Otsego brothers join ranks of Eagle Scouts
Click here to read about another new Eagle Scout, Nathan Pinter of Rogers.
by Joni Astrup
It’s a milestone that has been reached by luminaries such as President Gerald Ford, astronaut Neil Armstrong and film director Steven Spielberg.
Now Jakob and Jared Dotterer of Otsego are in the club as well.
The achievement? Earning the Boy Scouts of America’s highest rank of Eagle Scout.
“I think it is every Scout’s goal to become an Eagle Scout, but only 4 percent nationally that start the Boy Scout program actually become Eagle Scouts,” said Jed Dotterer, the father of Jakob and Jared, who also has been a scoutmaster. “… They did an outstanding job. They worked very, very hard at it and they earned it.”
The pair, who along with sister, Josi, are triplets, are the children of Jed and Teresa Dotterer. They are 15 years old and freshmen at Rogers High School.
Jared and Jakob started with Cub Scouts in first grade and have been active in Boy Scouts since joining Rogers Troop 582 in fifth grade. In 2011, Jakob joined the newly formed Otsego Troop 590 while Jared remained with Rogers Troop 582. Jakob’s scoutmaster has been Chris Postuma while Jared’s scoutmaster has been his dad.
The Dotterer teens are third-generation Boy Scouts. Jed, an Osseo native, was a Scout as was his father, Jim, who now lives in Olympia, Wash.
Jed said he likes Scouting because it stresses things like character, citizenship and helping others.
“The Boy Scouts of America helps the youth of today understand that there’s more to life than just them,” Jed said.
Jakob said he has liked Scouting because he could get involved and learn leadership and basic life skills. Working on becoming an Eagle Scout has sharpened his public speaking skills and helped him better communicate with and lead others, he said.
His Eagle Scout service project was making wooden benches for Otsego Elementary School. The benches were scaled down in size to accommodate the students and were placed on the walking path near the playground.
Jared’s Eagle Scout service project involved making wooden benches for a local nonprofit organization that sponsors shooting education for various organizations such as the Boy Scouts of America, Wounded Warrior Program and Women On Target. They were placed at various shooting ranges for participants to use.
Asked what he learned during the process of becoming an Eagle Scout, Jared said he definitely learned how to be a better leader and public speaker and how to work better with others.
As a Scout, he has especially enjoyed the camp-outs where he has learned about nature, how to work together with other Scouts and other skills.
The Dotterers’ Eagle Scout Court of Honor ceremony was held recently at Northridge Fellowship Church in Rogers. Jakob became the very first Eagle Scout from Otsego Troop 590. Jared and Nathan Pinter of Rogers become the 15th and 16th Eagle Scouts to hail from Rogers Troop 582.
Famous Eagle Scouts
Some famous Americans have been Eagle Scouts. Here are a few of them.
•Neil Armstrong, an astronaut, test pilot and naval aviator who was the first human to set foot on the moon.
•Gerald Ford, the 38th president of the United States (1974–1977).
•Robert Gates, U.S. secretary of defense (2006–2011)
•Michael Moore, Academy Award-winning film director, author, social commentator and comedian.
•Ross Perot, businessman who ran for president of the United States in 1992 and 1996.
•Donald Rumsfeld, U.S. secretary of defense (1975–1977, 2001–2006)
•Steven Spielberg, Academy Award-winning film director, film producer, and screenwriter
•John Tesh, musician and nationally syndicated radio host
•Sam Walton, founder of Wal-Mart and Sam’s Club