Stelter personally requested and secured donations to purchase shelving materials from local home improvement centers, and then built nine shelving units more than 70 feet long to store the baby supplies in the center’s basement. In addition to enlisting donors for the shelving, Stelter also recruited other members of his troop as well as friends and family members to help with this project.
Only 4 percent of Boy Scouts earn the Eagle rank. In addition to demonstrating leadership and service and living by Scout values, the candidate needs to complete a lengthy review and approval process in which he is endorsed by Scouting leaders and letters of recommendation from a variety of people who know him and can attest to his skills and character.
He must earn 21 merit badges, be accepted for advancement at local and national levels within BSA, and present a detailed service project for approval. Final approval for the Scout candidate’s acceptance into the rank of Eagle comes from the BSA national office.
To attain Eagle, Stelter earned a total of 38 merit badges, among them Family Life, First Aid, Communication, Personal Management, Wilderness Survival, Crime Prevention and more. He has participated in several national Scouting leadership programs including Bear Claw National Youth Leadership Training in Ohio in 2015, a Philmont Trek in New Mexico in 2015, and BSA Jamboree in West Virginia in 2017.
He is also a recipient of the Order of the Arrow and the several Eagle Palm awards.
Stelter comes from a dedicated Scouting family. His parents Eric and Theresa are both active in Scouting, as is his sister, Alex. Now a freshman at the University of Cincinnati, she earned the Gold Award, the highest achievement in Girl Scouts USA.
In addition to his Scouting, school and church activities, Stelter and his family are active in community service and outreach, among them St. Henry’s Meals for the Homeless. This program, coordinated among area churches, serves more than 400 meals each month to residents and clients of St. Vincent Hotel in Dayton. Parishioners donate fresh food and vegetables and also prepare home-made meals such as casseroles which are delivered to the Dayton homeless residence.
After school, Stelter also volunteers weekly at Miamisburg’s Helping Hands Food Pantry, which provides food distribution to more than 500 area families in need of food assistance.