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Becoming an Eagle is as Easy as 1, 2, 3

As Easy As 1+2+3

About 6% of eligible Scouts become Eagle Scouts.

About 1 in 250 births are twins.

About 1 in every 9000 births are triplets.

Someone who is really good at math figure this one out: what are the chances of a family having 6 boys – including a set of twins and a set of triplets – and all 6 of those young men achieving the rank of Eagle Scout?

Christian and Heather Luessenhop have now raised 6 Eagles – Cash (21), twins Brice and Blair (19) and triplets Ford, Hudson, and Lake (17). This year, they welcomed sons #4, #5, and #6 (the triplets) to the rank of Eagle with their 3 older brothers.

The decision to get into Scouting when the boys were young was simple – for connection and preparation.

“As a youth, my dad worked in the oil business and we moved frequently. I never had the opportunity to become a Scout. My decision to get involved in Scouting was simple. I wanted to connect with my sons outside of our home or their school environment. Scouting provided a pathway for me to bond with my sons and allowed my sons to develop skills they would need to become successful people.” Christian said.

“This organization allows you to get out of your comfort zone through campouts and high adventure trips while learning valuable skills and lessons. Most importantly the organization helps build skills that are used throughout life and help develop young scouts into men” said Brice.

Now having navigated the “hard part” – the boys looked back on their journey to Eagle and reflected on their successes so far in Scouting.

“Scouting allowed me to serve the less fortunate within my community. I am most proud of my Eagle Scout project at Resonance. My project allowed Resonance to enhance their therapeutic gardening program for previously incarcerated women,” Hudson stated.

The family all agreed high adventure bases provided some of their favorite experiences in their time in Scouts.

“I’m most proud of my Triple Crown Award in Scouting because I finished 3 high adventure treks that were very difficult and required a lot of training” said Blair.

Their list of compiled accomplishments is a long one, and not only because there are six of them. The time and investment in the community has helped shape these young men and prepare them for a lifetime of difference-making along the way.

“Some of the experiences were arduous and you may find yourself out of your comfort zone, but nonetheless unforgettable.  I can now identify a coiled up rattlesnake,” Christian said. This skill is actually more beneficial than most realize. While having a phone conversation for this interview with Heather – she had to hop off to take care of a snake on their back porch. Don’t worry – it was non-venomous.

When asked the secret to success in keeping all of these schedules and achievements organized and on track, Heather said there was one tool that changed it all: the Scouting App (Find it for Apple here or in the Google Play Store here)

“It’s nice to have in your back pocket, as a parent, as a scouter, as a leader – that was really convenient for our family. Easy access to each separate child and knowing what exactly each one needs. It’s so nice to have all of that at your fingertips. My kids could sit down at the table and see exactly what they needed to do to stay focused,” Heather said.

The trail to Eagle isn’t for the faint of heart and takes hard work and dedication. Multiplying that by 6 made utilizing time and tools that much more important. Heather said utilizing their summers to knock out badges and having family check-ins was a vital part of their success.

“The older boys encouraged their younger siblings to keep going and that is was possible. As you see them getting closer to the finish line, it makes it easier on the younger ones,” Heather explained.

While having your family support unit be so involved in your journey to Eagle certainly helps, it wasn’t without the influence and investment of other leaders in Scouting as well to help you in your journey.

“Two of my most proud moments in Scouting were when Mr. Eric Scholl and I climbed the mountain at Camp Hale and when I passed my Eagle Board of Review. I would like to thank Mr. Scholl, Troop 1, Mr. Ron Hart, Mrs. Nan Dickerson and Mr. Bob Beers for your guidance and direction over the years!” said newest Eagle Ford.

Now having achieved the goal of reaching Eagle, the Luessenhop brothers are looking forward to their future education and careers. The oldest three are currently studying biology at OU, with the next three at Cascia Hall with plans to go to OU for biology (or maybe chemistry) as well.  And they all encourage others to consider scouting to help discover their passion and plans for life.

“If you have the opportunity to get involved in Boy Scouts try it out. You will quickly find that it’s a place that you belong and others rally around and genuinely encourage you to be successful. I’ve spent time with my Dad and brothers learning skills and have made lifelong friends that I still keep close,” said Lake.         

“Scouting is a prime opportunity for young people to discover and pursue a variety of interests. Whether it be shooting sports, photography, robotics or scuba diving, there is something for everyone,” said oldest son Cash, 2017

“To the kids who are thinking about becoming a Boy Scout, do it. You will never get this amazing opportunity in your life ever again. Once I started my journey in Scouting, I never regretted signing up,” said Ford.

And although these Eagles are preparing to fly the nest, the lessons learned and relationships built in Scouting have helped to clear the skies for a bright horizon ahead.

“I am immensely proud that my six boys were able to attain the rank of Eagle, but it is the journey with them that I will never forget.” said Christian.

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