From Rare to Rarer: Grand Junction Triplets Become Eagle Scouts

By: Tim Ciesco Email
By: Tim Ciesco Email

Less than five percent of all Boy Scouts have ever reached the honor of Eagle Scout -- and only one in about every 8,000 births produces triplets. So you can only imagine how rare it is to see a set of triplets become Eagle Scouts -- but it happened right here in Grand Junction Sunday night.

Christian, Aaron, and Nelson Rock are 15-year-old fraternal triplets who say they've experience just about all aspects of their lives together.

"I'm used to having them around," said Christian Rock.

And in keeping with that tradition, the three brothers -- who have been Boy Scouts since they were 11 -- all became Eagle Scouts at the same time Sunday night.

"It's a great honor because not a lot of people can get this award," said Christian Rock. "It's just something that will really help you in the future when you apply for jobs and stuff like that."

"It's pretty nice getting to do it with my brothers," said Nelson Rock. "They're pretty cool."

Their Scoutmaster Clint Erekson says it's truly a night to celebrate -- because getting to this point for any scout, let alone three of them, is no easy task. To become Eagle Scouts, the Rocks each had to earn 21 merit badges and plan and complete a large scale community service project, which took the form of making the Grand Junction Trap Club handicap accessible.

"We have a pretty rare opportunity," said Erekson.

But just how rare? According to Childbirth Solutions Inc, triplets occur once every 8,100 births. And according to Boy Scouts of America, only 2 out of every 100 Boy Scouts become Eagle Scouts. So by our math, the odds of a triplet becoming an Eagle Scout is 1 in 4 million. Saying they were able to overcome odds like that makes the Rocks feel pretty good.

"I'm feeling lucky right now," said Aaron Rock. "I'm gonna try the lottery when I get older."

But they say the only reason they were able to overcome those odds was because they had each other.

"I'm just happy that we had an Eagle project that was one giant one we could all do together," said Aaron Rock. "And that these two are my brothers and we did it."

"It was definitely worth it," said Nelson Rock.

"We're really proud of them," said Erekson. "They've worked really hard and I'm just excited to be part of it."

The Rocks also have two older brothers who are both Eagle Scouts. During Sunday night's ceremony, leaders read a letter from Congressman John Salazar who said according to his research, they are the first set of triplets in Colorado history to become Eagle Scouts.


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