Josh and Jake Massey stand out for many reasons.
The 14-year-old quadruplet brothers and members of the East Lincoln High School band recently achieved one of the highest honors in the Boy Scouts of America, earning their Eagle Scout awards.
Recognized on Aug. 2 at Unity Presbyterian Church in a Court of Honor ceremony, the brothers are also the youngest members of Piedmont Council Troop 707 to become Eagle Scouts, an honor that must be completed by age 18.
In order to achieve Eagle Scout, a candidate must earn 21 merit badges as well as successfully complete a community, school or church service project.
Jake has earned 38 merit badges and chose, for his Eagle Scout project, to help build the Unity Presbyterian bus port.
“I chose to build a bus port because I recognized the need for one at the church and wanted a challenge,” Jake said.
Josh has earned 36 badges and, for his project, chose to build eight picnic tables for Sally’s YMCA in Denver.
“I felt that with my project I could help a whole slew of people,” Josh said. “Those who wanted to sit down and figure out what they were going to do with their garden plot or a group of kids at summer camp who needed an instructional space outside where they could sit at picnic tables and just learn.”
Though the brothers’ father and grandfather were in the Boy Scouts of America, they are the first in their family to earn the rank of Eagle Scout. Their dedication to the Boy Scouts of America doesn’t stop with the Eagle Scout honor, as both have completed National Youth Leadership Training, are members in the Order of the
Arrow and have completed two weeks of training to be counselors at Camp Bud Schiele.
Each of the boys is immensely proud of their own achievements, but feel that it would not be half as amazing if they weren’t sharing it with each other.
“Sharing this honor with Jake is something that I am very proud of,” Josh said. “I can’t explain how much better it is to be an Eagle Scout with your brother than to get it separately.
The Massey brothers each find different things they love about the Boy Scouts of America and hope to eventually continue as pack leaders and fathers of future Eagle Scouts.
“I hope to earn all my Eagle Palms and as many merit badges as I can before I have to age out at 18,” Jake said. “I hope to one day return as a leader and go through the whole experience again with my kids.”