Wal­dorf triplets earn Ea­gle Scout rank, pre­pare for sep­a­rate col­lege paths

Wal­dorf triplets at­tain Ea­gle Scout, set sights on sep­a­rate col­lege paths

Maryland Independent - - Front Page - By SARA NEW­MAN snew­man@somd­news.com Twit­ter: @in­dy_­com­mu­nity

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.”

STAFF PHOTO BY SARA NEW­MAN

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.

SUB­MIT­TED PHOTO

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.

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