A Convocation of Eagles

Readers with good memories will remember two years and two months ago, I posted about Aaron Bandler receiving the highest honor in Scouting; he became an Eagle Scout.

Tonight, I saw Aaron again, at the ceremony where his brother Alec became an Eagle, too.

Linda, Aaron, Alec and Mike--one very proud family

Linda, Aaron, Alec and Mike–one very proud family

 

Alec’s mother, Melinda, is a professional scrapbooker, and has saved, sorted, categorized and preserved the ephemera of his Scouting life.

From the tiny shirt of a tiger cub to Eagle, the story of a life in scouting.

From the tiny shirt of a tiger cub to Eagle, the story of a life in scouting.

 

There were three young men being honored tonight–Alec, Casey Albert-Hall and Jacob Gee.  The room was full of proud parents and relative and friends.

The mayor of San Ramon, Bill Clarkson, attended and presented a city proclamation to each of the new Eagle Scouts.

Alec receiving his proclamation from Mayor Clarkson

Alec receiving his proclamation from Mayor Clarkson

 

Becoming an Eagle Scout requires not just hiking and camping.  The Scout need to earn merit badges, symbols of proficiency in a variety of areas.  Alec won 23 of them.  The prospective Eagle must complete a public service project–Alec worked with the Blue Star Mothers of San Ramon to solicit items to prepare care packages for our troops overseas.

David, Alec and Melinda Bandler,

David, Alec and Melinda Bandler,

Only about 7% of Scouts persevere to become Eagle.  Two in the same family is even more rare.  Mike has already told us to be ready to travel to Dallas in 3 more years for the next grandson.  The honor will be ours to attend.

 

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