Three Honors For Three Brothers

The Deposki brothers of Crestwood — Matt, Tim and Danny — may be first triplets to achieve Eagle Scout rank at the same time

Crestwood Eagle Scouts (from left) Danny, Matt and Tim Deposki were inspired by their father, Steve Deposki, to work toward the highest rank in Scouting. Only four percent of Boy Scouts achieve the Eagle Scout rank. photo by Diana Linsley (click for larger version)
08/15/2008 - Crestwood's Matt, Tim and Danny Deposki, 15, may be the first triplets nationally to have received the rank of Eagle Scout at the same time. The Lindbergh High School sophomores were honored with the award in June. An official ceremony will be held on Aug. 17.

Dad Steve Deposki said the Boy Scouts of America does not keep records on whether triplets have ever accomplished this. However, in talking to many older Scouts who have been with the organization for 50 or 60 years, Deposki said none of them had ever heard of such an accomplishment before.

The boys were inspired by their father to work toward the top rank in Scouting, which only 4 percent of Boy Scouts achieve. Steve Deposki earned his Eagle Scout in 1976.

"I always hoped they would become Eagle Scouts," Deposki said.

Dad spoke fondly of making friends and having adventures he wanted his sons to experience.

"It's a family male-bonding thing," said older sister Linda Deposki, 20.

She pointed out something that struck a chord with the whole family — the boys did not become Eagle Scouts on their own. It took the support of the entire family to help them succeed.

Scouts move up the ranks according to the number of merit badges they receive. Each Eagle Scout must obtain 21 badges, 12 of which are mandatory, and nine are the Scout's choice. Through their badges, the boys have learned everything from First Aid to knot tying and rock climbing. The three have well above the 21 required badges to be an Eagle Scout — Matt and Tim have 31 each, and Danny has 27.

In addition to badges, Eagle Scouts must choose, organize and lead a service project.

Danny, Matt and Tim Deposki are all enrolled in honor classes at Lindbergh High School. Each has a goal to graduate within the top 20 percent of their class. photo by Diana Linsley (click for larger version)
The Deposki brothers each chose a project on the property of their church, Our Lady of Providence Church in Crestwood.

Danny built a hexagonal bench around a tree. He designed the bench and found volunteers to donate materials and time. Parents picking up their children from school now regularly use the bench.

Matt cleared unwanted brush from a two-acre wooded area near the church. He said there was an overgrowth of particularly honeysuckle that was hard for children wanting to walk through the woods.

Tim made mulch paths in the wooded area once Matt's project had cleared the brush. The Missouri Department of Conservation now maintains the area, called the "outdoor experience." It is used as an outdoor classroom for the church's school.

Their father said the work required to become an Eagle Scout is worthwhile when job searching.

"Being an Eagle Scout won't get you the job, but it will get you in the door for an interview," Deposki said.

The boys said they felt a real sense of accomplishment and preparedness after achieving their goal.

"We have done something most people won't and can't do," Tim said.

"It's very worthwhile to get," Matt said.

Scouting is not the only thing that keeps the boys busy. They are all in honors classes, and each has a personal goal to graduate in the top 20 percent of their class.

Danny and Matt run cross country and track and are on the wrestling team. Tim plays trumpet in the marching band.

After school, Tim works as a caddy at Sunset Hills Country Club. Danny cuts grass around his neighborhood, and Matt and Tim both babysit in the neighborhood. In addition, all three are very involved with their church.

Their spare time (if they have any) includes video and computer games, Facebook and just hanging out.

Matt and Danny said classmates have been supportive of them and curious about how what they had to do achieve to become Eagle Scouts.

"There's this illusion that it's lame, but a lot of people think it's really cool," Danny said.

The boys said they intend to continue Scouting. Their dad also hopes his sons continue to be active with their troop to give back to scouts who supported them through the ranks.

Tim hopes to have a family one day and a son in Scouts so he can carry his Eagle Scout tradition into a third generation of Deposkis.

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