Eagles of a feather advance together
November 24, 2009
By Chantelle Lusebrink
It was a promise made on Scout’s honor more than five years ago. On Nov. 14, it was finally fulfilled.
Together standing on a stage, Brian, 20, Peter, 18, and Mark Stacy, 15, were awarded their Eagle Scout ranks through the Boy Scouts of America after four years and three service projects that have improved the Issaquah community.
Despite completing their projects in 2004, 2007 and 2009, the three boys wanted to have their ceremony together, they said.
“I thought it would be really special to have it with my two brothers,” Brian said, even though that meant he had to wait.
“I couldn’t imagine a better way to do it,” Mark added.
“We’re so proud of them,” said their mother Jeanie Stacy.
“Less than 4 percent of Scouts actually achieve the Eagle rank,” Brian said. “That is a sad figure, because being an Eagle Scout is such a special part of the program.“Once you’re an Eagle Scout, you’re an Eagle Scout forever. It’s something you always carry with you, you can remember and be proud of.”
When middle and high school hits, it’s easy for many Scouts to become distracted by sports, academics, girlfriends and Friday nights at the movie theater. But for the Stacy brothers, it was just another segment of their life.
“For me, I loved the outdoors growing up, and Boy Scouts take you to those beautiful places not a lot of other people get to go,” Brian said.
“I had two older brothers also in Boy Scouts,” Mark added. “I wanted to do what they were doing, join that group of people, but also the excitement of going hiking or canoeing.”
Brian called the Issaquah Parks Department in search of a project in 2004. Recreation officials told him the benches on the Twin Falls trail that overlooked the valley below were falling apart, he said.
Scouts hauled 200-pound benches and cement bags to the outlook by walking them up a mile and a half of the trail in the rain, Brian said.
“It was a very heavy, grueling process,” he said.
Peter, who attends Bellevue College as a Running Start student, completed his project, which involved making an access ramp from his church’s main building to outlying buildings in September 2008. He was able to get a professional cement layer to volunteer his time and cement for the project.
Mark, the youngest and a sophomore at Cedar Park Christian School, started his project to replace a retaining wall at Timberlake Park in Issaquah in February 2008.
The project required Mark to purchase large cinder blocks to create a new retaining wall. The former wall was wood buried into the ground using cement, but was beginning to disintegrate after years of holding back part of a hillside near the park’s parking lot.
On a very rainy day in June, he, his brothers and several troop members came together to level and install the new wall.
“With all the rain and working for six hours in the rain, a lot of the kids had their energy depleted,” Mark said. “I really learned, through the project, how to get people to keep working by encouraging them.”
But the projects couldn’t have been completed without the help of each brother and their friends from Scouts.
“The camaraderie of the boys in the troop is very, very supportive,” Jeanie Stacy said. “A lot of them they’ve known since they were young and they’ve been together a long time.”
For their part, the three brothers said the lessons they learned from each other, their projects and their time in Boy Scouts are lessons that will stay with them forever.
“It’s really given me autonomy,” Brian said. “Being able to take the initiative on my own, to manage a project and a group of people. Those are skills that I will take with me in life.”
“I am certainly proud of them for completing their Eagle, but just seeing them learn life skills and grow and develop confidence,” their father Jay Stacy said. “What Boy Scouts has done for them through the experiences they have and the special training, the time when their envelopes have been pushed and stretched, and they’ve been forced to do things outside their comfort zone, they otherwise wouldn’t have done is what has helped them grow up and be more comfortable.
“There are probably a thousand different ways you can do it, but Boy Scouts is what has done it for my boys.”
Chantelle Lusebrink: 392-6434, ext. 241, or firstname.lastname@example.org. Comment at www.issaquahpress.com.