For Adam LaChappelle, earning the Eagle Scout award was in his blood.

For Adam LaChappelle, earning the Eagle Scout award was in his blood.

He is the first in his Westerville troop and the sixth member of his family to earn the rank. He follows his father, Tony LaChappelle; two uncles, Pat and Francis LaChappelle; and two cousins, Cameron and Matthew LaChappelle.

Adam LaChappelle, a senior at Metro Early College High School, has stuck with scouting since his Cub Scout days. He said he was motivated to work toward being an Eagle Scout by his family and because of the prestige of the award, which is only given to about 4 percent of scouts.

"Just the thought of being an Eagle Scout -- it's such a prestigious award," he said. "My grandpa was a huge motivation and I think he'd be really proud of me."

Adam's father, Tony LaChappelle, who was named an Eagle Scout more than 40 years ago, said he's thrilled to see his son follow in his footsteps.

"You can't help but be proud as can be," Tony LaChappelle said. "There aren't too many guys who get to earn the Eagle."

Being involved in scouting was natural for Tony and his brother when they were growing up in Wisconsin, he said.

"We were always outdoors. We, as a family, did a lot of camping together," he said. "In a simplistic way, they gave us badges for doing things we liked to do."

Tony LaChappelle, who volunteered with Adam's scout troops, said he was glad to pass scouting on to his son because being a scout teaches boys how to tackle different challenges, both individually and as a group.

"Scouting gives you the opportunity to get confidence in other areas," he said.

Adam LaChappelle said being a scout has helped him in other areas, including being involved in the National Honor Society and his school's lacrosse team, as well as taking a full load of Ohio State courses in his senior year of high school.

"I've taken the scouting principles and the scouting way and applied them to other things in my life," he said.

To earn his Eagle Scout award, LaChappelle completed a project to establish an emergency action plan for the climbing wall at the Westerville Community Center.

"I've been working there and going there for years. I started to think, 'What would I do if someone got stuck there?'" he said. "I didn't know, and I've assumed others who worked there didn't, either."

He also has held leadership positions within the scouts and was named to the Order of the Arrow, which recognizes scouts for their volunteerism and troop wellness.

Adam LaChappelle officially received the award in a ceremony Tuesday night, supported by his father and grandfather, Jim LaChappelle.

Upon graduating from high school next year, LaChappelle said he hopes to attend Cornell, Syracuse or Virginia Tech to major in pre-medicine.