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!


    • 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.

  1. 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!

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

  3. 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.

    • 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.

  4. 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.

  5. My son son just became an Eagle. His favorite band is Imagine Dragons. How can I contact Mr. Reynolds for a congrats letter and picture? TIA!

  6. My son and his friend just did their board of review for their Eagle and they both love Imagine Dragons and my son has floor tickets to their concert in July in Salt Lake City and I was wanting to try and get a congratulatory letter for both of them from Dan because they would flip their lid they are huge fans! Do you know how I could do this? My son ‘s name is Micah Rogers and his friend is MaKade Spendlove

  7. Dan Reynolds is amazingly talented (along with his bandmates too). And as stated in the article he is very giving too. A friend of mine has been fighting a very aggressive cancer. Dan played an acoustic benefit concert where all proceeds went straight to her to help pay for all her medical bills. Since then I have seen many other great things that he has done for her and her family.
    I love that he said “it was more important for me to do something positive than to be cool.” Dan is a great role model and incredibly selfless.

  8. My son, Patrick, just became an Eagle Scout. His Eagle Court of Honor is June 21. Imagine Dragons is his favorite band. Would it be possible to get a congratulatory letter from Mr. Reynolds? Thank you for a great article. It’s always nice to hear about Scouts making a difference in the world.

  9. My son just received his Eagle Scout Rank. I try to find Dan Reynolds contact info for a congratulatory letter. My son loves Imagine Dragons and has performed Radioactive in his orchestra Spring Concert. Thank you for a great article.

  10. My son earned his Eagle and is planning his Court of Honor for November. He was so excited when he learned that Dan Reynolds is an Eagle Scout. Imagine Dragons is his favorite band and he would love to have a congratulatory letter from him. Was any contact information ever found?

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