When a Scout earns the Eagle Scout award, he’s among a very rare group of Scouts who have reached Scouting’s highest achievement. But when twins earn Eagle – they’re among an even more unique set of rare birds.
Both Liam and Carrington C. of the Heart of Virginia Council are twins, Eagle Scouts and members of Scouting’s honor society, the Order of the Arrow. Carrington even earned the Vigil Honor, the OA’s highest mark of distinction.
“I can honestly say that Liam and I have been very fortunate in where we’ve gotten to go and been really well versed when it comes to Scouts,” Carrington shared with the Gazette-Virginian.
The 18-year-olds spearheaded separate Eagle Scout service projects in which they organized collection drives in their community. Carrington organized a drive for Caritas – one of the largest providers of homeless services – collecting donations of sheets, linens and kitchenwares. While Liam collected maternity sheets, nutritional supplement drinks, and other goods for the Association of Wild Animal Rehabilitation and Education, A.W.A.R.E.
What It Means to Be an Eagle
The pair’s journey to Eagle wasn’t without its obstacles though. At first, Liam attempted to organize a book drive at his local library but says, “that didn’t pan out.” But he didn’t let that blip get in the way of his dream.
“So I moved forward,” explained Liam. “That’s part of being an Eagle Scout, determination, making sure you fulfill your goals.”
It was after an A.W.A.R.E presentation at one of Liam’s troop meetings when he knew what he wanted to do for his Eagle project.
“I had just gotten out of my last project, and I talked to them after the meeting and met some of the animals. They gave me a good idea to help them out. I figured I could make an impact there,” added Liam.
Together, the brothers reached out to churches, nursing homes, and other groups seeking donations for their drives.
The twins say Scouting has introduced them to many people and “great places that expanded their world” that they would have not encountered otherwise.
Read the full story on how these twins are living by the principles of Scouting to serve their community by visiting The Gazette-Virginian.