|By Theresa Fitzgerald, Public Affairs Office
Completion of an Eagle Scout Service Project at Fort McCoy’s Pine View
Campground helped a member of the Fort McCoy community attain scouting’s
David Humphrey poses by one of
the five footbridges that help visitors enjoy the Pine View
Campground hiking trails. Humphrey helped coordinate
construction of the bridges as part of his Eagle Scout Service
Project. (Contributed photo)
One day after his 17th birthday, David Humphrey, son of Garrison
Deputy Commander Lt. Col. Rob and Rhonda Humphrey, was awarded the
rank of Eagle Scout at his court of honor.
Only 4 percent of Boy Scouts in the United States achieve this
Humphrey’s Eagle Scout Leadership Service Project, completed at Fort
McCoy in the fall of 2011, included the construction of five new 15-
to 30-foot footbridges along the hiking trails at the campground.
The project took five weekends to complete and included tearing down
existing bridges and then preparing the area for new bridge
The bridges help visitors safely enjoy the hiking trails that
meander along the La Crosse River at the campground.
His older brother was his motivation for completing his project,
Humphrey said. “My brother challenged me to earn my Eagle Scout
before he did. He earned his one day before his 18th birthday.”
Humphrey said he could not have completed the project on his own. He
was supported by volunteers and provided with tools, heavy equipment
The Fort McCoy Directorate of Family and Morale, Welfare and
Recreation provided the tools and lumber for the project. What
couldn’t be provided was paid for with donations from Piggly Wiggly,
Sparta Women’s Group, Friends and Spouses of Fort McCoy and the
Sparta VFW. No federal endorsement is implied.
During the weekends, his Family, friends and scout troop worked
alongside him to construct the bridges.
Humphrey said the experience taught him a lot about leadership.
“Being a leader means being flexible and teaches you to adjust when
your plans don’t work. You have to help yourself to help others.”
Humphrey’s future plan is to attend college and major in Cyber
Security. He said scouting has been a way of life for him since the
age of 5, and he will continue to support Boy Scouts of America.
Throughout the years, two other Eagle Scout Service Projects were
completed for Outdoor Recreation. They were the fire pit at
Whitetail Ridge Ski Area and the Trout Falls Bridge at the