Skip to comments.A Century of Eagle Scouts
Posted on 08/01/2012 6:24:23 AM PDT by giant sable
One hundred years ago on Aug. 1, Arthur Eldred, a 17-year-old Boy Scout from Long Island, became the first person to earn the Eagle Scout rank. Eldred, tall, quiet and with a shock of dark hair, had joined scouting largely at the behest of his widowed mother, who hoped it would give some structure to his life. Yet as Eagle Scouts would continue to do throughout the next century, Eldred caught the scouting world by surprise. He was the first of an extraordinary new cohort of young men who were to prove very different from the classic 13-year-old Boy Scout in short pants.
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My son just passed (with flying colors!) his Eagle Board of Review a couple weeks ago. He should have his court of honor in August - just waiting on the paperwork and deconflicting schedules.
Yes, papa’s bursting buttons.
Congrats to your son!
And congrats to the Boy Scouts!
I was stunned a bit two years ago, at the 100th anniversary of the Boy Scouts. I scanned the internet, and could find NOT ONE major media outlet offering congratulations to the Boy Scouts on that anniversary.
If I recall correctly, Obama was invited to the anniversary jamboree, as the president is the honorary chairman of the Boy Scouts. But he declined that invitation, and went to be on “The View” and yak with Whoopi and Joy and Babs and the girls instead.
The only thing I ever see or hear in the media about the Scouts, is outrage that they ban homosexual leaders. And the left wants to tell us what we are supposed to be outraged about.
Recently the left has told us we should be outraged that the owners of a fast food place support traditional marriage. How did we get to this point in this country.
I earned my Eagle some fifty years ago. My son is a 46 year old Eagle (and Scoutmaster), with a 15 year old Eagle candidate (now Life Scout). They both embarked to Philmont last Friday.
Dad’s gotta brag every now and then ;^)
If you want to visit the Boy Scout “birthplace” where would one go? I know the Girl Scout birthplace is Juliette Lowe’s house in Savannah, GA. Is there a museum or something for Boy Scouts? I’d like to visit it.
I earned my Eagle Scout award in 1961 and was the youngest Eagle in the council in Cheyenne, Wyoming at the time, when I was in the 7th grade. My mom was my Cub Scout den leader in Spain and my dad was an assistant Scoutmaster in my troops in Spain and Wyoming (I was an Air Force brat). I was my son’s Cub Scout den leader in Arizona when he joined and was the pack Cubmaster and Webelos den leader for him in South Carolina too. He continued on to Boys Scouts where I served as an assistant scoutmaster for his troop. He became an Eagle Scout in 1995 in Tempe, Arizona. A family tradition. Once and Eagle, always an Eagle!
I was gone this weekend, but heard that our Scout Master dropped by and said that my son’s application had been approved and he is now an Eagle Scout. Couldn’t be prouder. I only made it to Star and my father only made it to First Class.
The history of Scouting in the U.S. dates to 1909, with the incorporation of the Boy Scouts of America. It's hard to pinpoint a birthplace because Scouting, through Baden Powell's book, Scouting for Boys, was a worldwide movement. We had Scout Troops in the U.S. before we had the BSA, both imported from Scotland and homegrown.
The BSA Museum was previously in Kentucky but is now in Irving, Texas.
The Boy Scouts were founded in 1907 by Lord Robert Baden-Powell when he held the first Scouting encampment for boys on Brownsea Island in England. It has since spread worldwide.
I do not know if there is an actual “birthplace” of the Boy Scout movement like Juliette Lowe’s house for the Girl Scouts in Georgia. BTW, I have a picture of my wife’s Girl Scout troop in front of that house from a trip they took from South Carolina when my wife was a Girl Scout in the early 60’s.
I proudly wear the red white and blue square knot as a soon to be 50 year veteran scout.
I have one of the best job in scouting. I conduct the Eagle ceremony for our troop. We will have an Eagle court of honor week after next with two new Eagles.
