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Brothers earn Eagle Scout honors in rare joint ceremony

Considering only 4 percent of the boys who enter the Boy Scouts of America program achieve the highest honor of Eagle Scout, it is a rather rare honor to have bestowed.

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FRONT PAGE PHOTO: Griffin Mason, left, and his older brother Connor Mason received their Eagle Scout badges during the same Dec. 27 ceremony. ABOVE: Griffin, left, and Connor, second from left, work together on Griffin’s Eagle Scout project building a shelving unit inside the Lighthouse Shelter in downtown Bellefontaine this past summer. (PHOTOS | SUBMITTED)

Occasionally brothers from a dedicated Scouting family achieve the honor, usually some years apart.

But it is almost unheard of for a family to have two sons earn the honor simultaneously.

That, however, proved to be the case for the Mason family of Bellefontaine when Connor, 16, and Griffin, 14, were presented with their badges during the same Dec. 27 ceremony.

“It all depends when they finish up,” said father Jim Mason, who is district executive for the Great Oaks District of BSA. “There are none that I’m aware of (in Logan County). A lot of siblings go through and make it to Eagle Scout, but not at the same time.”

There was no plan to finish at the same time, the brothers said, and actually may have been a bit of “poor planning,” as Griffin put it.

“It’s just kind of how it worked out with our schedules,” Connor said. “It wasn’t a plan — just how things fell together.”

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