Nicholas Schaefer, age 15 and Ethan Schaefer, age 13 of Leesburg, VA based Boy Scout Troop 982 were recently recognized for achieving their Eagle Scout rank in a special ceremony at the Leesburg Community Church. They represent the fourth generation of Eagle Scouts from their family and the 109th and 113th Eagle Scouts, respectively, to come from the thirty-one year-old Troop.
Town of Leesburg Mayor, The Honorable Kristen C. Umstattd, was among the Court of Honor attendees, and as part of the presentation read official town proclamations recognizing the boys for their achievements and specifically for the community service projects they completed as part of their Eagle Scout rank requirements. Virginia Delegate Randy Minchew (10th District), a fellow Eagle, also shared his remarks and offered guidance to the boys and attendees.
The boys’ Great Uncle Ernest A. Schmidt of Chicago, IL received his Eagle Scout in 1926 and was later recognized with the Distinguished Eagle Scout award. The boys’ grandfathers who are also Eagle Scouts, Richard Schaefer of Dayton, OH and Thomas George of Austin, TX participated in the ceremony and awarded their grandsons the Eagle rank using their own original sterling silver medals earned as boys in the 1950’s. Fifteen Eagle Scouts of all ages including they boys’ father, David Schaefer of Leesburg, VA, joined the boys in taking the “Eagle Charge.”
Other family members participating in the ceremony included the boys’ mother, Caroline Schaefer of Leesburg, VA (Leader of Girl Scout Troop 5293), their sisters, Phyllis and Nora Schaefer (both active in Girl Scout Troop 5293), their Grandmother, Katharine Schaefer of Dayton, OH and their Aunt, Katherine Schaefer of Leesburg, VA.