15-Year-Old Earns Eagle Scout Badge Through Recycled Rides

Grandson of CARSTAR Owner Earns Eagle Scout Badge Through Recycled Rides Program

Through the National Auto Body Council’s (NABC) Recycled Rides program, Corey Cullaton was able to help two U.S. Army veterans receive new transportation.

carstar-boy-scoutWhen 15-year old Corey Cullaton was looking for a project to earn his Boy Scouts of America Eagle Scout Badge, he came up with the idea of combining the family business and his desire to help a military veteran. Through the National Auto Body Council’s (NABC) Recycled Rides program, Cullaton was able to help two U.S. Army veterans receive new transportation.

Cullaton, a member of Boy Scout Troop 106, has been in Scouts since he was six years old, and is currently an active member of his high school’s JROTC program. He has also grown up in the collision repair industry. His grandfather, Fred Haberl, is the owner of CARSTAR Autobody Resurrection in Lakeland, Fla. His mother, Heather Cullaton, owns ARC Towing, located just a block away from her father’s shop.

“I grew up around the mechanical industry,” said Cullaton. “I’m also in JROTC, which puts me around a lot of veterans, so I put two and two together and came up with the idea to do a Recycled Ride to earn my Eagle Scout badge.”

Cullaton started his project in June with a slightly wrecked 2010 Mazda 3 with only 16,000 miles, which was donated by his mother’s company. He was involved in every aspect of the repair and did a lot of the hands-on work himself. He also sourced donations and discounts for parts and mechanical work.

What started as a one-car donation ended up becoming two. Cullaton’s grandfather was able to get a second car, which was donated by Allstate. That car, a 2009 Toyota Camry, was repaired at CARSTAR Autobody Resurrection with the help of Corey’s 17-year-old brother, Bradley.

“I’ve learned how to paint, weld and reassemble a car,” said Cullaton. “I’ve also learned how to get in front of people and speak at events. It was stressful at first, but I pushed my way through it to reach my goal.”

To find the proper recipients for the car, Cullaton started with the Polk County Veterans Council. They put him in touch with Clark’s House, Inc., an organization that helps provide basic needs to homeless and at-risk veterans and their families.

Pamela Washington and Tanya Mann, both U.S. Army veterans, received their cars on Oct. 3rd, 2015, at an event promoted by Cullaton at CARSTAR Autobody Resurrection. Lakeland Mayor Howard Wiggs was the keynote speaker at the event.

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