"I’m very proud of him" said Maria Rock, mother of Stockton, recipient of the honor.
Maria and Douglas Rock are preparing to celebrate an achievement by their youngest son, Stockton. He's being honored with the rare title of Eagle Scout, but this family is no stranger to that honor. In fact, Stockton will be their sixth son to reach this goal.
"I was involved in scouting. I didn't get my Eagle Scout project but I really think a lot of the program and I wanted to encourage my boys to participate in it as well. Crosby is our oldest son and he started out and got his Eagle Scout project, and I think after that the other boys figured they probably better follow suit. They didn't want to have their older brother outdo them" said Douglas.
Stockton's scout project centered around our service men and women.
"He decided to make care packages and sent them to service men overseas” explained Douglas.
“You never envision how it affects the people on the other side that receive these things. Even though they seem unimportant or minute to us, but it really does affect these people" said Maria, talking about the care packages for the service men and women.
It was Stockton’s last step before being welcomed into an elite group with few members.
"It’s cool because not many people receive it. So, it’s cool to be part of that 2% and it's cool to be the last of my six brothers who received the award" said Stockton.
Being the youngest of the six boys, Stockton knew that he had to keep the tradition going.
"Once the other five got it, I knew that there wasn't a choice. I’d get it. But I’m really glad I did. It’s special, I guess, to be the last one” said Stockton.
A committee member with Stockton’s troop 383, Clinton Erekson, says its always a joy to have him around and that he's worked hard to get to this special day.
"He’s been a great leader in the troop. (He’s) one of the boys, one of the young men we can always count on to do whatever is needed" said Erekson.
And Stockton’s older brothers, triplets Nelson, Christian, and Aaron, shared that same sense of commitment that paid off for them as well.
“It's something that you have with yourself your whole life. I mean, in interviews and everything, it's always there so it sets you apart from other people" explained Aaron.
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