A Huntington Beach teenager has extended a rare familial feat, joining his three brothers as an
Ryan Adnams, 18, a senior at Marina High School and a member of Troop 568, received the Boy Scouts' top honor Sunday during a ceremony at Circle View Elementary School.
His older brothers, Brandon, 29, Jordon, 24, and Tyler, 21, also have achieved the award.
All four started as Cub Scouts in Pack 278.
"It was pretty exciting," Ryan Adnams said. "You rarely see that many boys in the same family" get to Eagle status.
Carolyn Zullo, marketing director of the Orange County Council of the Boy Scouts of America, said it's rare indeed.
"Yes, having as many as four brothers attain the rank of Eagle Scout is highly unusual. While we do not have specific data regarding brothers earning the rank, we do know that only 4% of all active boys in Scouting ever reach this pinnacle," Zullo said in an email.
"To have four brothers earn the Eagle rank is quite a testament to their family, the troop leadership and, of course, the boys themselves. It is something to be very, very proud of."
For his Eagle service project, Ryan Adnams made some wooden benches that are being used at Edison High School in Huntington Beach.
He said his favorite Boy Scout experiences were attending Cherry Valley summer camp on Catalina Island and a water sports trip at Lake Nacimiento.
His favorite merit badge — at least 21 are required to attain Eagle rank — was water sports. He learned wakeboarding for it.
After Marina High, he plans to attend community college, then transfer to a four-year university. He wants to earn a business degree.
"This was completely a family event for us and our two daughters," said Ryan's father, Greg, who serves as Troop 568's Scoutmaster. "My wife and I are very proud."
Greg Adnams said that even though all his boys have achieved Scouting's highest honor, he'll continue to be involved in the troop.
"We certainly want to keep giving back," he said.