In the Middleton Family, the Scouting rank of Eagle Scout isn’t just a challenge, it is a rite of passage.

On June 8, Cody Middleton continued the tradition and became the third generation Middleton to achieve the rank.

“There was a period where I was in Scouts because I had to, but as I progressed through Scouts, I started to appreciate it and decided I wanted (Scouting) for myself, regardless of my Family,” said Middleton.

As a Family with three generations of Eagle Scouts, dating back to his grandfather, Clifton Middleton Jr., the Middletons pulled together to help Cody achieve his goal.

“I think my Family always thought I would,” said Long. “They’ve always supported me. My mom helped me out with merit badges and my dad would take me camping.”

To achieve the rank of Eagle Scout a Scout must earn 21 merit badges, assume several leadership roles in the troop, be active for over six months in a troop, pass a board review and complete a special project.

Cody chose a project that helped him give back to the community as well as complete his Eagle Scout requirements.

He refurbished the St. Patrick’s Church nursery in Fayetteville, by repainting the room and bringing in new toys.

The Middletons embrace Scouting as a Family and are proud of the newest Eagle Scout.

“I have been excited for Cody since the day I held him moments after he was born, in the old Womack Army Hospital,” said Capt. Timothy Middleton, Cody’s father.

“I am so proud of him and I know his future is bright. He has already lived up to high expectations.”

While Cody is proud of earning his Eagle Scout rank, he said he is more impressed with what he has learned in the process.

“I get my Family’s pride because they’re proud of me, but honestly, I’m happy about all the life skills I’ve learned from it. That’s stuff I get to use for the rest of my life. I didn’t just do it to get it over (with) or check a box. I tried to learn the lessons,” said Cody.