LEWISBURG -- The five Schleiff brothers weren't among the thousands of Boy Scouts who descended on Fayette County for the first Jamboree at the new Summit park this summer.
It would have been nice since they have the rare distinction of all being Eagle Scouts.
They aren't complaining, though.
Through Scouting, one or more has scuba dived in the Gulf of Mexico, hiked portions of the Appalachian Trail, canoed in Maine, visited Mount Fuji in Japan, camped in England and Wales and biked in Germany.
It's the many fun activities undertaken by Lewisburg Scout Troop 70 that keeps them motivated and involved in the program, said Leonard Schleiff. "I don't think anyone really likes the requirements."
Eighteen-year-old Lennard and his twin brother, Robin, were made Eagle Scouts during an Aug. 3 ceremony. Their older brother, Nelson, 19, had completed his requirements a year earlier, but hadn't gotten around to a ceremony. So he, too, became an official Eagle Scout that day.
The older Schleiff brothers, Martin, 21, and Timm, 24, are Eagle Scouts, and a main reason why the others took up Scouting.
Their mother, Margaret Schleiff, home-schooled her six children on their farm near Renick in northern Greenbrier County. She said several friends, who also home-schooled, had enrolled their children in Scouting.
"The boys didn't get to go to everything," she emphasized. "Their work came first."
The Schleiff children, including the oldest, Meike, now 25, were expected to help at home, on their farm and with their father's construction business.
"They had to earn the privilege," said Margaret Schleiff. "They wanted to go on the trips. It motivated them."
Timm traveled to Japan with the Scout troop, as well as to Chester, England, for a large international gathering there.
For his Eagle Scout project, he built picnic tables for Carnegie Hall. Not wanting to use pressure-treated wood, he made the tables from a locust tree. "They don't get moved, they're so heavy," one brother commented.