The fact that one is an Eagle Scout has always carried with it a special significance, not only in Scouting but also as they enter higher education, business or industry, and community service. The award is a performance-based achievement whose standards have been well-maintained over the years. Not every youth who joins a troop earns the Eagle Scout rank; only about 5 percent of all Scouts do so. This represents more than 2 million Scouts who have earned the rank since 1912. Nevertheless, the goals of Scouting—citizenship training, character development, and personal fitness—remain important for all Scouts, whether or not they attain the Eagle Scout rank.
Eagle Scouts have achieved an outstanding accomplishment and deserve special recognition. Sometimes it is hard to pinpoint the appropriate recognition that would be truly meaningful. Here are some ideas: