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.”