When one Scout earns Eagle Scout, it’s a remarkable accomplishment. But when 14 Scouts from the same troop receive Scouting’s highest rank on the same day? You’ve got yourself a Scouting powerhouse.
Fourteen Scouts from Victor, Idaho’s Troop 82 of the Grand Teton Council were recognized in the Eagle Court of Honor on Friday, March 6, for their incredible commitment to service and leadership. While it’s a considerable feat for any Scout to be honored, for such a large group from the same troop, this is exceptionally unique. Furthermore, seven from the group also received bronze palm awards for completing an additional five merit badges beyond what’s required to achieve Eagle. The troop also includes two sets of brothers.
“This is a group of Scouts who have worked and served together without any negative interaction,” Scoutmaster Ben Kearsley said of the Eagles. “With the oldest in the group being 17 and the youngest just turning 14, there were some great times as the older boys helped the younger. But it was also great to see the younger boys be a source of great motivation to the older boys. They are all friends and love to be together doing Scouting.”
With more than 2,000 service hours served among them, these new Eagles have worked hard to make a difference in their community in a multitude of ways. From making a new library branch a reality to building structures at a local girls’ camp, their Eagle Scout projects have made a lasting impact on Victor.
Looking forward, this troop has another large group well on their way to earning 10 more Eagle awards this year. There’s no stopping this troop.
To see more photos from the Eagle Court of Honor celebration, click through the image gallery to the left and be sure to congratulate the next new Eagle you meet!