HUDSON’S BAY — Van and Ellie Stewart both recently earned the rank of Eagle Scout, something that only a small percentage of young people accomplish.
More importantly, they did it together, making them one of the few brother-sister pairs of Eagle Scouts in the United States.
Van is a member of Scout Troop 497, and Ellie is a member of Scout Troop 5479. They are the son and daughter of Laurence and Shannon Stewart of Vancouver.
In addition to completing the rigorous requirements of earning multiple merit badges, conducting community service and much more, each had to successfully plan and complete an Eagle Project. Van organized and built a heavy-duty buddy bench for Chinook Elementary School in Salmon Creek, while Ellie led an effort to install a Native American-inspired mural at the corner of Interstate 5 and Fourth Plain Boulevard.
The Fort Vancouver Chapter of the Sons of the American Revolution saluted the Stewarts for all their dedication and hard work, presenting them with the National SAR Eagle Scout Award.