Top Eagle Projects Receive National Attention

Each year, about 50,000 Scouts received the Eagle Scout Award. That means that every week, several hundred Scouts around the country—and even around the world—are completing their Eagle Scout leadership service projects.

Every Eagle project is impressive, but some are truly exceptional. To recognize the best of the best, the National Eagle Scout Association has established the Glenn A. and Melinda W. Adams National Eagle Scout Service Project of the Year Award. The national winner, recognized each May at the BSA’s National Annual Meeting, receives a certificate, a silver device for his Eagle Scout square knot, and a cash award of $2,500 to be used for the Scout’s future education or to attend a national or international Scouting event or venue. Regional and council-level winners also receive recognition through the program.

This past May, the inaugural award was presented to Alex Griffith of Jarrettsville, Maryland. For his project, Alex built a playground in Krasnoyarsk, Russia, the city where he was born and where Dwight and Jenny Griffith adopted him as an infant in 1994. To build his playground, Alex recruited 634 volunteers from 78 cities, 23 states, and five countries; he raised $62,856; and he invested 838 hours of his own time on top of the 1,867 hours his volunteers spent. He also traveled to Krasnoyarsk in August 2009 with his father and four other volunteers to oversee the playground’s assembly.

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