Martin Hagara was born on September 17th, 1934, and comes from a family of six children. Since his early childhood, Martin inclined towards the ideas of Scouting. After the communist takeover and banning of all the scout organizations, together with his friends, he founded an illegal scout organization named “Zlatý Orol” (Golden Eagle). He was in charge of its branch in Nováky. During Christmas of 1950, he was arrested and after an extensive investigation, as a juvenile, he along with the other members sentenced to 2 years of imprisonment for high treason.