In our troop, those who receive the Eagle rank tend to be 16 or older. They are truly experienced scouts and understand the challenge and burden of leadership. The leadership ability of a seasoned Eagle scout is not found in almost any other endeavor for one so young. The training of the various skills is broad in scope and detailed in focus. The combination of mastered skills and leadership can not be beat.
My oldest son received his Eagle badge on Saturday, the 28th.
The BSA national headquarters is in Irving, TX, suburb of Dallas. There is a very good BSA museum at the HQ building.
Been there - done that - Congrats!
sigh.. only made it as far as Star scout few badges short of Life knew a few guys who made it to Eagle. Eagle courts were always special
Not sure there is such a place in the US. One suggestion is BSA HQ in Irvington TX. Haven’t been there, but believe they have something in the way of a museum there. Yep:
Found this on the birth of the BSA - good summary article:
Thanks. We’ll make it out to TX one of these years, and check it out.
Congratulations! I’ve served on nearly 100 Eagle Courts of Honor and mentored about 50 Eagles. Every one is unforgettable. They give you hope for the next generation. Be sure to tell your son that this is where his Eagle starts, not ends. It’s a lifetime learning experience.
We have. We have five younger sons, so we'll be in Boy Scouts for a long, long time. I told Bill that, since he has broken family tradition by not joining the military, he has to start a new tradition of every boy's being an Eagle Scout, starting with all his brothers, and then moving on to nephews, his children, grandchildren, and so on.
Sent the link to our District Office and they sent it out District wide.
Not an Eagle, but I’ve spent 22 years as an adult leader/volunteer.
Our son is wrapping up his Eagle application and will have his Eagle BoR in Sep.
His Eagle project was a flag retirement ceremony venue at our local veteran’s home. A fire pit surrounded by 7 flag poles.
Words can’t express how proud we are of him.
Great idea! I wonder if any of our local VFW posts would like something similar. Our #2 son is already planning his project, paving and landscaping for the parks department, but there are always boys needing ideas.
The VFW’s, KoC’s, Rotary and AL’s in our area were all over it and donated a bundle of $. If it’s not a veteran’s home, look at doing one at a VFW, AL or local park.
Our area is overrun with used flags needing to be retired, this will get a lot of use.
When I get some pics uploaded to the web, I’ll post some. Soon.
Congratulations to you and your #1 and #2 sons.
Side view of the pit.
Looking into the pit.
That looks great, and clearly he learned some masonry skills!
Our church has a basic ring-of-stones firepit at our picnic pavilion, and the Knights, Scouts, and VFW do flag retirements a couple of times a year. We also have ceremonies at our campouts fairly often. However, it would be neat to have a site like the one your son has built.
Our county parks department has budget problems, as so many places do, and this has resulted in their having projects that need to be done, with money for supplies, but no money for workers. It’s a great deal for Scouts and others who need to do community service.
Thanks...learning the masonry so he could lead it was his toughest challenge.
This project is actually spinning off other projects in that spot. A walkway to the area is being planned, a pergola/patio cover, landscaping, etc. So there will be at least 3 more Eagle projects as a result of this one.
For its intended use, the pit is a bit over engineered, but we did it that way so that all the workers could get a pretty good idea on what masonry work was about.
The internal fire brick was the hardest, the dimensions didn’t quite come out the way he intended due to the block, so we were playing a bit of Tetris with the bricks that line the walls.
LOL - learning experiences! My oldest boy built a kiosk with storage cubicles and an information board at a county park, and the first day, they put the support poles in the wrong place, so they had to re-plan the roof because the whole thing was bigger than anticipated.
#3 son is only 10, so once #2 finishes his project this year, we'll have a long break.
Ouch! I can only imagine how much work that was to re-plan the roof.
We got through the bricks ok, had to cut more than we had planned, but it still looks ok, like an Eagle Scout project.
Enjoy the “time off”...;^)