The McCord brothers are the sons of Dennis and Grace McCord and grandsons of Milt and Mary Maxheimer, all of Patterson.
Dennis and Grace McCord have seen their sons grown, both physically and with maturity over the years while on their way to acquiring an Eagle Scout Rank with more than 25 merit badges apiece.
“In looking through all the photos of the cub scouts and boy scouts; all the things that the boys have participated in throughout the years, I am proud they are my sons,” Grace McCord said.
Dennis McCord said the process of helping his sons grow from Tiger Cubs to Webelos scouts, and now advancing to Eagle has made him proud of their ever growing aptitudes.
“They are young leaders of integrity, and I am proud of what they have accomplished,” Dennis McCord said.
David McCord, a 17-year-old Patterson High School senior, explains that the road along the Eagle Trail was made easier with the support of his family.
“I can honestly say I would not have reached Eagle if it wasn’t for my mother,” David said. “She gave me incentives to finish and complete my goal.”
John, a 15-year-old PHS sophomore, credits his father and grandfather for helping him obtain the highest rank possible.
“Definitely my dad and my grandpa were my main influences,” John said. “They influenced me to work my hardest at everything I do and to not give up because one thing falls apart.”
John McCord painted the wrought iron fence around the Patterson District Cemetery for his Eagle project. The cemetery staff provided the brushes, primer and the paint. With the help of a couple of adults and nine scouts, the job was completed last year after many weekends of work.
For John McCord, the scouting experience has been a positive one.
“I’ve got a lot of learning on how to respect and work with other people, and to where you don’t have to fight with them to get them to do something,” John explained.
David McCord’s Eagle Project was volunteering for the Patterson Township Historical Society, which included moving exhibits out of the museum in the Center Building so renovations could be completed in 2012.
David then gathered adults and scouts from Troop 81 to put the exhibits back again when the work was finished.
David McCord credits the scouting program for giving him the tools to move on and continue being a leader.
“I’d say scouting has really given me the confidence to go out and do what I said I would to,” David said. “It’s given me the self-esteem and confidence to be a leader.”
Scoutmaster Kelly Pedron said he has been impressed with the McCords because they are both self starters.
“Some Scouts need ‘coaxing’ and possibly a lot of help along the way, but the McCord boys don’t need any coaxing, they just do it,” Pedron said. “I have a feeling they got some of that from their father, Dennis McCord, who was a US Marine: ‘Improvise, Adapt, Overcome’, which is the unofficial mantra of the Marine Corps. Both of the older McCord boys have been a big help to me running the Troop. Especially Davey, even when they weren’t in a leadership position.”
At Patterson High School John and David are on the cross country and track team and participate in Challenge Day, among other activities.
David is also in the Drama Club, Academic Block P and the Ambassador Program, a program where the upper classmen help incoming freshmen become acclimated to high school life.
Both boys continue to help the public with numerous community activities through scouting and within their personal life. Besides collecting the food during the Scouting for Food Drive each fall, the scouts also help with distributing the food to those in need.
They work alongside other volunteers with Lions Club projects, the Rotary Club Crab Feed and Helping Others Sleep Tonight (also known as HOST House) for the homeless.
The two also help their sister Rachel, 11, with Girl Scout projects, and have most recently helped her procure her Bronze Award. The brothers also help other potential Eagle Scouts — such as brother, Michael, 13 — with Eagle Service projects.
John, a sophomore, is not sure what college he wants to attend, but he does know he wants to major in computer science.
David, a senior, plans to attend the University of Wyoming and major in engineering and minor in business.
Both McCords started their scouting career as Cub Scouts and have served as Senior Patrol Leader, Assistant Senior Patrol Leader, Scribe, Patrol Leader, Historian and Webmaster, while John has also been the Quartermaster and David has been Troop Guide.
The two attained Eagle Rank on Oct. 23, 2013.
John advanced through the ranks Tenderfoot in 2009, Second Class in 2010, First Class in March 2011, Star in November of 2011 and Life Rank in August 2012.
David advanced to Tenderfoot in October 2007; Second Class in May of 2008, First Class in August 2009 Star Rank in March 2011 and life in November 2011.
John has logged more than 80 nights of camping and David has more than 100 nights of camping in his scouting career.
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