Joseph M. Cannata, 15, earned the rank of Eagle Scout during a board of review May 12 and will receive the award at a future ceremony.
He is the senior patrol leader of Boy Scout Troop 461, Allenhurst. He attends First Presbyterian Christian Academy, where he is on the cross country, wrestling, soccer and track teams.
He is the son of Lt. Col. and Mrs. Gregory A. Cannata, currently assigned to the 188th Infantry Brigade on Fort Stewart.
Eagle is the highest award in the Boy Scouts of America and requires years of progression through various ranks, 21 merit badges, leadership positions in the troop, and a service project for the community that the candidate must plan, develop, and lead.
Cannata’s project was erecting two fences along a tree-line at St. James Community Church’s sports fields to keep soccer balls out of the woods. FPCA and Hinesville Gators Soccer Club use the fields. Cannata has played for both teams.
Starting as a Cub Scout in Hohenfels, Germany, and continuing in the Lone Scout program while his family was stationed in Townsville, Australia, Cannata earned Cub Scout’s highest award, the Arrow of Light, before transitioning to Boy Scouts. He has earned 36 merit badges and is a member of the Boy Scouts honor society, the Order of the Arrow.
Cannata is a fourth generation Eagle Scout, as his father, both grandfathers and great-grandfather also achieved. An older brother is also an Eagle.