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You tell me: How would you define the term ‘Eagle Scout’?

What is an “Eagle Scout”?

The question seems deceptively simple. I mean, we know an Eagle Scout when we meet one.

But coming up with an eloquent way to define Scouting’s highest honor is harder than it seems.

Just ask Anthony C., a Life Scout who sent me this e-mail last week:

Dear Bryan,

This is Anthony C., Life Scout, and I am working on acquiring my Eagle Scout rank. I am doing a presentation to my local park board on building a disc golf course and in my presentation I have a slide on defining an Eagle Scout, but I have not been able to come up with a good definition. And all of the definitions I have seen are too conceited or just don’t explain what an Eagle Scout is. If you could send me a definition it would be greatly appreciated.

Thanks,

Anthony C., Life Scout

Thanks for the e-mail, Anthony, and congrats on being just a couple of steps away from the Eagle Scout Award.

For definitions, my first stop is always the trusty Merriam-Webster Dictionary.

Here’s the listing:

  1. a Boy Scout who has reached the highest level of achievement in Scouting
  2. a straight-arrow and self-reliant man

The first definition, though accurate, seems pretty boring to me. That alternate definition, though? Love it!

But there must be an even better way to define the term “Eagle Scout.” So let’s see what you, the  Bryan on Scouting readers, come up with.

Share your definition of “Eagle Scout” by leaving a comment below.

45 Comments on You tell me: How would you define the term ‘Eagle Scout’?

  1. Robert Longo // July 19, 2012 at 10:21 am // Reply

    Recently a Young Friend of mine received the Spirit of The Eagle Award. Although Sam has been working steadily toward Eagle Cancer has interfered & will take his Life before he is able to complete the requirements. What follows is an excerpt & I think helps define “What is an Eagle”:
    From the Court of Honor:

    Samuel Moore

    The Boy Scouts of America recognize and award young men whose lives exemplify the ideals of Scouting, and those who have touched so many people with such amazing gifts.

    Troop 1397 of Clarksburg and Damascus, MD recognizes and bestows upon you the Spirit of the Eagle Award.

    Your courage, determination, fighting spirit and joy of life have impacted countless people – more than you can possibly imagine.

    Your bravery in the face of obstacles has been inspirational. Your faith has been tested and found to be strong, and you have been a beacon of light in the darkness for so many people. Your joy of life has turned many from sadness and tears to love and laughter.

    You have lived according to the ideals of the Scout Oath and Law….

    The leaders and members of BSA Troop 1397 have found that you exemplify the highest standards of Scouting and that your accomplishments have reached the pinnacle of Scouting ideals and goals.

    We therefore present you jwith the Eagle Spirit Award.

  2. John Bosanac // July 19, 2012 at 12:35 pm // Reply

    The Highest Rank in Boy Scouts, earned by male teens with good character traits, high morals, and the ultimate respect for self and others. Takes on a project from start to finish.

    (I was a Scout Leader from 1995 to 2009 and have seen a number of scouts Earn this Rank. Like the phrase, Once a Marine always a Marine, Once a Eagle Scout, you are always an Eagle Scout.)

    • Robert Longo // July 19, 2012 at 12:40 pm // Reply

      I agree completely!!!!!!!

  3. Mitchell Losey // July 19, 2012 at 12:44 pm // Reply

    I am an Eagle Scout class of 2011. Although it seems pretty recent this distinguished honor has had a huge impact on my life. An Eagle Scout is one who has achieved the highest rank in the Boy Scouts of America, however there is more to it than just that. An Eagle Scout has shown his community that he is a reliable man. If he sets his mind to something it gets done. He shows and leads by example. He isn’t all about himself however he is about others.

    • Robert Longo // July 19, 2012 at 3:19 pm // Reply

      Well said, Mitchell.

  4. Cynthia Bonifacio (mother of an Eagle Scout) // July 19, 2012 at 12:58 pm // Reply

    The scout that has earned their Eagle is one that has learned to live his life under the protocol of scouting through his journey . As well as the required badge work and the supervising of his Eagle project. A scout that fully lives up to the twelve points of the Scout Law, that obeys the Scout Oath, that dedicates his life to helping others deserves it. A young man that has learned every tool both to live in the wilderness and be a productive member of society earns it.

