The title of “Magnificent Seven” has a bit of a different meaning for this family of seven Eagle Scout brothers.
The final two brothers to reach the rank of Eagle, twins Adam and Benjamin, recently held their Eagle Court of Honor together. The two Scouts, who are part of the Boy Scouts of America Nashua Valley Council, join their five other brothers, Matthew, Michael, Brian, Kevin, and Aaron, in earning this achievement. All of their brothers, their mother, and two sisters were on hand for the Eagle Court of Honor.
It was the culmination of their late father’s dream for all of his seven sons to achieve something he had missed out on in his own youth.
“My dad was not an Eagle Scout, and so he made sure that all of his sons were because that’s something that he regretted,” said the twins’ brother Aaron.
“This would be a crowning moment for my husband, that they all made it,” said the boys’ mother.
Their father passed away from pancreatic cancer at the beginning of 2016. It was his battle with cancer that actually helped inspire Adam’s Eagle Scout project, which was to construct and provide pillows to cancer patients. His father had found a similar pillow comforting and suggested it as a project idea for his son.
Benjamin’s project was focused on the outdoors. He spent time cleaning a local river trail, helping to make it more accessible and fun to use for residents of the community.
“They’ve really taken a sense of value from Scouting, and they’ve really been able to apply that to their lives, from what I’ve observed working with them,” said their Scout leader Chris Valentine.
“I learned a lot about humility and integrity,” Adam said. “I really strengthened my leadership skills.”
To learn more about this family of seven Eagle Scouts, be sure to read the full article in the Sentinel & Enterprise News.
To learn more about the positive impact that Scouting can have on young people like it did on these seven brothers who all earned the rank of Eagle Scout, be sure to check out this article on the recent Tufts study, and watch this video: