In over four decades of leading Boy Scout troops in central Kentucky, Clay Rose has never seen five boys from the same troop become Eagle Scouts in the same year. To say that he's proud of his troop, which accomplished just that feat this month, would be an understatement.
"We've had three (Eagle Scouts) a couple times, but it's very unusual," said Rose, scoutmaster for Troop 56.
On Saturday, Aug. 16, Winchester youths Austin Norton, Cal McGrath, Sam Long, Blake Browning and Reece Glenn all earned Scouting's highest honor at a ceremony at Emmanuel Episcopal Church. It was a long process for the boys, involving hundreds of hours of work to earn merit badges, develop a project and then see it to completion.
Rose thinks of it as a transformative experience for boys, and one that puts them on the path to becoming successful adults.
"These are all good boys... Well, they're no longer boys. They're young men," Rose said of the Scouts. "To become an Eagle Scout, a boy has to grow into a young man. He has to learn about responsibility... It's a grown-up thing."