Matthew Flanders and Connor Usie were honored Nov. 30 for earning the rank of Eagle Scout.
Flanders is the son of Chris and Vickie Flanders, and Usie is the son of Ron and Debbie Usie.
About 40 guests attended the Boy Scouts of America Troop 472 Eagle Court of Honor ceremony held at St. John the Baptist Catholic Church gym.
Flanders and Usie, both 18, became involved in scouting at 4 when their older brothers, Charlie Flanders and Tyler Usie, joined Tiger Cubs in the first grade, Ron Usie said.
“They started out as Scrubs, younger siblings tagging along with their older Tiger Cub Scout brothers,” Ron Usie said.
At the ceremony, the younger brothers each awarded their older brothers, both Eagle Scouts as well, a Mentor Pin in recognition of their assistance and guidance throughout their scouting careers, Usie said.
“By the fifth grade, both boys crossed over from Cub Scouts to Boy Scouts and progressed through the ranks, earning Tenderfoot, Second Class, First Class, Star and Life statuses before achieving Eagle rank,” he said.
In 2010, the Flanders and Usie brothers attended the National Jamboree together celebrating the 100th anniversary of Boy Scouts of America.
Matthew Flanders earned his Eagle rank in May, while Tyler Usie earned his Eagle rank in September.
According to the organization, Eagle Scout is the highest advancement ranking achieved in the Boy Scouts of America program.
To earn the Eagle Scout rank, a scout must earn a minimum of 21 merit badges includingFirst Aid, Citizenship in the Community, Citizenship in the Nation, Citizenship in the World, Communications, Environmental Science, Personal Fitness, Camping, Family Life, Personal Management, Emergency Preparedness or Lifesaving, and Cycling or Hiking or Swimming.
Also, Life Scouts are required to plan, develop and designate leadership to others in a community service project.
Flanders’ recent project involved the construction and placement of wood duck boxes in an area near the Port Hudson State Historic Site’s Civil War battlefield along the Mississippi River, Ron Usie said.
Tyler Usie’s project was re-painting the 1,400-foot black aluminum fence that surrounds Port Hudson National Cemetery, his father said.
Ron Usie said scouting provided the brothers numerous opportunities together attending camping trips, canoe trips, whitewater rafting, zip-line adventures, cave exploration, fishing, swimming, archery and rifle shooting.
Both Flanders and Usie are graduates of Zachary High School. Flanders is a freshman majoring in computer science at Louisiana Tech, and Usie is a freshman at LSU majoring in accounting.