Michael Fahley received his Eagle Scout award June 7, the highest rank awarded by the Boy Scouts of America. To become an Eagle Scout, he organized work groups in Renton and Covington residential areas to paint fire hydrants and apply “No Dumping” markers to stormwater drains. Directing scouts and volunteers over two weekends, a total of 65 fire hydrants were painted in Renton and over 400 storm water drains were marked in Covington.
His favorite award was earning his Boy Scouts of America Lifeguard Certification at Camp Pigott. Leading his troop overnight at the Seattle Coast Guard Station highlighted his scouting experience. He volunteered as a Zone 3 Fire Explorer Scout for the cities of Tukwila and SeaTac. Scouting has provided him with opportunities to participate in a variety of camping, hiking, biking, and community service activities throughout Washington and Canada.
Michael began his scouting journey as a Webelos Scout in Fairwood’s Pack 455. In March 2003, he earned his Arrow of Light award, bridging over from Fairwood’s Pack 714 to Covington’s BSA Troop 945. He completed his Eagle Service Projects in August of 2009 and his Eagle Board of Review on March 1, 2010. Troop 945 honored Michael at a special Eagle Ceremony at the Cornerstone United Methodist Church in Covington, their sponsoring organization since 1999.
He thanks all those who helped and encouraged him on the trail to Eagle. He specifically thanks Steve Holt, his scoutmaster, for his guidance; Fred Sutton, previous scoutmaster, for his vision and enthusiasm; John Hearing and Mr. Keith Gehring, assistant scoutmasters, for their faithful support; Mr. Eugene Gallinatti, for delivering his eagle charge; Marci Oda, Skip Shear and Brett Herrin, Soos Creek Water and Sewer District employees, for their time and providing supplies; Ben Parrish, city of Covington Public Works engineer, for his time and providing materials; Ed Martin and Julie Soranaka, Boy Scouts of America Advancement Committee members, for their faithful assistance; Jim Sweeney, his granddad, for his wisdom and encouragement; project volunteers, for lending helping hands; Kyle Zemek, for loaning several safety vests; Steve Bodwell, his Maple Valley Presbyterian Church youth pastor and family.
Michael is a running start student at Green River Community College and recent high school graduate of Legacy home school co-op in Redmond. He is receiving water safety instructor training at the Julius Boehm Pool in Issaquah. He plans to transfer to Central Washington University to pursue degrees in Health and Business.