100th Anniversary of the Eagle Scout Award

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The first Eagle Scout board of review was held August 1, 1912. A century later, more than 2.2 million Eagle Scouts have earned this esteemed recognition and have had a profound impact on our nation.

Many council National Eagle Scout Association (NESA) committees are planning related events this year to celebrate the 100th Anniversary. The theme of the National Order of the Arrow Conference in late July to early August is the anniversary. Renowned painter Joseph Csatari was commissioned by NESA to create a commemorative painting; prints will be on sale in June. The U.S. Congress is working toward a resolution to establish an annual Eagle Scout Day on August 1, when all Eagle Scouts should wear an Eagle Scout lapel pin or hat pin and perform service in their community.

Eagle Scouts are as American as apple pie and baseball, and everyone knows what the award means, but for the first time ever we have scientific proof of its impact. Eagle Scouts: Merit Beyond the Badge, a Baylor University study released on April 10, showed that Eagle Scouts go through life with self-earned advantage and are a benefit to our American way of life.

Your council has access to a database of adult Eagle Scouts found by the NESA-sponsored Eagle Scout searches conducted in 2008, in 2010, and again this year. What better prospect list for unit commissioners could there possibly be?