Triple Eagle Brothers earn Scouting’s highest honor

'One big ... project’ puts Grand Junction triplets in rare company

From left Aaron, Nelson and Christian Rock , all 15-years-old, laugh about the travails of becoming Eagle Scouts at their ceremony Sunday night in Grand Junction.

When his wife, Maria, gave birth to triplet sons 15 years ago, a lot of thoughts rushed through Doug Rock’s head.

One of them was: “That’s going to be one big Eagle Scout project.”

Indeed, it took roughly 400 hours for Aaron, Christian and Nelson Rock to make the skeet range at the Grand Junction Trap Club handicap-accessible. In the process, the three not only followed in the footsteps of their older brothers, Calvin and Crosby, and laid the path for their younger brother, Stockton, but they also accomplished a rarity.

Troop 383 Scoutmaster Clinton Erekson said, based on his research, he believes the Rocks are among fewer than five sets of triplets in the world who achieved the rank of Eagle Scout at the same time.

Aaron, Christian and Nelson officially earned their ranks Sunday at the Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-Day Saints on G Road.

“I’m very proud of them. They’ve made a lot of sacrifices,” Maria Rock said prior to the ceremony.

The three 15-year-old Grand Junction High School students joined the Cub Scouts when they were 8.

“It was something he wanted us to achieve,” Aaron said, referring to their father, a Boy Scout himself.

With help from other Boy Scouts and volunteers, they worked every Wednesday night after school and all day every Saturday for more than a month digging and leveling dirt, installing posts and pouring concrete. Along the way, they gained both work and leadership skills.

“They don’t always get that now in the world,” Doug Rock said.

Aaron and Nelson said they hope to pass along their involvement in the Boy Scouts to their sons, while Christian said he could envision himself one day becoming a scoutmaster. But before they do that, they’re going to help 11-year-old Stockton earn one of his merit badges during summer camp in Utah.


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