Eagles are soaring in the McGee family: Skip, Will, Peter and Philip have all earned their Eagle Scout awards. Their dad, David, is an Eagle Scout as well.
Their collective achievements are unusual.
"It is not often you get four boys in one family who are Eagle Scouts," said Matt Miller, district executive of the Coastal Carolina Council of The Boy Scouts of America, Charleston.
"You won't even find that every couple of years," he said. "I don't know of one family in (this area) in five years that had that many Eagle Scouts."
Spring Island and Bluffton were the sites of Eagle Scout projects by Peter and Philip, who earned their Eagle ranks as members of Troop 213 of Okatie.
Their troop is sponsored by Okatee Baptist Church.
On Spring Island, Peter led a team of Scouts to raise money and constructed 450 bluebird houses used for Smithsonian Institution research sponsored by Clemson University and the island's Lowcountry Institute.
In Bluffton, Philip found funding and organized the construction of a fenced playground at the Family Promise Day Center, which provides housing and support for homeless families.
When they lived in Columbus, Ind., Skip organized and installed a handicapped bathroom at a food pantry and resources center.
Will developed a cataloguing system for the growing library of aeronautical materials at the Atterbury-Bakalar Museum, also in Columbus. He also led a landscaping project at the base chapel there.
All four have found adventure throughout their years of scouting: backpacking, sailing, and attending national jamborees and summer camps.
All achieved Brotherhood in the Order of the Arrow.
Their mom, Lynn, said she is appreciative of their community leaders and proud of her boys: "We are thankful for the role models our sons have had in Scouting, in their schools, in the churches we have attended and in our extended family."
"Their dad benefited from pursuing the trail to Eagle and continues to be a committed Scouting volunteer. So many people contribute to an Eagle Scout's success -- including the Eagle project partners and volunteers. But the young man is the one who commits to the goal and makes it happen."
She is also happy that her boys have learned to help others in their journey in the world of scouting. "Our family is thankful for friends we have made in the Scouting organization and for Scouting's emphasis on character, citizenship and fitness that has prepared our sons to be able and ready to help others."
Today, Skip is a second lieutenant in the U.S. Marine Corps; Will is a midshipman second class at the U.S. Naval Academy; Peter is a midshipman fourth class at the U.S. Naval Academy; and Philip is a sophomore at Savannah Christian Preparatory School.
There are many more Eagles to come, Miller said.
There are more than 1,050 Boy Scouts in Beaufort and Jasper counties, which often surprises people, he said.