Joshua N. Bradley, 18, of Richmond Hill, has earned the highest advancement award the Boy Scouts of America offers to Scouts, the Eagle Scout Award.
Bradley is a senior at The Oaks Virtual Academy, an online Christian school based in Hilton Head Island, S.C.
Bradley was honored by Troop 47 at his Eagle Scout Court of Honor in August. He is one of around 5 percent of all Boy Scouts who attain the Eagle rank, according to Scoutmaster Don Wygant.
Each candidate must earn 21 merit badges, serve in various leadership positions and successfully complete a leadership service project to earn an Eagle rank.
For his Eagle Scout service project, he chose to renovate two sections of a three-mile hiking trail and clear overgrown brush for a lookout deck at Fort McAllister State Park.
Bradley joined Boy Scout Troop 47 at age 12. He later was elected by his peers into the Order of the Arrow. He regularly attended summer scouting camps and participated in a high-adventure trip to Philmont Scout Ranch in New Mexico, where he hiked approximately 100 miles.
Bradley has served as senior patrol leader for Troop 47, in addition to other leadership positions, and received hiking and camping honors.
He is a member of Faith Harbor Baptist Church in Richmond Hill and is active in Teenage Republicans of Savannah, Family Education for Christ homeschool group and leadership at The Oaks Virtual Academy.
Bradley joins others who have become Eagle Scouts, including former President Gerald R. Ford Jr., astronaut Neil A. Armstrong, cinematographer Steven Spielberg and former FBI director William Sessions.