BEAVERCREEK — Beckie Waggoner is one proud mama.
All three of her sons — Lance, 31, Jesse, 25 and Noah, 18, have achieved Eagle Scout status.
“I think about it and I tear up,” she said. “Just to see their progression as young men.”
The boys started as Cub Scouts with Troop 71 of Aley Methodist Church of Beavercreek. Lance achieved Eagle Scout status in 2007 with a project that involved building stairs at The Narrows Reserve of Beavercreek. Jesse made the accomplishment in 2012 when he replaced the dock trailer for the Tipp City Concert Band. Noah became an Eagle Scout in 2019 after putting together food boxes for Feed the Creek.
“There was absolutely no way [my middle son] was going to get it and not him,” Waggoner said with a smile. “And my youngest son — he had no choice.”
According to Boy Scout rules, participants cannot earn Eagle Scout status after they turn 18.
“None of them hesitate to reach out and help others, because that’s what you do,” Waggoner said of her sons. “ … They always reach down and pick each other up.”
The boys were told they were not permitted to earn their drivers license until they achieved Eagle Scout status, and she sees how it has benefited them as men. Waggoner said Lance’s license plate on his car displays his Eagle Scout status because “it’s a big deal to him.” She added that her middle son, Jesse, is the “hardest working man you’d ever meet.”
“We were told early-on that [many Boy Scouts stop participating] due to fumes — perfumes or gas fumes — and after all that time and effort, we wanted to make sure they finished,” Waggoner said.
She expressed gratitude for Troup 71 and advancement counselor Keith Everly for all the guidance along the way.
“People understand that becoming an Eagle Scout is not easy to accomplish,” Waggoner said. “People recognize that and see that you’re trustworthy and have a lot of integrity … All the things that they learned helped make them the men that they are. They learned that they can work as a team and that no one is an island.”
Contact Whitney Vickers at 937-502-4532.