The Boy Scouts of America has created the Spirit of the Eagle Award as an honorary, posthumous recognition of a registered youth member who has lost his or her life in an accident or through illness.
This award is bestowed by the National Court of Honor as part of the celebration of the life of this young person. It recognizes the joy, happiness, and life-fulfilling experiences the Scouting program made in this person’s life.
The intention is also to help heal and comfort the youth member’s family and other loved ones over their loss.
Because the Scouting program was so appreciated, loved, and enjoyed by the youth, this award will serve as a reflection of the family’s and friends’ wishes as a final salute and tribute to their departed loved one.