It’s accurate to say Scouting runs in the Rohl family, especially since brothers Corey, Casey and Codey Rohl are all Eagle Scouts, the highest rank attainable in the organization.
Codey, a senior at Perry Meridian who plans to study criminal justice and psychology at the University of Evansville, was the latest to achieve the honor through Troop 499 at Southport Presbyterian Church.
His service project – the last requirement to become an Eagle Scout after earning 21 merit badges – entailed leading a group of volunteers in building a gaga pit at St. John’s United Church of Christ at Southport Road and U.S. 31. The pit is used to play gaga, a variant of dodgeball.
The idea came to him after observing how popular the game was at Flat Rock Camp in St. Paul, Ind.
Codey had to complete his project by the time he was 18, a deadline he barely met, just like his brothers. “We are a family of procrastinators,” said his mother, Brenda Rohl, whose husband, David, is principal at Perry Meridian Middle School. Mrs. Rohl took early retirement from Blue Cross Blue Shield. Mr. Rohl was a leader for his boys when they were Cub Scouts.
Although Scouting can occupy a fair amount of Codey’s free time, he’s still active in his school’s concert and marching bands and robotics program.
“All three boys were involved in robotics,” said Mrs. Rohl, who noted that the program is growing by leaps and bounds while drawing the interest of some big companies.
Corey, 23, who will complete his criminal justice degree at Purdue in May, achieved Eagle Scout status Jan. 25, 2009. He organized and led the building of an outdoor chapel at Southport Christian Church on Epler Avenue. The worship area was used for Sunday’s Easter sunrise service.
He occasionally returns to the troop to talk about firearms, and he has taken the boys to a shooting range.
Casey, 20, is employed by Lauck Manufacturing and was awarded his Eagle rank July 15, 2012. He spearheaded a group of workers who brought new life to the baseball/softball/kickball field at Southport Christian.
“Since Corey and Casey did their projects at Southport Christian, which is where we attend, Codey wanted to be different, so he did his project at St. John’s.”
Mrs. Rohl said neither she nor her husband placed a big emphasis on their boys becoming Eagle Scouts. “We just told them that if you’re going to do it, do it.”
The camping trips were a big hit with her sons, and she attributes their leadership skills and disciplined lifestyles to Scouting. “Casey thinks he got his job because he was an Eagle Scout.”
Since only 2 percent of Scouts achieve the highest rank, it would be interesting to know how rare it is for three brothers to earn the honor.
Notable Eagle Scouts are former President Gerald R. Ford, film director Stephen Spielberg, Supreme Court Associate Justice Stephen Breyer, Navy Seal Thomas R. Norris and 40 astronauts, including Neil A. Armstrong, the first man to walk on the moon.