By Aaron Worley
INDIAN TRAIL – Kevin and Jodi Osuch raised their three boys, Cody, Cayden and Kenyon, to mature into respectable young adults. In fact, all three boys are Eagle Scouts.
Eagle Scout is the highest ranking available in Boy Scouts. It’s only granted to about 4 percent of all members. Selection is based on criteria that includes the completion of 13 merit badges and a service project that benefits the community.
The Osuch children became Cub Scouts in elementary school.
Kenyon, the oldest child, took initiative and began displaying remarkable leadership capabilities. Soon, he already had his idea for the service project he would do: Starting construction and cleanup of Union Church of God.
This was a church the family had been attending for some time, and he felt comfortable enough to pursue the venture. He completed his goal, which was to revamp the entrance, plant shrubbery and rebuild a picnic table.
“Once they got out of the Cub Scouts, there was really no way for me to push them,” Jodi said. “They were in charge of their own destiny.”
The other Osuch children followed Kenyon’s lead and completed projects of their own – all in the same location. Cayden built a swing set on the church area, while Cody designated a playground and sandbox for the kids, complete with mulch.
Completing the service project was one thing, but the boys also had to present their projects to a committee.
“They have to plan it and bring it in front of a board,” Jodi said. “By the time they get to that level, they have already gone through interviews. They don’t have the fear that a lot of the older kids have, so it made them bolder.”
Jodi and Kevin are highly active in their neighborhood. Jodi is involved with many neighborhood plans, while Kevin works as a canine officer for the Matthews Police Department.
Aside from the Boy Scouts, the Osuch teens are active in their church’s band and even run their own lawn mowing service.