Myles Forgue is the Junior Assistant Scoutmaster of Troop 24 New Bedford at Saint Joseph Saint Therese Church, acquired the rank of Eagle Scout on August 7th, 2019, and is being recognized for earning Scouting’s highest distinction on Sunday, November 10th.
He completed his Eagle Scout Service Project at Saint Joseph Saint Therese Parish in New Bedford. The objective of his project was to restore two sets of eroded stairways and beautify the property by cleaning an overgrown playground that previously was a part of the school property. Forgue and a team of local youth leaders successfully executed the project, thereby reinforcing care for elderly parishioners, and restoring a play-space for local children. When asked what inspired him to execute such a challenging service project, Forgue stated, “As a Scout, I feel called to be a student and citizen of the world, always searching for small ways to show great love for the world around me.”
Forgue is an 18 year old senior at Bishop Stang High School who serves as Student Council President. Forgue is also President of the Southeastern Massachusetts Association of Student Councils, which is a regional organization that hosts leadership training and service opportunities for student leaders across Massachusetts. Further, he is an AP scholar and an outstanding leader and citizen who has collaborated with Special Olympics International to promote inclusion.
Myles credits his journey in Scouting with helping him be ready for the next step in life: "In my perspective, Scout Spirit is the opportunity to grow through cheerful service. Scouting and the National Youth Leadership Training (NYLT) have equipped me with the wisdom and will to advocate for student leadership and change.” He intends to pursue a career as a collegiate professor of English Literature and leadership trainer. According to Myles, “I carry my troop’s Motto- LEARN FOR LIFE AND NOT FOR THE MINUTE- every day, and it is especially meaningful as I move on to the next tier of my educational journey.”
The rank of Eagle Scout is the highest rank in the Scouting program. According to the Boy Scouts of America, “Since its introduction in 1911, the Eagle Scout Rank has been earned by more than 2 million young men. Twenty-one merit badges are required to attain Eagle in addition to the service project. Once attained, the title of “Eagle Scout” is held for life, thus giving rise to the phrase “Once an Eagle, always an Eagle.”