How Scouting Led This Eagle Scout to His Life Purpose

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Will H. raised money and build a pavilion at Funkstown Community Park for his Eagle Scout project. (Photo credit: Ric Dugan/Herald-Mail Media)

Scouting has played an integral role in the life of 17-year-old Will H. of the Mason-Dixon Council. Will’s involvement in the program at a young age introduced him to the importance of leadership, service, and hard work. Today, he credits Scouting for leading him to discover his life calling.

“The Boy Scouts helped me realize my purpose in life is to help other people,” shared the Scout with Herald-Mail Media.

Will says his Scouting experience has inspired him to become a police officer for his local police department one day. The Scout is well on his way to reaching that goal and is currently a senior in his high school criminal justice program. After high school, Will hopes to study accounting, criminal justice and law enforcement to further educate his pursuits of fighting crime.

Carrying On His Family’s Eagle Scout Legacy

Scouting hasn’t just been a singular journey for the teen – the program has been a family tradition, as well. The Scout recently earned the Eagle Scout rank and joined the likes of his Eagle Scout father, grandfather and uncle.

The third-generation Eagle says being an Eagle Scout is important to his family because it teaches people that not everything in life can be handed to you, sometimes you have to earn it.

And earn it he did. Will built a 240-square-foot pavilion in Funkstown Community Park for his Eagle Scout project. He raised $2,500 in donations from friends and family to complete the project and also received shingle and concrete donations from local business owners.

“I thought it was doable, and I thought it would be a good challenge for me,” the Eagle Scout explained of the service project.

Though Will has now reached Scouting’s highest rank and discovered his life purpose, he plans to continue being involved in the program. The Eagle hopes to help other boys reach their goals by becoming an adult leader for his Boy Scout troop.

“I just want to make a difference in people’s lives,” Will said.

To learn more about how Scouting led this Eagle Scout to discover his life’s purpose, check out the full article from Herald-Mail Media.

To learn more about the positive impact that Scouting can have on young people like Will, be sure to check out this article on the recent Tufts study, and watch this video:


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Hayley Cordaro is a communications specialist at the Boy Scouts of America. She loves sharing inspiring success stories and uncovering new ways volunteers and employees can make the most of their Scouting experience. If you have story ideas or questions, reach out to us at