Waldorf triplets earn Eagle Scout rank, prepare for separate college paths
Waldorf triplets attain Eagle Scout, set sights on separate college paths
The Staudmyer triplets are used to doing everything together. From high school classes to sports teams to spending their summers as lifeguards, the trio seem to have always been in sync. Before they spread their wings to launch their own separate college careers, they were sure to close this chapter with a feat rarely accomplished: all three achieved Eagle Scout rank in April.
Dylan, Timothy and Connor Staudmyer of Waldorf have been involved with Boy Scouts of America, BSA, for most of their lives. The camping, boating and ski trips drew the brothers in when they were young and the opportunities for future success kept them dedicated to the organization through adolescence.
“There were a lot of opportunities that presented itself; just hanging out with the network of guys you met over the years was just fun and we liked to continue to do that,” Dylan said.
“Once you’re in it for about four years you can’t stop, you gotta make it to the finish line,” Connor said of reaching the final rank.
Eagle Scout is the highest achievement or rank attainable in the scouting program of the BSA. Only 4 percent of Boy Scouts are granted this rank after a lengthy review process, according to the organization.
The 18-year-olds say seeing their older friends achieve the rank provided inspiration and motivation for their success — in addition to the support from their troop leaders — in spite of busy schedules.
“Right after school you have a lot of homework, and then you have lacrosse practice and then you have to go to boy scouts after that and by the time you get home it’s late and you have to eat dinner and go to bed so sometimes it was just a lot,” Connor said.
“Their leaders were integral to their success,” Kathleen Staudmyer, the triplets’ mother, said. “Their encouragement and reminders and their leadership was a huge motivator.”
But despite the demands, Connor added that he and his brothers were always among friends in their many activities.
“It feels good to be busy,” Connor said. “[Boy Scouts] was a good network of friends. There was always good friends around you… some of the scouts were teammates too so it crossed over somewhat.”
While attending North Point High School, Dylan and Connor were enrolled in the engineering Science, Technology and Industry (STI) program and Timothy was enrolled in the culinary arts STI program. All three were involved in National Honor Society, National Technical Honor Society — among others — in addition to soccer, lacrosse and ice hockey teams.
Managing their school work with their various extracurricular activities and Boy Scouts duties was difficult, the trio said. Each led a community service project as part of their Eagle Scout requirements — Connor built equipment for therapists at the F.B. Gwynn Educational Center, Timothy re-landscaped the courtyard at William B. Wade Elementary School, and Dylan built a freedom of speech wall at Daniel of St. Thomas Jenifer Elementary School to educate the students to their right to free speech — which was a lengthy process from completing paperwork, getting approvals, arranging sponsors and volunteers and completing the work.
“It forced us to get more comfortable with talking to people and approaching people you don’t know and it was rewarding to finish them,” Dylan said. “We also worked with each other’s projects and helped out with friends and other scouts’ projects.”
Before the family embarked on traveling to four different states to take their children to college — the triplets’ older sister, Emily, attends Slippery Rock College in Pennsylvania and also received a Gold Award in Girl Scouts — Dylan reflected on what splitting up will mean to them.
“[When we started high school] we already had two people that we knew that we could kind of go around and explore with and you already had a home base,” Dylan explained. “[Going to separate colleges] I think will be interesting because we’ll all have our different experiences. I think if we go our own ways and do different things that might be good.”
The trio credited their parents for helping them succeed up to this point in their lives.
“Our mom was very involved in helping us get things in on time because I may not be the most organized person, but she made me aware of what opportunities were available to us, she set up schedules for us and that’s a lot of time and effort put in,” Dylan said.
“As hard as it was [for us] to juggle all of this stuff she and our dad had to drive us around before we got our licenses and that was after their jobs so that was a lot of work for them,” Connor added.
“We’re very excited for them,” Kathleen said. “Everything they’ve wanted to go after they’ve done it and they’ve done it together and have just turned out to be great kids and we’re very proud of all of them.”
Triplets Dylan, left, Timothy and Connor Staudmyer of Waldorf play with their dog, Eli, after returning home from a summer working as lifeguards for the Delaware State Beach Patrol. Each achieved Eagle Scout rank in Boy Scouts earlier this year before separating into their own college careers.
The Staudmyer triplets and their parents — Timothy, left, Gerry, Dylan, Kathleen and Connor — pose for a photo after their Eagle Scout ceremony April 22 at LifeStream Church of the Nazarene in Waldorf. The new Eagle Scouts are members of Troop 1778 chartered to LifeStream Church of the Nazarene.