Kevin Kramer is congratulated by his Scoutmaster Steve Heiing Sunday after Kramer was officially an Eagle Scout. (DHI Media/Nancy Spencer)
Kevin Kramer is congratulated by his Scoutmaster Steve Heiing Sunday after Kramer was officially an Eagle Scout. (DHI Media/Nancy Spencer)

DELPHOS — Delphos Boy Scout Troop 65 can add another Eagle Scout to its ranks. The Court of Honor for Kevin Kramer was held Sunday at Delphos American Legion Post 268.

Kramer said he has been a Scout since he was 6.

“I started in Scouting when I was in first grade with the Tigers and went through Cub Scouts and then moved on to Boy Scouts, joined the Order of the Arrow and now I’ve completed by Eagle Scout project,” he said. “Scouting has been a big part of my life and helped me with a lot of things. It’s also kept me out of trouble.”

Kramer accepted his Eagle pin from his mother, Julie Kramer, as his father, John Kramer, a Scout Leader, watched. Each parent also received a pin noting them parents of an Eagle Scout. Family and fellow Scouts were in attendance.

For his Eagle Scout project, Kramer, 18, prepared a DVD about the local Shawnee Indian population that is now part of the Delphos Public Library’s Genealogy Department.

According to his report, Shawnee Indians lived here as early as the 1600s, sharing the land with the Iriquois. The Shawnee were forced from their land after the Battle of the Fallen Timbers in 1794 with the signing of the Treaty of Greenville.

Some Shawnee hoped to regain their Ohio land, including Tecumseh, who hoped to unite all American Indian peoples west of the Appalachian Mountains the United States. That is another story.

Kramer said he hoped future generations enjoyed his effort.

“I hope people watch my DVD and get the information from it and learn about the Shawnee that used to live here and why they don’t anymore,” Kramer said.

Kramer gave a special presentation at the library last March and also gave his presentation to fourth-graders at Franklin Elementary.

Other Scouting activities Kramer enjoys include Boy Scout Camp, where for the past three years, he has served on NICOT, the program for first-year Boy Scouts who have just crossed over from Cub Scouts. Last year, he was a dining hall steward.

Kramer is a senior at Jefferson High School and enjoys being part of the band, playing drums. His future interest is to go into computer tech/repair. He is employed at Tim Horton’s and Cold Stone Creamery in Lima. He plans to continue being active in Scouting as an adult and sit on the troop committee. In his spare time, he hangs with his girl friend.

Julie Kramer has her Gold Award in Girl Scouting and has led several Girl Scout troops, including two for her daughter. His father serves in several positions with the troop.