Recognition and Awards for Eagle Scouts
The Eagle Rank is a special and rare accomplishment deserving special praise and recognition. A special Court of Honor is normally arranged by the unit or the family, but only after notification of approval from the National Eagle Scout Service. Materials useful for recognition, planning and conducting an Eagle Court of Honor are included:
The Denver Area Council hosts an Annual Eagle Scout Recognition Banquet to honor each class of Eagle Scouts. You will receive an invitation for you, your family, and your unit leader to attend. This is a wonderful recognition event that acts as a grand finale for the journey that a Scout has made to obtain the rank of Eagle Scout.
In addition, there are many resources for individual recognition of an Eagle Scout. Bryan on Scouting has put together some suggestions for requesting letters of congratulations for Eagle Scouts. For Jewish Scouts, the National Jewish Committee on Scouting (JCoS) has produced an Eagle Scout Recognition Kit. The kit includes letter of congratulations as well as ceritificates suitable for framing. The Denver JCoS, also, has letters of congratulations available from Mike Shapiro.
Continuing the Trail of Eagle
You can continue down the Eagle trail by earning Palms. The Bronze, Gold and Silver Palm recognizes those special Eagle Scouts who continue to provide leadership to Scouting in three month increments and earn five additional merit badges:
You can continue the Eagle adventure by "Giving back more that you have been given". There are many ways to serve scouting as an Eagle: Junior Assistant Scoutmaster, Adult Leader after 18, Summer Camp Counselor, National and World Jamboree Staff to name a few.
Once you achieve the Eagle Rank, you have joined a select and honored fellowship of Eagles. There are two organizations that can help you make contact with fellow Eagles both locally and nationally:
Eagle Scout Programs and Awards
In addition to your Eagle Project, there are other challenges toward which you can aspire. One of these is the Hornaday Awards:
There are also special high adventure opportunities only open to Eagles. One such adventure is the Antarctic Scientific Program:
Many times Eagle Projects can be part of the Public Service requirement for the Congressional Award process:
The other requirements include Personal Development, Physical Fitness, and Expedition/Exploration. If you have attended a high adventure outing such as Tahosa High Adventure, Philmont, Canoe Base, or Sea Base, these will qualify for the Expedition requirement.
The Bill of Rights Institute announces their BRAND NEW Eagle Scout Competition. The competition is open to high school students who are Eagle Scouts, or Life Scouts who are planning or implementing their Eagle Scout project. The competition asks applicants to answer several questions tied to the Citizenship and the Nation merit badge and their Eagle Scout project for a chance to win $1,000! The winner can choose to receive the prize either entirely as a scholarship, or as a combination of scholarship and funding to put towards his Eagle Scout project. As a bonus, the winner’s unit will receive $500! The deadline is Sunday, February 10, 2014. Apply online here. For questions or more information, email Brittany Byrd.
If you are college bound, then admissions and scholarships are primary concerns. You need to begin preparing early for admission to top universities and military academies. Scholastic, athletic, and leadership achievement will count strongly. The Eagle Rank will help you qualify for many scholarships. Please visit our Scholarship resourse page for more information. View the scholarship FAQ page here.