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Special badge for Scouts who earn Eagle in 2012

2012's Eagles are the only ones who can wear this 100th Anniversary patch.

Know a Scout seeking a little extra motivation to finish his Eagle requirements next year? I’ve got it.

To celebrate the centennial of Scouting’s top honor, all recipients of the Eagle Scout Award in the year 2012 will be eligible to wear a special version of the red, white, and blue badge, seen here.

Next year will mark 100 years since Arthur Rose Eldred became the BSA’s first Eagle. Since that date — Aug. 21, 1912 — more than 2 million outstanding young men have earned the award.

The special-edition patch, available at local Scout Shops after the first of the year, will help make an already-special honor even more noteworthy.

Why the special patch? I’m told that after the overwhelming popularity of the 100th Anniversary of Scouting rank badges, Boy Scouts of America officials said it made sense to find a similarly unique way to celebrate the 100th Anniversary of Eagle Scouts.

A cool, new patch that will motivate Scouts? You won’t hear any complaints from me — or your guys!

Find a larger image of the patch design below:

26 Comments on Special badge for Scouts who earn Eagle in 2012

  1. Tony Piontek // October 14, 2011 at 12:43 pm // Reply

    I know that this unique requirement is very rare to earn it.

  2. What is the stock number so my Scout Shop can order it? They have not heard nothing from National Supply

    • Richard – I haven’t heard. I’ll check on this and post something once I do.

  3. Great stuff, Bryan! Love your blog.


  4. I turned in my application in 2010, could’ve had that one, nope. Council decides to way 4 months for my BOR.
    Could’ve had the 2012 one, nope decided to work extra hard and get my Eagle at 15.

    I’m lame.

    • Nick, the real reward is earning your Eagle Scout rank. Congratulations! And don’t worry, I didn’t wear a special-edition badge when I was your age, but I did feel pretty special wearing the “plain ole’ Eagle patch.”

      • Nothing PLAIN about being an Eagle Scout!!! <3

        • Chris Ratliff // January 25, 2012 at 2:48 pm //

          Here! Here! got mine late 1979, my brother in 1989 and my son just got his signed off last Monday night 01/23/12. Now on to the Board of Review!!

    • Nick,

      There is nothing “Lame” about being an Eagle Scout.
      You and your fellow scouts who have achieved this honor are great examples of outstanding youngmen.

      The Eagle patch or this “special edition” version, mean the same thing, that the wearer has achieved scouting’s highest honor.

      If I were you, I would take this time to earn a couple of Eagle Palms, and check out a local Venturing Crew in your area. There is a whole new world of fun, adventure and recognition waiting there (like the Ranger & Silver award and a lot more). Check it out!

      Congratulations on becoming and Eagle Scout!

  5. “Council decides to way [sic] 4 months for my BOR.”

    Sometimes it takes that long to check everything, and to get the letters of recommendation.

  6. Nick,

    Please contact me if you would like to receive a 2010 Eagle badge from me as you should not have been delayed 4 months if everything was in order for your eagle.

    Yours in Scouting,

    Juan Prado
    District Director
    Southeast Louisiana Council

  7. can a person that made Eagle before 2012 purchase the 2012 award. I made my Eagle 1975. It would be nice to have in my collection.

    • I believe you can, in my council’s (daniel webster)scout shop, there were Eagle Scouts coming in all the time to get the 2010 patch and they had gotten Eagle decades ago, they just had to show their Eagle pocket card or certificate. I don’t see why other councils wouldn’t allow it!

    • John Grigsby // January 30, 2012 at 5:34 pm // Reply

      I think it would be something special to have as apart of my collection as well. I ahve patches from the 100th year celebration of scouting and being an Eagle Scout since 1963 I think the 2012 Eagle Celebration patch would be even a greater patch for me to have.

    • Latter-Day Dad // April 12, 2012 at 4:13 am // Reply

      As long as you have your Eagle Card you can purchase anything eagle related offered by the BSA

    • Latter-Day Dad // April 12, 2012 at 4:13 am // Reply

      As long as you have your Eagle Card you can purchase anything eagle related offered by the BSA

    • Latter-Day Dad // April 12, 2012 at 4:14 am // Reply

      BSA allows purchase of Eagle Scout items sold through the scout shops so long as they present their credentials (Eagle Card)

  8. Just notified my grandson, Will Thompson, from Chicago of this special Eagle badge. He is a member of Troop 608 that his great-grandfather, Robert Munnecke, and his grandfather, Will Munnecke, earned their Eagle badges. His other grandfather, Allen Grim (me) and his uncles Robert and Steven Grim, my sons, are also Eagle Scouts.

  9. I’m excited. I passed my eagle board of review less than a hour ago. I was supposed to have it last year but some issues came up and so I’m glad now that I’ll be able to wear it!

  10. Mike Bradshaw, Sr. // January 14, 2012 at 9:30 pm // Reply

    Plain Eagle Patch? PLAIN EAGLE PATCH? Less than 2% of ALL scouts earn this rank. Nothing PLAIN about earning the rank or the badge. Perhaps the problem is with those who feel the badge must be gaudy and obnotchous to look at. This badge strikes fear in all those who fear scouting standards including some in congress, the presidensy and even some who previously earned the rank. Plain? Perhaps you need to go back and learn what earning The Eagle Rank is all about. Plain indeed.

    • Mike, I’m an Eagle myself, and I know that earning it is no small feat. Thanks for your comment.


  11. The “regular” old Eagle patch has a lot of tradition too. Will a Scout who earns Eagle in 2012 be allowed to wear the non-2012 patch, or should he wait for 2013 for that?

  12. Bryan,
    This blog may be the most up-to-date and informative communication tool currently being used by BSA. Keep up the wonderful work.

    • Thank you! That means a lot.


  13. Mario A. Morales // April 11, 2012 at 12:33 pm // Reply

    I tell my Scouts quite often – “One of my biggest regrets is not continuing in Scouting and earning my Eagle.” There is nothing plain about being an Eagle Scout!!! It doesn’t matter if it’s 2012 or some other year.
    My son should earn has Eagle this fall. I can’t wait to pin the badge on his shirt.

  14. Scout's Mama // June 15, 2012 at 5:15 pm // Reply

    I heard a rumor (?) that BSA has decided to extend the Eagle Centennial into 2013 because there is a controversy/discrepancy regarding the actual date of first Eagle award. Can you comment on validity?

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