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Eagle Scouts remake photo taken 10 years earlier as Cub Scouts

In 2007, six Wolf Scouts from Indiana sat at a cafeteria table and took a photo together.

In 2017, those same six Scouts — now all Eagles — gathered at the same table to remake that photo — silly poses and expressions included.

The group formed as a Tiger den in 2006. They have remained together, advancing through Cub Scouting and then through Boy Scouting, for more than a decade.

In December 2016, the sixth and final member of the original Tiger den earned the rank of Eagle Scout.

And then on Jan. 2, 2017, they tried to re-create a photo dug up by Steve Rice, Troop 307 assistant Scoutmaster.

“I would guess that there have been many stories of Scouts staying together from Tiger to Eagle,” Rice says, “but I thought it was fairly unique in that all six of these young men stayed the course for the past 10 years with the help of their parents and leaders.”

However many times I hear it, the Tiger-to-Eagle story wows me. It shows how Scouting can shape a young person’s childhood in all the right ways. By the time they graduate high school, some young men have spent more than half of their lives in the program.

Meet Troop 307’s Super Six

The Scouts (from left) are Jacob Pettyjohn, Mark Henderson, Connor Rice, Brad Hancock, Luke Edwards and Dillon Richard.

After the photo shoot, Rice says, the group went out to lunch where they “spent the next two hours talking about their future plans and reminiscing about their past adventures in Scouting. A great time.”

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28 Comments on Eagle Scouts remake photo taken 10 years earlier as Cub Scouts

  1. Firecrafter!

    • So great to see Firecrafter badges!! Not many people in the US know what Firecrafter is!

  2. I love it.

  3. It rarely happens, but when it does, it’s a beautiful thing.

  4. This is a nifty post.

  5. That’s great to see. In my son’s group, we have sadly the exact opposite situation. He joined Cub Scouts as a Tiger in the fall of 2006, and just over 10 years later as he is on the cusp of Eagle he is the only one of that group of boys still in Scouting.

  6. Kilted Cub Master // January 5, 2017 at 10:11 am // Reply

    Most definitely awesome!

  7. Great to see them all sticking together!!

  8. Correction, in the first picture they were Wolves not Tigers. Note the yellow scarves.

    Sincerley, A future Eagle mom

    • Bryan Wendell // January 5, 2017 at 12:13 pm // Reply

      I think the post is correct as is. In the first sentence I say they were “six Wolf Scouts.”

    • It clearly says that they are Wolf scouts in the picture. Later in the article it says that they formed as a Tiger den together in 2006.

    • neckerchiefs, not scarves….

    • Andy Cogswell // April 2, 2017 at 7:35 pm // Reply

      I wonder what happened to their neckerchiefs when they became Eagle…

  9. Stephen Eaton // January 5, 2017 at 4:54 pm // Reply

    friendship and scouting at it’s best

  10. Awesome! Congratulations to these young men! Would love to sit and hear the stories! I must say these Scouts had GREAT leaders and parents that supported not only their own son but the pack and troop. Hats of to the adults too! Sincerely, Scout Mom

  11. Ruby Daniels // January 5, 2017 at 6:10 pm // Reply

    what a wonderful story! So proud of these young men!

  12. Samuel azure // January 5, 2017 at 9:21 pm // Reply

    I love that,they should keep it up brothers

  13. Those pictures are awesome! Made me smile. It’s so great to see the boys grow up that you work with. Looking good guys, you’re off to a great start at life!

  14. Amanda Montague // January 6, 2017 at 12:28 am // Reply

    My son has three that started out as tigers and they will all be eagles soon. Dedicated boys and parents/leaders as well to stay the course. It is awesome.

    Scouting mom and den mother

  15. My oldest son was the youngest in his patrol and only 1 of two to make Eagle but in my youngest son’s patrol it was 8 out of 10. My boys are 4th generation Eagles. Can you ell we like the program?

  16. What a great encouraging story. I can only imagine how close these guys and their parents are.

  17. Gary Gorsich // January 6, 2017 at 12:18 pm // Reply

    Congratulations gentlemen. This will follow you throughout your lives. Remember to share your experiences with the next generation of scouts.

  18. Another Firecracker here. I have a fond memory of finally getting my fire started.
    Congrats to this group for an awesome achievement.

  19. Shawn P. Ireland // January 6, 2017 at 8:24 pm // Reply

    First I would like to say awesome job guys! To stick in there and go the entire distance together is something you just don’t see. My troop back in the 70’s turned out two Eagle Scouts while I was still active. Our troop was 361. Though we had many Life, and Star Scouts working towards the rank of Eagle during my time. I had been an Indian Scout before my Stepfather and I joined Troop 361. I myself only reached the rank of Star Scout, but many of my buddies who I went through school with reached Life Scout. I ended up moving in with my father and that was the end of my Scouting days, but the training and maturity I learned helped me in my future years serving in the United States Army, Infantry. I did eight years in the Army, and was medically discharged at the rank of E6, Staff Sergeant. I had planned on staying in and retiring but broke my hip dodging getting shot. I will say that the structure that I learned in Scouting helped me to be successful in the military. My hat goes off to all six of you and I salute you all in your steadfast direction to detail of which one needs to reach this honor of being a Eagle Scout. Know that with that rank, if you decide to join the military that this will give you an advance in rank in joining the service. Congratulations to everyone of you and your Scout Master and his Assistant Scout Masters. My time in the Boy Scouts was only about Five years and then I had moved away. You all have done something that you should always be proud of. To say the least, I’m in awe of all of your dedication to complete Scouting to it’s pinnacle rank of Eagle!

  20. The article says “By the time they graduate high school, some young men have spent more than half of their lives in the program.”

    Boys who started as Tigers will hit that mark much earlier. Even if they are 7 entering first grade and Tigers, double that would be entering eighth grade. I was thinking about this for my eighth grader, so it was on my mind. By the time they hit 18, it’s more like two thirds.

  21. What an outstanding accomplishment for these young men and a truly inspirational story! 🙂

  22. This is awesome to see.

  23. Great job, Men!! Now get that OA Vigil honor and keep serving Scouting!!

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