    • Cynthia Bonifacio (mother of an Eagle Scout) // July 19, 2012 at 12:59 pm // Reply

      Parts of the above by Matt Brooks

  5. An Eagle Scout is someone who is ‘Trustworthy, Loyal, Helpful,Friendly, Courteous, Kind, Obedient, Cheerful, Thrify, Brave, Clean, and Reverent’ long after his days as an active Boy Scout are over. He knows how to follow instructions, but is not afraid to take the lead if asked or needed.

  6. Reblogged this on Troop 113's Blog and commented:
    …the final and chief test of the scout is the doing of a good turn to somebody every day, quietly and without boasting. This is the proof of the scout. It is practical religion, and a boy honors God best when he helps others most. A boy may wear all the scout uniforms made, all the scout badges ever manufactured, know all the woodcraft, campcraft, scoutcraft and other activities of boy scouts, and yet never be a real boy scout. To be a real boy scout means the doing of a good turn every day with the proper motive and if this be done, the boy has a right to be classed with the great scouts that have been of such service to their country. To accomplish this a scout should observe the scout law. [1911 BSA Handbook]

  7. An “Eagle Scout” is a resourceful, thoughful, fearless, creative, flawed crybaby with a heart of gold; whose strength is maintained through daily exercise, diet and meditation; and while not a fool is determined to be of service to anyone at literally any time when asked respectfully and honestly. The Eagle Scout hates evil, inequities, and dishonest people and attempts to work within the “system” to right the wrong and bring to daylight those who prey on others for their own gain. The Eagle Scout knows and appreciates right from wrong, day from night, black from white; but works within that grey area where most issues and problems occur and where he stands the best chances of helping make the issue or problem succeed. Only males may wear the Eagle Scout medal, earned through two and a half or more years as a registered Boy Scout or Varsity Scout and meeting demanding requirements for intemediate steps toward Eagle. The principles behind being an Eagle, however cuts across both sexes and makes the term universal in meaning and in execution.

    An Eagle Scout IS, by the program’s defination, “Prepared for Life(tm)”.

    People see Eagle Scouts in action every day, although they frequently gloss over it in the daily run of being human. Eagle Scouts are those in business who pass on a “can’t miss deal” because the way the “deal” was crafted was illegal or in their minds or hearts, immoral. Eagles are the ones which may not be the one initially volunteering for tasks — but once volunteered or directed, ends up frequently as the “leader” or “the main person” in charge simply because of his enthusiam for helping other people. Eagle Scouts are those who stand up and take the hits — figurally and literally — from those who want to take advantage of someone’s fraility, or lack of defense, or their failure to observe their surroundings. Eagle Scouts open doors for others and wait until older, slower people get onto planes, trains and buses before they do. Eagle Scouts know several ways to play with their food but also know when the appropriate time is for such play. The same is said for personal behavior, speech and gestures. An Eagle Scout knows so many things because he reads, listens and observes. He is willing to share those things but knows his own limits and the patience of others.

    A visual media example of an Eagle Scout is found in Angus MacGyver, portrayed for seven years on television by actor and outdoorsman Richard Dean Anderson. The character, an agent for a secretive spy agency, knows how to carry and use a gun but refuses to use one; seldom kills anyone or anything except as food; respects others property and enjoys music, reading and hanging with his friends. His weapons of choice: the Eagle Scout’s weapons: his head, his heart, and his multiblade (Swiss Army) pocketknife. On the television show, he frequently credits what he learned in Minnesota through the Boy Scouting program and was unafraid to reveal that fact to anyone who asked him.

    The series was so popular that in an August 2007 survey commissioned by the McCormick Tribune Foundation, Americans polled voted MacGyver as the favorite fictional hero they would want to have if they were ever caught in an emergency. Says a lot for an Eagle Scout from a rural state.

    The character never said “I’m an Eagle Scout”. Nor did he ever wear an Eagle pin or display his Eagle certificate in his home. What he did, said and acted upon however, became undenialable: Eagle Scout.

  8. Howard P. Hill // July 19, 2012 at 6:04 pm // Reply

    A young man who is well prepared to enter life as an adult with a level head on hos shoulders; self-confident, but modest. Able to act bravely in the face of danger or adversity. Willing to help others at all times.

    In other words – Someone you would want your daughter to date, and then marry.

  9. An Eagle Scout is someone who does not discriminate based on someone’s sexual orientation.

  10. An Eagle Scout is a person who has shown tremendous responsibility. It’s a promise made to himself and those around him that he will act thoughtfully and deliberately in all parts of his life.

    In a way, attaining Eagle can be seen as a rite of passage for young men – it is the culmination of years of hard work, learning and fellowship that signifies self-motivation and trustworthiness. It is respect from peers, elders and society as a whole – something not easily earned.

