Awards & Recognition for Eagle Scouts:
There are many awards and recognitions that an Eagle Scout may earn. Below are some of those.
National Eagle Scout Association:
The National Eagle Scout Association provides opportunities for Eagle Scouts to be recognized for their accomplishments. These recognitions are provided at the local and the national level. The awards and honors provided here are standard throughout the organization.
Individual NESA committees may form and provide their own local awards such as a “Service to the Community Award,” “Best District NESA Committee,” and other achievement awards.
The Distinguished Eagle Scout Award (DESA) was established in 1969 to acknowledge Eagle Scouts who have received extraordinary national-level recognition, fame, or demonstrated eminence within their field, and have a strong record of voluntary service to their community. It is NESA’s highest honor.
Only Eagle Scouts who earned the Eagle Scout rank a minimum of 25 years previously are eligible for nomination.
The NESA Outstanding Eagle Scout Award (NOESA) was established during the BSA’s 100th Anniversary in 2010 with the first recipient to receive the award a year later. The award was created to recognize notable Eagle Scouts who had either performed distinguished service at the local, state, or regional level or who were known nationally, but had not yet met the 25-year tenure as an Eagle for the Distinguished Eagle Scout Award. Often, worthy candidates for the NOESA have inspired others through their actions and have devoted a lifetime to their profession, avocation, community, and beliefs, at great sacrifice to themselves and their families.
The National Eagle Scout Association established the Glenn A. and Melinda W. Adams national Eagle Scout service project of the year award (ESSPY) to recognize valuable service of an exceptional nature by an Eagle Scout candidate to a religious institution, a school, community or other entity through completion of an Eagle Scout project.
Examples of projects that have been selected for the ESSPY include projects that have benefited underprivileged children, recognized veterans, been international in nature, and have required significant time and resources.
The National Eagle Scout Association established the NESA Legacy Society in 2013 for individuals to make a direct contribution to the national NESA endowment furthering the support of Scouting. The NESA endowment provides direct funding of Eagle Scout scholarships, NESA committee service grants, and career networking and encouragement for all Scouts who wear the Eagle Scout badge.
Grand Lodge of Georgia F. & A.M.
The Albert F. Garner, Jr. Eagle Scout Recognition Award
The Eagle Scout Award is the highest rank a Scout can achieve. Since its introduction in 1911, the Eagle Scout rank has been earned by more than 2 million young men. The title of Eagle Scout is held for life, thus giving rise to the phrase “Once an Eagle, always an Eagle”.
Requirements include earning at least 21 merit badges and demonstrating Scout Spirit, service, and leadership. In addition to several other requirements, boys must plan and complete an Eagle Scout Service Project.
After a young man has earned the Eagle Rank but has not yet turned 18, he can continue to earn Merit Badges. For the first five additional badges, he can receive a Bronze Palm. For the first ten earned, he can receive a Gold Palm and a Silver Palm for an extra 15 merit badges above those required for Eagle. These can be earned continuously in sets of five additional badges, with a required three-month active service between each palm.
The American Legion
American Legion Eagle Scout of the Year Scholarship
The American Legion Eagle Scout of the Year nomination window is from November 1st to March 1st, annually. Nomination packets must be received by each applicant’s respective American Legion department (state) headquarters no later than March 1st. Then each respective American Legion Department (state) Selection Committee will determine the Eagle Scout judged to be the best in their department (state). Then the department will send that packet, along with a list of the members serving on that Selection Committee, to The American Legion National Headquarters no later than April 1st.
United States Submarine Veterans
Scouting Recognition Program
The Submarines of the United States Navy are the most complex naval warships built to date.
The Crews are the most knowledgeable in their specialty and have the highest training of any
class of Naval vessels.
During WWII there was a poster showing a very young sailor at the wheel of a submarine. The
caption was “My father won’t let me drive his car and here I am steering a $25,000,000.00
submarine”. Responsibility comes early as a member of a submarine crew. Each member of
the crew has to be familiar with the entire submarine and possess a thorough knowledge of his
assigned department, as things happen fast with the depth and speed where they operate.
Just as the Submariners are the best educated and best trained Sailors, those Scouts with the
most ability and highest motivation are the ones that complete the journey to reach the rank of
Eagle Scout, Quartermaster or Summit.
Sons of the American Revolution
Arthur M. & Berdena King Eagle Scout Contest
The National Society of the Sons of the American Revolution (SAR) invites all Eagle Scouts interested in the American Revolution to participate in the Arthur M. & Berdena King Eagle Scout Contest. The contest is open to all Eagle Scouts who are currently registered in an active unit and, except as provided in the paragraph below, have not reached their nineteenth birthday during the year of application. The year that the Eagle rank was awarded is not restricted.
Pediment Chapter Certificate of Recognition
The Piedmont Chapter of the National Society of the Sons of the American Revolution issues a certificate of recognition to new Eagle Scouts in the district upon Request.
The Miltary Order of the World Wars
MOWW chapters support the Boy Scouts of America (BSA) and the Girl Scouts of the USA (GSUSA) by recognizing scouting excellence by presenting MOWW’s Eagle Scout, Venture Summit Scout and Sea Scout, and Gold Award Certificates of Recognition. Chapters also assist Troops, Groups and Councils in community projects, badge programs, etc.