Michael Hosek Receives Eagle Scout Award

Eagle Scout Michael Hosek Ballston Spa/The Ballston Journal Online

Michael Hosek (second from left) received his Eagle Scout Award from Maureen Hoesk, his mother, (second from right). Looking on are Matt Hosek, Sr. (far right), father, and Eagle Scout Matt Hosek, Jr.( far left), brother. Photo submitted.

BALLSTON SPA –Michael Hosek received his Eagle Scout Award at a recent Court of Honor, held at the Ballston Spa United Methodist Church. Michael is a member of Troop 1, which has been sponsored by the Church since 1913.

To earn the Eagle Scout rank a scout has to master numerous scout skills, demonstrate leadership skills and citizenship. A scout has to earn 21 merit badges of which 12 are required. A scout has to perform many hours of community service and have held leadership positions in the troop.

Finally, a scout has to plan, organize and supervise a major service project that will benefit a chosen organization. The project demonstrates the scout’s leadership and organization skills. Many times, the scout’s and volunteers’ time put into the project exceeds 100 hours.

Michael’s Eagle Scout project was the construction of a sign and circular stone wall, around the sign, for the Ballston Area Community Center. He met with Kathi Leigh, the Director of the Ballston Area Community Center and the board to determine ideas and location for the sign.

Michael enlisted the help of Sign Perfect and Saratoga Masonry Supply to help in the design and construction of the sign so it would be visible from Route 50. Then Hosek had to take the final design sketches and to present the project to the Village Zoning Board. The sign and wall was constructed in one weekend by Michael and several volunteers.

Hosek has worked at Camp Boyhaven for the past 4 years and will be working there again this upcoming summer.  He has attended National Youth Leadership Training (NYLT) and was on staff for the last 2 years.. Michael attended Boy Scouts of America’s 2013 National Jamboree in West Virginia, as part of the contiguency from Twin Rivers Council.

Hosek comes from a scouting family. His brother, Matt, earned his Eagle Scout award in 2007 and his sister Melissa, earn her Girl Scout Gold Award in 2009.

Michael is a senior at Ballston Spa High School and the son of Maureen and Matt Hosek of Ballston Spa.  He has participated in the Science Olympiads, Debate Club and Robotics. Outside of school, Hosek is involved in Rotary Youth Leadership Award (RYLA) and hikes in the Adirondack with his parents. Next year, he will study Atmospheric Science and Creative Writing but is undecided on which college he will attend.

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