Andrew and Noah Gleason, Eagle Scouts with Troop 39 in Purcellville, have been recognized for achieving the Eagle Scouts rank and for their remarkable time in the Boy scouts.
The Gleason twins joined scouting in 2009. In the seven years since, Andrew has earned 85 merit badges, and Noah has earned 87. They were founding members of Troop 39 when it was created in 2012. Both have served as patrol leader, assistant senior patrol leader, and junior assistant scoutmaster. Andrew has also served as troop guide and senior patrol leader and Noah has served as webmaster.
The brothers also helped create and run Scouting for Bricks, a LEGO-themed fundraiser allowing LEGO fans to display their creations. The event has raised over $54,000 for scouting activities in the past four years, helping Troop 39 avoid competing with other scout troops in the Purcellville area for fundraising.
Andrew was a member of the winter 2015 crew that went to the Boy Scout High Adventure at Northern Tier, where they spent several days camping on the frozen lakes of northern Minnesota in sub-zero temperatures. In 2016 Noah was part of the group that went to the Boy Scout High Adventure Sea Base in the Florida Keys for a week of sailing.
For his Eagle Scout service project, Andrew and a team of volunteers restored a drainage area along the W&OD Trail in Hamilton, Virginia. The area had poor drainage because of overgrowth that created a breeding ground for mosquitoes and other insects. Working with scouts, friends, and family, Andrew and the team cleared more than 300 yards of debris and laid over 3 tons of new drainage rock to help improve the flow of water in the area. His project took 111 hours to complete.
Noah’s Eagle Scout project was building a picnic area for the congregation at Saint Peters Episcopal Church, which sponsors the troop. It took 135 hours to complete.
Both are enrolled as high school seniors at Northern Virginia Community College. Andrew is planning a career in business management, while Noah hopes to pursue computer animation.
The Board of Supervisors honored the Gleason brothers, as they do with many Eagle Scouts, with resolutions of commendation adopted Nov. 1. Andrew was at work and could not attend the ceremony, but Noah accepted the commendation in person with his parents.
“It’s not often that I ask for the mic, I don’t like attention,” Noah said at the meeting. “But being an Eagle Scout is a great honor, and scouts have helped me meet new people and have new experiences that I would never have had the chance to do anywhere else.”