    • Deaf Scouter & Eagle Mom // July 20, 2012 at 10:18 am // Reply

      Does an Eagle Scout really act with deliberation in all parts of his life? Aren’t there instances when he doesn’t? I find your definition too much on ‘pre-thought’ before an Eagle takes action on your wording of “he will act thoughtfully and deliberately in all parts of his life.”

      • It can be argued both ways… but I think yes. Deliberation is thinking your actions through and not being impulsive, which is a large part of being an effective leader. In a crisis situation of course quick action is needed but, in calm times, “looking before you leap” is paramount to life success.

  11. Deaf Scouter & Eagle Mom // July 20, 2012 at 10:11 am // Reply

    The ideals are already there for Anthony’s presentation. (The ideals being the Scout Law, Oath, Motto and Slogan.) Instead of looking to us to define the definition or researching the definition of an Eagle Scout, Anthony should look instead at those that made Eagle and ask himself what they show him. Also Anthony should ask himself why this project and why he is tying it into an Eagle Project. Why this project for the town instead of another idea? What does Anthony hope to accomplish? What does Eagle mean to Anthony himself? These types of questions would best serve to help Anthony rather than our definition answers.

    One of the hardest things I think some have is trying to be ‘humble’ yet having to sell their project and ultimately themselves which can be a contradiction of humbleness. Looking at it from ‘doing a good turn daily’ helps put things in perspective. This is true in many spheres of life and not just on eagle projects hence the reason behind why Anthony is struggling with such a simple definition of Eagle. It really is a personal question yet an important slide that sells the project idea.

  12. Trenton Spears // July 26, 2012 at 1:39 pm // Reply

    Bryan I have a scripture from the Old Testament that refers to the strength of Eagles.
    Isaiah Chapter 40 verse 31 Quote: But they that wait upon the Lord shall renew their strength; they shall mount up with wings as eagles; they shall run, and not be weary; and they shall walk, and not be faint. At our hikes in places like Mt. Whitney we often refer to this scripture to inspire our Scouts to continue to reach higher heights and goals in their journey thru life. An Eagle Scout is the pentacle of success as a young man in Scouting. Sincerely, Trenton Spears

  13. An Eagle Scout is some who exemplifies the aims of Scouting (oath, law, moto, & slogan) and is willing and capable to lead others to do so also.

  14. A lot of good definitions here, so I am going to flip this a bit. I earned Eagle Scout 30 years ago. Upon reflection, I realize that I did not always do my best and I did not always live up to the Scout Oath and Law. I also realize that these are ideals and we will always fall short.

    What I have come to realize is that earning Eagle Scout is a moving goal that did not end when the medal was pinned on my chest. It symbolizes those ideals and keeps me moving to wards them. Whenever I tell someone that I am an Eagle Scout, I then have to act like an Eagle Scout. I have summed this up for new Eagle Scouts: “You don’t make Eagle, Eagle makes you.”

    • Robert Longo // August 10, 2012 at 1:21 pm // Reply

      I aggree w/you Ed I have have often felt the same way. I earned mine about 30 years ago as well.

  15. Like many things in life, there are those that will define the rank by listing out the requirements it takes to get there. While that is part of the equation, it is so much more than a checklist of to-do’s. An Eagle embodies the inner strength a young man achieves by taking the journey. It’s those experiences that define the man in the years to come. The destination is fine and dandy once it is achieved, but for those that truly live by the Scout Law, Oath, Motto, and Promise, being an Eagle in your heart does not require the colorful square knot, badge, or medal to be on your uniform for others to know your true character and worth. In my youth I truly did not understand what the hooplah was about at my Eagle ceremony and I couldn’t tell you one tenth of what the politicians said about my achievement. However, as the years passed and I saw how my day-to-day life was affected by wanting to live by a code of ethics, I began to see the gift that becoming an Eagle afforded me. Achieving the rank of Eagle against all of the physical, mental, and social obstacles in our youth has it’s merits and challenges, but living the life of an Eagle and returning back the gift to your community, your children, and the youth of tomorrow is truly the start of a long and fruitful journey.

