December 11, 2013 | 550 views
Brothers become Eagles together
The Clifford brothers of Valley Stream have been in scouts together for more than a decade. On Dec. 1, they earned scouting’s highest honor together.
Jack and Charlie Clifford were recognized at a Court of Honor ceremony at Blessed Sacrament Church for achieving the Eagle rank. They are Boy Scouts with Valley Stream Troop 369, which has turned out several Eagle scouts in the past few years.
When Jack was in first-grade, he started in the Cub Scouts with Pack 368. Charlie, a year younger, liked what his brother was doing and was allowed to join the scouts as a “Tiger in training.”
They both moved on to the Boy Scouts and both set becoming an Eagle Scout as a goal. There are several requirements that must be met to earn the rank, including the completion of a community service project. The Clifford brothers were among five scouts who contributed to the Valley Stream dog park, which opened in 2012.
Jack supervised the construction of an 8-foot by 8-foot shelter in the large dog area. Charlie provided several obstacles for the dogs, including a ramp. Both had to seek donations from local businesses and enlist the help of volunteers to bring their projects to fruition.
Scouts must also earn 21 merit badges to earn their Eagle rank. Jack met that requirement, and said his favorite badges to earn were for computers and fishing. Charlie picked up 26 badges, and said he enjoyed archery, tracking and rifle.
When Jack was in junior high school, he left the scouts. Realizing how much he missed it, he came back after a year but said it definitely set him back a little bit in becoming an Eagle Scout. “It did give me a little bit of a disadvantage because I had to work a lot harder in the end,” he said, adding that during his absence he missed one summer camp, where a majority of merit badges are earned.
Jack, a 2012 graduate of Central High School, is a sophomore at Wilkes University. He is a theater technology major, primarily working with lights and sounds. As part of his program, he works on four shows a year, which he said keeps him very busy in college.
“There are a lot of opportunities out there for this field,” he said. “You can do anything from TV to live entertainment.”