Eight young men achieve the ultimate Boy Scouting honor, the rank of Eagle

Eagles' Scoutmaster, Rayburn Hance, Troop 134
Eagles' Scoutmaster, Rayburn Hance, Troop 134
Twin brothers, Reed and Doug McLaurin
Twin brothers, Reed and Doug McLaurin

By Whitney Grunder - bio | email

LUFKIN, TX (KTRE) – It's the highest honor in boy scouting and one achieved by only two percent of all scouts, the rank of Eagle.

Not many achieve it, but when they do it's a very special occasion.

First Christian Church in Lufkin was packed, as friends and family watched not one, but eight young men become Eagles, Saturday.

They reached the ultimate scouting honor together, and now two brothers, twin brothers are Eagles.

"We've done lots of things together in life and it's just sort of another one of those things that we always enjoy together," said 14-year-old Reed McLaurin.

"We just keep each other motivated," said his twin brother, Doug McLaurin.

Ronnie Robinson, who is over the East Texas Eagle Board of Review, says he can't remember another set of twins graduating together, in the last 15 years he's been reviewing.

"I think they see us as two individuals and we just happen to be twins though," said Doug.

In addition to the twins, Trey Williams, Marcus Mitchell, Chris Reynolds, Clark Westerman, Jake Johnson and Taylor Stroud, are also Eagle graduates.

"It's about 11-years worth of work just all come down to this point," said 17-year-old Taylor Stroud.

Finishing what they started brings tremendous pride to those who have supported them.

"About two percent of people that start boy scouts actually achieve their Eagle rank so it's an elite group, and so for us to have eight Eagles at one time is really an awesome event," said Scoutmaster for Troop 134, Rayburn Hance.

It is years of work, paying off.

"A tremendous amount of community service, you have to help others, you have to work on projects," said Hance.

And, they must reach the Eagle rank before they turn 18.

"Each rank you have to do certain requirements, you have to get badges. You have to get 21," said Doug.

Eight young men hope their accomplishments will continue to serve East Texas, and beyond.

"We've developed young leadership today that's going to lead America tomorrow," said General Cotton Whiddon, Key Note speaker at the ceremony.

"Once you're an Eagle you are always an Eagle and you have a brotherhood with all other Eagles," said Hance.

Scoutmaster Hance says each Eagle will receive letters from some big names, including Governor Rick Perry, Congressman Louie Gohmert, even former president George W. Bush.

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