the camping trips.
During one trip, Carter said, the fire got too hot in the fireplace and caught the cabin on fire.
No one was hurt in the accident, but Carter said it was a “fun night” when all the boys woke up and realized what had happened.
“The things you remember most are the things you accidentally did that you weren’t supposed to do,” he said.