    To define an Eagle is a very complex formulation of words since it means so many things to so many people. It can be explified in a variety of ways such as the boy who fights back against a bully. The young man who heroically rescues a pet or another human being. It can also mean something far from grandiose and is shown as a boy who can think through a challenging problem, organize a set of opportunities for a solution, and execute it because he has been exposed to a multitude of experiences that prepared him for the challenge. Not every Eagle has saved a life directly, but I would say that every Eagle has learned the simple lesson that our critical thinking and leaderships skills (that we accidently got over the years) prove that we can all achieve so much more as a group than alone. Also, we may just turn out to be a friend, a listening ear, or mentor to others that need to know they aren’t alone and that there is someone they can trust.

    Quite simply in my mind an Eagle is the culmination of all that we as a society hope and deem to be good. Isn’t it more the vision of all that we hope to be and not so much what we actually do that is at the essence of an Eagle? With any luck, the actions of an Eagle support that superhero vision that we all hope to live by in our Oath and Law. But I can also die a happy man even if every boy just begins his Life’s journey with the foundation of experiences that an Eagle has had the foturne to endure.

    • Like Ed and Robert have addressed, I believe that an Eagle Scout is one who accepts and holds dear the Scout Law and Promise, and pushes himself to strive for that ideal in daily life. The real mark of an Eagle Scout (youth or like Ed, Robert, and I…shall we say “veteran” or “experienced”) is that the Eagle Scout continues to push for that ideal, despite whatever challenges he may face. You must accomplish more than a simple list of requirements to achieve Eagle Scout, you must desire to improve your ability to serve your community by being a better you. That motivation may ebb and flow, but should never dissipate.

  16. Larry Geiger // August 22, 2012 at 3:42 pm // Reply

    A Boy Scout who completes the requirements for the Eagle Rank. That’s pretty much it.

    Anything else pretty much depends on the individual Scout. If a young man wants to make it mean more or something different, then it’s up to him.

  17. An ‘Eagle Scout’ is a Scout who possesses all the best qualities of Scouting. Earning the Eagle rank is not required to be an ‘Eagle Scout’. Not everyone who holds the Eagle rank is an ‘Eagle Scout’.

  18. Stuart R. Schwarzer // August 15, 2013 at 8:13 am // Reply

    An Eagle Scout is one who has demonstrated leadership in action while maintaining – to the best of his ability – the ideals of Scouting (Oath, Law, Motto, Slogan).

  19. An Eagle Scout is an individual who has completed the requirements for that rank in the Boy Scouts of America, and who, in his conduct and character, exemplifies the aims and ideals of Scouting. Whether still active in Scouting or not, an Eagle Scout seeks to better himself in order to better serve others and his community.

  20. An Eagle Scout is someone who has finished something that is never done. Many boys join the program. All learn and profit from it. The Eagle is the one who may have been distracted by those two fatal odors – perfume and gasoline, or may have been involved in sports or other activities, but he is the one who ultimately kept focus and met the physical, mental, and moral requirements. This doesn’t make the other scouts or non-scouts something less; rather it shows the Eagle has demonstrated something more.

    And while he did complete the requirements and earn the rank, he will never truly be done with it. The Eagle will influence his actions and decisions for the rest of his life. He may well look back and see where he could have done more or better. That very act will cause him to do so in the future. He is done, but never done.

  21. Kirby Junge // August 15, 2013 at 8:40 am // Reply

    I hate to be the wet blanket here, but why do we value the contributions of an Eagle Scout over a Venturing Silver award winner? Or a Sea Scouting Quartermaster Award? I am proud to be an Eagle Scout, but lets be honest, these other awards are time times more rare, and about three times more difficult. Take a look at your local district (or council). How many Eagle scouts do you know? I bet that you can list 10 or 20 Eagle scouts without too much difficulty. Now how many Silver award winners do you know? Maybe you can come up with ten names if you are pretty heavily invested in your Council Venturing Program. Now count the number of Quartermasters. Can you name five?
    The requirements for the Silver are WAY tougher than the Eagle. The first requirement for the Bronze Religious award is to complete the teen level Religious awards. That is just the first requirement! Most of the Ranger areas have at least one requirement that takes three months to complete- then we require the youth to go out and USE that knowledge and then to pass it along. Likewise, a Quatermaster award takes at least three years of work on a regular basis to complete.

    I am proud to be an Eagle scout (class of 1987), But the thing that I regret most form my scouting career was not getting to complete my Explorer GOLD award (the highest Exploring award at the time- before the Venturing program). We don’t treat the Arrow of light as an end of journey award- it is just the highest step before we move into something bigger. Likewise, it is time to look at the Eagle scout award in the same manner. If Eagle is as high as you are looking, then you aren’t looking high enough.

