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In Puyallup, these two Eagles have flown

Post by Larry Larue / The News Tribune on June 17, 2013 at 9:13 am with No Comments »
June 17, 2013 11:54 am
Slater Sorensen & Ben Rood, Eagle Scouts
Slater Sorensen & Ben Rood, Eagle Scouts

A couple of best friends who share the same birthday – each turned 14 two days ago – are the subject of today’s column, and Ben Rood and Slater Sorensen earned a bit of recognition.

Before turning 14, these two Puyallup kids became Eagle Scouts – this in an era when the average age for reaching that Scouting level is 17.

Neither of these guys seems overly ambitious, though Ben admits his motivation had family ties.

“I wanted to beat my brother, Paul, who became an Eagle Scout at 17,” Ben said. “And I wanted to do it before school got too hard and took all my focus.”

And along the way to becoming Eagles, these Scouts had time to be boys – with Nerf sword battles, summer water fights and backyard camp outs. Slater is into film making, Ben has taken an interest in drawing.
Both had the support of their families, but each tackled the rank of Eagle with respect and dedication.
“I’ll always live the scout oath,” Slater said.
It’s a feel-good story of a couple of Northwest kids who were allowed to be kids as they ran down merit badges and pursued a goal.
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