Eagle Scouts grew up together
When three Battle Mountain seniors started Tiger Scouts together in elementary school, they had no idea that they would end up earning the organization’s highest honor ” the Eagle Scout badge. Nathan Ball, Calder Cahill and Michael Lippert were all born in Vail and raised in the valley. They attended Red Sandstone Elementary, Minturn Middle School and Battle Mountain High School together and although the three have different interests and activities, they share the strong bond of Scouting.
“One of the reasons I joined scouts and stayed in was to hang out with Calder and Michael,” says Ball. “As we got further along, we decided to go for the Eagle Scout badge.” At Battle Mountain, the guys were in different activities. Ball was in band, National Honor Society, soccer and track. Ball plays tenor sax and guitar and will study music next year at Boston College. He decided on Boston to seek a different environment. “Since I have lived here all of my life, I wanted a big change,” explains Ball.
Cahill was on the rugby and golf teams at Battle Mountain and wrote for the school’s newspaper ” the Husky Howl. He will be working on a degree in history next fall at Colorado State University in Fort Collins. Then, he’ll go for his MBA. “I’m looking forward to not as much snow,” says Cahill. But he mentions that he will miss the incredible skiing and the comforts of home. “I will miss living life as I know it ” having things taken care of,” says Cahill.
Lippert’s dad, Rolf, participated in the boys’ scouting from elementary school on up through high school. “My dad helped keep me in Scouts and I’m grateful for that,” says Lippert. “There were times in middle school where I wanted to quit and he told me to stick with it.” Lippert also played golf for Battle Mountain, along with basketball. He was also involved with Future Business Leaders of America (FBLA). Next fall, Lippert will attend the University of Colorado in Boulder, where he’ll study computer science.
All three seniors said that the hardest part about getting the Eagle Scout badge was the project. Ball also mentioned that having to organize everything was also difficult. Sticking with scouts for that long takes commitment, and the boys are happy that they followed it through. Lippert explains that he knows so many adults who fell just short of Eagle Scout and got their Life Badge. “Our family friends who didn’t go on to get the Eagle Badge really regret it ” that probably was my biggest motivation to go all the way,” says Lippert.
The seniors said they enjoyed their public school experience and liked their teachers. They liked Red Sandstone teacher Tom Treat in particular. Treat remembers the boys as really good friends who great students. Treat says, “They were dynamite students ” especially in math.” Treat fondly remembers a school field trip to Mesa Verde and laughs, “I beat them all up the Sand Dunes.”
Although all of the boys will miss home life, they’re looking forward to some independence and taking the next step. They have already had a little taste of college life. The three ” along with about 15 other senior boys at Battle Mountain ” have been enjoying a ‘guys night out’ each Tuesday night this year at local restaurant Agave. Finding good food at low prices is a college skill that will come in handy next year. “It’s Taco Tuesday there every week with $1 tacos,” says Ball. Every Tuesday? Ball replies, “Oh yeah, they are so good…”