Michael Hagerty III at age 18 has faced many challenges during his formative years as a military family member, but with determination, resiliency and the help of family and friends, the Boy Scouts of America recognized him for his leadership and community effort awarding him the Eagle Scout achievement, Feb. 21 on Fort Stewart.
Hagerty, the son of Lt. Col. Mike and Anna Hagerty, a senior at Bradwell Institute, is a member of BSA Troop 222 in Richmond Hill; but was supported by Hinesville based BSA Troop 475, who hosted the Eagle Scout ceremony at the 3rd Infantry Division Museum.
The achievement recognized the successful completion of his Eagle Scout project; which was to plan, execute and manage the construction of a bell stand for the Bradwell Institute football team’s weight-room. The stand holds a bell which is wrung to celebrate a person reaches a new personal goal.
The bell could easily have been wrung for Hagerty in achieving Eagle Scout, the capstone to his scouting education and training.
Hagerty notes scouting has taught him many life skills, which has benefited him as a military Family member.
“I have been able to connect with many troops across the 11 duty stations I have lived at,” he said. “From Korea to Kansas, scouting has provided an instant means of making new friends and meeting new people who are all united by scouting.”
He added joining a new troop is comparable to attending a new school, providing a constant source of new connection and relationships.
“Scouting has so much to offer, varying from outdoor to social skills,” Hagerty said. “For me, scouting has taught basic survival skills, given me experience in leadership positions and instilled a foundation of integrity.”
He noted a good philosophy to follow for scouts working toward their own Eagle Scout project is never give up.
For more information about BSA, visit www.scouting.org. The Coastal Georgia council is located at 11900 Abercorn Street in Savannah at 927-7272.