MADISON — George Dailey of Scouts BSA Troop 7 was awarded the Boy Scouts of America’s highest rank, Eagle Scout, on Saturday, June 18. Dailey’s Eagle Court of Honor was held at the Elks Lodge and guests included friends, family, and scouts from Troop 7 and other units.
Dailey, who completed the Eagle rank requirements in November of 2021, is a lifelong resident of Madison. He began his scouting adventure in the 1st grade with Cub Scout Pack 7 at St. Vincent Martyr parish. During his years as a scout, Dailey has hiked, biked, backpacked, sailed and paddled over a thousand miles on trails and rivers in ten states, and he visited national landmarks with Troop 7 in Washington, D.C., Arlington, New York, Boston, Plymouth, Antietam, Harper’s Ferry, Shenandoah National Park, Acadia National Park, and the Florida Keys. In 2017, Dailey completed National Youth Leadership Training, and he was inducted into the Order of the Arrow, scouting’s honor society, later that same year. Working with his family, parish, and diocese, Dailey also earned the Light of Christ and Parvuli Dei religious emblems, and he received the Ad Altare Dei award in 2018.
Dailey has held many leadership positions in Troop 7, including several terms as patrol leader, two terms as the troop’s Senior Patrol Leader, and he currently serves as Junior Assistant Scoutmaster. He has dedicated hundreds of hours of service to the Madison community as an individual scout and alongside his troop.
For his Eagle service project, Dailey worked with the Madison Borough Parks Advisory Committee and Department of Engineering to plan and execute the construction of a set of timber steps along an eroded trail in Summerhill Park during 2021. “The project included over 300 collective hours of work across 38 volunteers, and 200 professional hours,” Dailey explained. “I’m thrilled that the work I did was able to spread my passion for spending time in nature to other members of my community, and that they seem to be enjoying the outdoors just as much as I do.”
In addition to scouting, George also volunteers with the Madison Volunteer Ambulance Corps, where he has served since 2020 as an EMT providing emergency medical care to the Madison community. He was named a National Merit Scholar earlier this year, and he also has been awarded 2022 scholarships from the 200 Club of Morris County and the Madison Rotary Club.
A 2022 graduate of the Morris County School of Technology, Dailey will attend Boston University this fall and intends to study Biomedical Engineering as a Presidential Scholar at the university.
George Dailey is the 71st Troop 7 scout to earn the rank of Eagle since the troop was re-chartered in 1959. Troop 7 is chartered by St. Vincent Martyr Catholic Church in Madison. Information about Troop 7 is available online by clicking here, and young men ages 11-17 are welcome to observe a meeting or join at any time.