    • I hate to talk down on your venturing and exploring achievements but getting your Eagle is far more recognized nation wide and by employers. To be honest I know nothing about Explorers and ventures because after 18 you are an adult and starting your professional life and career. I got my Eagle in 1988 and am a Scoutmaster of a great troop in Michigan. There comes a time when you need to stop with your achievements and share your knowledge and experience with youth.

    • I am sorry you feel this way. The Scouting experience which ever program you are in has its merits which all support the AIMS of Scouting, Character, Citizenship, and Fitness. Having said that, to be an Eagle Scout you take on a Pledge for life to exemplify the 5 obligations in your personal, professional, and in some means, your continued Scouting life for life. That by far was the toughest decision of my life at 18 years old, (I am 60 now). BP always spoke of character and what he sought in developing strong moral and vibrant character in all of us as youths in the program. To achieve Eagle is not the recognition of meeting BP’s objective, it is the commitment and dedication to carrying the tools and wisdom of one’s Scouting experience forward in life, perpetuating the program ideals. I could never reflect anything less on my Eagle Achievement (class of 1972) nor expect anything less of those coming forward. They all have value and serve a purpose in bettering our society. The key is, what are all of our fellow Eagle Scouts doing about it today to ensure these values continue as BP had intended?

  22. After 30 years of being an Eagle, more than Scout Law and Oath. It is loyalty, committment, discipline, ethics, respect and a brotherhood,

  23. Eagle Scout is not the pinnacle of scouting, it is the beginning.

  24. There are many ways to think about this but one I have is “God First, Neighbors Second, Scout Third” Always putting things in this order is a great way in life, I think Eagle Scouts think this way…

  25. David Hammond // August 15, 2013 at 11:45 am // Reply

    Another beauty of being an Eagle is that it is a two way street. Next year will be 50 years since I received my Eagle and I love it when people say something along the lines of “Wow, you’re an Eagle Scout!” It always reminds me that while it is an honor, I need to make sure that I don’t forget that I am one of the images that people see. I would never want my image to be less than the average of other Eagles (and in their words, “Wow, that is a great group of people!”). Thanks guys for what you have done, what you are currently doing, and what you will do in the future!

  26. LENNY JENNINGS // August 15, 2013 at 2:57 pm // Reply

    An American “Can Do” person who is achievement oriented.

  27. Steve Stockham // August 21, 2013 at 6:36 am // Reply

    What is an Eagle Scout? He is all of the above! What does it mean to be an Eagle Scout? It obviously is an honor but it also is an obligation that has been taken on by the scout. The bar has been set at a lofty height and now, the Eagle Scout will be held to that standard. The good news is that he has shown that he is prepared to meet these new challeges of life! His obligation is to live up to the standards set by being an Eagle Scout. It’s not always easy but, then, the best things never are!

  28. Kaia Daniels // July 13, 2014 at 11:06 am // Reply

    As I watch my just 13 year old son work diligently on his Eagle service project confronting challenges he has to figure out, overcome fears of the unknown and push throug uncomfortable situations lsuch as speaking with strangers eloquently. I see before me a boy that is stronger, more dedicated, driven, motivated and invested in the service of his community than the average 13 year old boy. When he accomplishes the highest award of Eagle scout I will describe him as Prepared, Dedicated and Sucessful!

  29. John A. Kingston Sr // July 13, 2014 at 3:28 pm // Reply

    As an Eagle who made the rank over 40 years ago, I have come to believe that the Board of Review I went through never really ended. I chose to make law enforcement my profession and have put my Scout skills to the test on many occasions even to this day. I have been in many situations that tested my patience and nerves when dealing with individuals in the field who were not always cooperative or complimentary. To help remind myself of my moral obligation, I put two objects on my locker door that I see at the start and end of every work day, a picture of my family and a Eagle ceremony invitation card cover. Both remind me that I do not want to do anything to disappoint my family or sully the Eagle award that made them proud.

    I guess the definition would be something like “Boy Scouts highest award earned through progressive requirements and projects. A rank that bestows the bearer with the obligation to strive to live the ideals of the Scout Oath and Law for life”

  30. John Kenneth Koster Jr // July 13, 2014 at 10:39 pm // Reply

    Becoming an Eagle Scout is to be praised, but the majority of young men who pass through Scouting do not reach this stage. Is it possible that so much focus about being an Eagle makes the majority feel as if their Scouting experience was ultimately marked by failure? Should we emphasize more the broader elements of the Scouting program and not convey to impressionable young men that it is a competition for troops to produce the greatest number of Eagle Scouts. The work and the knowledge gained in becoming a Second or First Class Scout are significant and should be recognized and adequately praised before focusing on the Merit Badge chase.

