5 teens move up to Eagle Scout status

HENRICO COUNTY, Va. (WRIC) —  Five Glen Allen teens became Eagle Scouts Saturday and were honored at a special ceremony.

The five scouts, who are part of Glen Allen’s Troop 736, are now part of the 2 million other scouts to achieve this honor since 1912.

Duncan Houghtaling, an Eagle Scout, says he is so happy to accomplish this goal.

“I’m really happy that I finally finished because it’s a really great accomplishment for me… so I’m really happy,” Houghtaling said.

Nick Thurman, a fellow Eagle Scout, said he started as a cub scout and worked his way up.

“Once I got into boy scouts from cub scouts, I kind of knew about the eagle rank, and from then on, it just seemed like something I had to do,” Nick admitted.

Dan Thurman, the Scout Master for Troop 736, says the honor doesn’t come easy.

“It’s a lot of hard work, especially in the early ranks, learning scout skills, and then as they get older, there’s a lot of leadership that takes place,” Dan Thurman explained

Jared Pinkard fell Eagle Scouts completed projects as part of their training.

“I built a recycling bin holder and a porta-potty blind on Belle Isle to make the area look more natural and keep people from just throwing the trash in the river,” Pinkard said.

Other project included improving local parks, building torch holders for Special Olympics and teaching classes on social media.

Ethan Schlussel and Kyle Hoffman, both Eagle Scouts, are part of a family legacy.

“Both my father and grandfather are Eagle Scouts, so I’ve kind of had that interest from a young age,” Schlussel.

“My father was in the Cub Scout, but he never went to the Boy Scouts,” Hoffman said. “My grandfather was in the boy scouts, he was even a member of the order of the arrow, the national honor society of the Boy Scouts, but he was never an eagle. So yes, I’m the first person in my family.”

Each scout says they will strive to be an example in their troops and communities.

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