For the Culp family of Bellevue, earning the highest rank in the Scouting world has become a rite of passage dating back more than 60 years.
All three children of Vic and Kim Culp have earned top honors in Scouting. The eldest son, Alex, was the first to earn his Eagle Scout award, followed by his sister, Abby, who earned the Girl Scout Gold Award, the high rank in the Girl Scouts. The youngest child, Kyle, currently a senior at Gross Catholic High School, received his Eagle Scout rank in December.
Vic and his brother, Scott Culp, also earned their Eagle Scout ranks, as well as their father, Weyman Culp, who lives in Georgia. Now 76, Weyman became an Eagle Scout in the 1950s. Though Vic has seen many families with multiple Eagle Scouts in the same family, he believes three generations of Scouts receiving the highest possible rank is much less common.
Growing up, Weyman was always heavily involved with Scouting, becoming a troop leader when Scott and Vic were growing up. Weyman passed that love of Scouting on to his sons, and Vic would later become involved as an adult.
“The pattern is kind of repeating. We were both Eagle Scouts, and once my kids came along, I got involved again with Scouting programs,” Vic said.
Alex and Kyle were members of Boy Scout Troop 464, which is chartered by the Bellevue Lions Club. Abby’s Girl Scout troop was affiliated with St. Columbkille Church in Papillion.
“It’s sort of a family tradition in a lot of ways — we’ve got a lot out of the program and learned a lot, so I think that’s why we’ve stuck with it,” Vic said.
All three children did their project at Church of the Holy Spirit, where the Culps are members. Alex focused on modifying a storage area, which provided or space for the church to use; Abby installed a labyrinth on the church grounds, a path made of paving stones used as a tool to focus on meditation and prayer; and Kyle replaced a card table with a marble structure and repainted the narthex of the church.
For Vic, the fundamentals of Scouting have stayed consistent, whether in 2016 or the 1950s.
“I think the fundamental core principles and values of Scouting have remained basically the same over the course of the years that we’ve been involved with it,” Vic said.
Vic said there have been some changes over the years.
“Of course, Scouting has probably evolved a little bit with society as well, but I consider that to be a good thing,” Vic said. “We have certainly embraced women as adult leaders, and that was something that was a little less common in my father’s era.”
While earning their badges, each of the Culp children took an interest in crafts such as leather work, wood carving and metal work, but all three learned a variety of skills during their time as scouts. For Vic, perhaps the most important skill they learned was building personal relationships.
“From my perspective, the most valuable thing they picked up from the scouting program was how to work with others towards a common goal,” Vic said.