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Imagine Dragons lead singer Dan Reynolds is an Eagle Scout

imagine-dragons-2Here’s some news that rocks.

Long before he helped Imagine Dragons win a Grammy Award, an American Music Award and a Teen Choice Award, lead singer Dan Reynolds earned the Eagle Scout Award.

Yes, the vocalist for the band that MTV in 2013 called “the year’s biggest breakout band” got his start in Scouting. Reynolds, now 26, earned the BSA’s top rank in 2004 as a member of a Scout unit chartered to the LDS church in Nevada.

His life since has been equally impressive, with his band’s platinum-selling debut album, Night Visions, racking up 2 million copies sold in the U.S. alone.

The band’s best-known song is “Radioactive,” which Rolling Stone magazine called “the biggest rock hit of the year.”

But the Eagle Scout frontman’s life hasn’t always involved tricked-out tour buses and sold-out arenas.

At age 18, he began a two-year Mormon mission trip to Nebraska. It wasn’t easy, he told the San Francisco Examiner.

“It was such a growing experience for me, and it humbled me and made me realize that the world’s a lot bigger than where you’re raised,” he says. “There are people dealing with so many more problems than you, and it makes all your problems seem really small. So you just forget all about yourself.”

Reynolds’ missionary garb was regularly pelted with Slurpees from passing cars in Nebraska.

“But when I got home, I saw the world in a different way — it was more important for me to do something positive than to be cool.”

A life lesson he certainly learned in Scouting before carrying it with him into life.

These days, Reynolds and Imagine Dragons are touring the world; they’re doing a European festival circuit this summer that takes them from Switzerland to the U.K.

But even still, Reynolds’ selflessness continues today. The band co-created and regularly contributes to the Tyler Robinson Foundation, which helps young people battling cancer. And you’ll often find them playing at benefit shows to raise money for worthy causes.

If success has changed this Eagle Scout, it’s only for the better.


Images courtesy of Interscope Records. Top: Reid Rolls, Secondary: Alexandra Sermon. Thanks to Boston Minuteman Council Scout Executive Chuck Eaton for the tip!

12 Comments on Imagine Dragons lead singer Dan Reynolds is an Eagle Scout

  1. Do you know what his project was? It would be cool to know what a musician did for an eagle project.

    • Great question, Reese. I reached out to his management for an interview, but the band’s not doing any interviews right now as they prepare for their next tour.

  2. How awesome would it be to have Imagine Dragons at the next Jambo?

    • That would be awesome!

  3. Ron Murphy // April 8, 2014 at 7:04 pm // Reply

    A little more info about his troop would be nice.
    “a Scout unit chartered to the LDS church in Nevada.”?
    Where in Nevada, it’s a big state?
    What unit?
    As you know the LDS church typically charters a Troop, Team, and Crew in most wards (congregation).
    Thanks for the info!

  4. Nate Kidwell // April 8, 2014 at 8:40 pm // Reply

    That’s awesome! I’m a huge fan of Imagine Dragons’ music, and this just makes me like them even more.

  5. Rex Brown of Pantera, Down and Kill Devil Hill is also an Eagle Scout. Rex mentions it in his interview of Bass Player magazine.

  6. Mike Clark // April 9, 2014 at 7:56 am // Reply

    Bryan,
    a little disappointed this morning; Do not know who Dan Reynolds and Imagine Dragons are? Must be a “Generation Cravass” issue

    Generally, your daily articles have more interest and relevance to the program. Better luck tomorrow.

    • Have one of your youth look it up on their cell-phone. I’m sure they’ve downloaded the song!

    • Nate Kidwell // April 9, 2014 at 4:46 pm // Reply

      Seems pretty relevant to me. You may not have heard of Imagine Dragons, but reading their accomplishments in the article or looking them up quickly will show that have become quite well-known. In my opinion, an article about a famous Eagle Scout is always interesting and relevant to the program! *smiles*

    • Thanks for the feedback, Mike. I can assure you this is relevant to the program. Ask your Scouts if they’ve heard of Imagine Dragons at your next meeting.

  7. Chandra Ramirez // April 10, 2014 at 7:07 pm // Reply

    That’s so cool! I tell my son all the time that scouts will help make him the man I know he can be and this just proves it will more.

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