  31. I have seen many people talk about the “Be Prepared” aspect of an Eagle Scout but I think another aspect, the pledge we have all made to give back is just as, if not more, important. So with that said here goes my definition of an Eagle Scout:

    An Eagle is a Scout. I don’t mean a Scout as in a person involved with the Scouting program. I am referencing the initial rank of Scouting, the Scout rank. Think back to your time as a Scout. Many of us Eagles surely must recollect fondly of that initial time when we were filled with nervousness, confusion and a desire for knowledge. As an Eagle we all accepted the responsibility of giving back to our community and our troop. As an Eagle we all are still initial Scouts and all still should feel that same desire for knowledge. But now that we are Eagle Scouts we have reached the “top of the ladder” so what knowledge is left to be discovered?

    As Eagles we should all work to set off that beginning spark of curiosity in every new Scout. The knowledge we should all be setting after as eagerly as we set off after the Scout skills is the knowledge that we have done everything we can to show a new generation of Scouts the great experience that is Boy Scouting.

    Eagle Scout, noun: A man capable of initiating a spark.

  32. Gary Holewinski // July 17, 2014 at 12:04 pm // Reply

    What does it mean to be an Eagle Scout? It means more than earning 21 Merit Badges and doing a leadership project. What does it mean?

    Depending on who you talk to 3% to 5% of the boys who join Scouting earn the rank of Eagle.

    Some people will tell you that Eagles are the 3% BEST Scouts (not sure what that means). It’s not. Its not the Scouts with the most Merit Badges or the biggest, most involved Eagle project or the Scout who’s been on the most campouts. Well then what is it and why is Eagle valued in the general population? I think President Coolidge sums it up better than I ever could.

    “Nothing in the world can take the place of Persistence. Talent will not; nothing is more common than unsuccessful men with talent. Genius will not; unrewarded genius is almost a proverb. Education will not; the world is full of educated derelicts.
    Persistence and determination alone are omnipotent. The slogan ‘Press On’ has solved and always will solve the problems of the human race.” President Calvin Coolidge (1872 – 1933)

    That’s what sets an Eagle apart, having a goal, completing what they started through all types of distractions. Eagles are persistent, they stick with it and see things through. That’s what makes an Eagle unique and why society values an Eagle. They know that an Eagle can be depended on.

  33. Rita Gerstheimer-Seubert // September 11, 2014 at 10:59 pm // Reply

    My son just finished his Eagle Scout project and has to finish up some requirements for the merit badges needed for the Eagle Scout rank. Once this is done, it is time to submit the paperwork. His father has been guiding him through the process, but there has to be the desire on the part of the boy to actually do the work required. From start of project to end, the process took over one year. No instant gratification here. The leadership and organizational skills needed to see the project through are not something that is taught during the process, it has to already be there. Responsibility is needed. Fundraising, supply acquisition and a solid plan need a responsible person to execute it properly. You have to interact with people on a professional level. Yes, an adult is there with the boy, but the boy has to present his idea and stand by it. I have spent my years as a parent preparing my son for his life as an independent adult. Working to become an Eagle Scout just reinforces what I have laid the foundation for. Thank you for reintroducing cooking as an Eagle required merit badge. It has been a mother required one prior to the change. Cooking is a life skill. The skills needed to make it to the rank of Eagle Scout also include many necessary life skills. I don’t see my son failing to become an independent adult, because an Eagle Scout is not unprepared for challenges. An Eagle Scout is a leader, planner and has a successful mindset.

  34. Achieving the highest rank in scouting is a tremendous accomplishment. It means that a
    Boy Scout has dedicated himself to the principal tenants of the Oath and the 12 character goals of the scout law. It is a strong indication that he; respects his country, is ready to lead, willing to follow, goal oriented and committed to excellence.
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  35. Another thought came to me regarding this question. I do not think of Eagle Scout as a term. An Eagle Scout is one who accepts the five obligations to live by the rest of his life. The obligation of HONOR, LOYALTY, COURAGEOUS, CHEERFUL, and SERVICE all come with a heavy consequence should one neglect them. When we pledge our honor to all who bear whitness in accepting the rank and responsibilities associated with it, we commit our life to others and to the Scouting program. To live by the five obligations is what makes one an Eagle Scout and why the rank is regarded so highly by all.

  36. Simply the Best!

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