PRESCOTT ‹ When Jacob, Tim and Matt Treguboff joined the Boy Scouts years ago they soon became aware of the challenge in attaining the Eagle badge ‹ the highest and most coveted rank in Scouting.
In fact, latest statistics from the Boy Scouts of America show that just 2 percent of the organization's youthful membership in the United States reaches this lofty height.
However, for these Prescott-born brothers, who range in age from 17 to 21, one can throw away the seemingly insurmountable odds for achievement.
At the Arizona National Guard Armory in Prescott Saturday afternoon, family, friends, fellow Scouts and Scout leaders from local Troop 10, among others, gathered to salute the Treguboff boys for a job well done as they entered into the prestigious Eagle fraternity together during a Court of Honor ceremony.
With Prescott Mayor Rowle Simmons in attendance, the boys' mother, Diana Treguboff, pinned the Eagle Scout awards onto her three sons' uniforms while their father, John, looked on ecstatically.
In order to achieve Eagle status, a scout must earn a minimum of 21 merit badges, 12 of which are mandatory; actively serve in a troop leadership position for six months after receiving his Life ranking; and plan, develop and institute a community service project designed to benefit a religious institution, school or the community.
Upon completion of the requirements, a Scout appears in front of a Board of Review, which is responsible for giving the final seal of approval to an Eagle candidate.
Jacob, who actually fulfilled all of his Eagle requirements four years ago, did not attend an official Eagle ceremony and pick up his award until both of his brothers had garnered the prize ‹ a selfless act rooted in the spirit of Scouting.
Jacob, 21, started in Scouts as a seventh grader along with his friends, who attended Sacred Heart Catholic School at the time, and later encouraged his brothers to get involved.
"It's awesome," said Jacob, who's presently enrolled at the University of Arizona in Tucson, of his and his brothers' achievement.
Matt, a junior at Prescott High School, polished off his final Eagle requirement three months ago, while Tim did so earlier in 2006. Several years ago, Matt decided to become a Boy Scout after tagging along with Jacob and Tim on their camping trips.
"It just kind of came together ‹ it just happened," Tim said of the brothers' Scouting experience.
Jacob, an Order of the Arrow member and former senior patrol leader; Tim, an OA member and patrol leader; and Matt, a junior assistant scoutmaster in Troop 10 who's also in OA, clearly have enjoyed each other's company.
"We've had a friendly rivalry (with each other) and a close relationship all these years," Matt said.
Troop 10, an affiliate of St. Luke's Episcopal Church, has existed since 1949 and is the oldest and longest continually active Boy Scout troop in Prescott. It's presently comprises 10 to 12 active members, although nine Cub Scouts are now clawing their way upward. The troop has awarded 35 Scouts with the Eagle since 1953, including 10 in the past seven years. Seven of the troop's past Eagle award winners were on-hand Saturday.
Troop committee member Larry Riden-noure, who presided over the ceremony and has been active in Troop 10 since 1967, said having three brothers honored with the Eagle is a very rare feat and, to his knowledge, had never happened in Prescott until this weekend.
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