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Five Eagle Scouts land in Manassas

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Martin Quinan’s family tree has a few eagles — Eagle Scouts, that is. Quinan was the fifth and last of his family to achieve the rank at a ceremony at Seton School in Manassas June 9. 

Martin is the youngest son of Phil and Cyndy Quinan, parishioners of All Saints Church in Manassas. The family legacy of Eagle Scouts began in 1974 when Phil earned his Eagle Scout rank, along with his brothers.

Martin’s four brothers — Daniel, Sam, Peter and Andrew — earned the rank in 2006, 2008, 2012, and 2015, respectively. Martin earned it in 2018.

“We set a stage of getting an Eagle and then it fell to the children to continue,” said Phil. “Scouting seemed natural and it’s kind of our nuclear family heritage. Scouting and leading was something I did well, so I did it for many years. That got the bug in the kids to continue in Scouting.”

Martin was a member of Seton School’s Troop 554. When he joined Cub Scouts Pack 1188 at All Saints Church in Manassas in 2006, his mother was den leader. His father was cubmaster of the pack for 12 years and served as chartered organization representative and unit commissioner. 

Martin served as a patrol leader, assistant senior patrol leader and troop guide. He was elected to the Order of the Arrow, a Boy Scout honor society, and he earned 34 merit badges — 13 more than needed for Eagle — earning him the Bronze and Gold Eagle Palms. 

Martin’s Eagle Scout project involved leading a team of volunteers in building Buddy Benches at Baldwin Elementary School in Manassas, which provides a place for children to sit if they need friends to join with on the playground. 

Martin completed his first year at Villanova University in Villanova, Pa., where he is studying electrical engineering and made the dean’s list. He participates in Villanova’s club swim team and competed at the Collegiate Club Swim National Competition in March.

The boys have learned lessons throughout their years in Boy Scouts and carry those lessons still. 

“The transition from where I went from participating to leading was a great one,” said Martin. “(I learned) to take responsibility as I moved through the rank. You have to be able to handle your own situation.”

“I learned how to lead people,” said Andrew. “As soon as I started to become more of a leader, I took to my own and I’ve carried that with me ever since. It’s the whole idea of seeing a situation, knowing how to manage people — in business school — others having to learn how to manage people.” 

Cyndy said Scouting has made them both excellent swim coaches. “They are good at teaching others,” she said.

“I put them in a position to take charge and they were mature enough to do it,” said Phil regarding the Eagle rank achievement. “I see it as a level of maturity. I’m very proud of them, of what they’ve become but as God’s servants, not just as Eagle Scouts. Being Eagle is something you are.”


© Arlington Catholic Herald 2019