The fact that a boy is an Eagle Scout has always carried with it a special significance, not only in Scouting but also as he enters higher education, business or industry, and community service. The award is a performance-based achievement whose standards have been well-maintained over the years.
The passage to the rank of Eagle is demanding and a culmination of the efforts of the scout and his leaders. Requirements include earning at least 21 merit badges and demonstrating Scout Spirit through the Boy Scout Oath and Law, service, and leadership. This includes an extensive service project that the Scout plans, organizes, leads,and manages.
Eagle Scouts are presented with a medal and a badge that visibly recognizes the accomplishments of the Scout. The badge stands for strength of character and symbolizes what a scout has done, but more importantly, it represents what the scout will be in his future. Additional recognition can be earned through Eagle Palms, awarded for completing additional tenure, leadership, and merit badge requirements. Not every boy who joins a Boy Scout troop earns the Eagle Scout rank; only about 4 percent of all Boy Scouts do so.
The title of Eagle Scout is held for life, thus giving rise to the phrase “Once an Eagle, always an Eagle”.
In 2016 Ryan DiMattia made the rank of Eagle Scout. Congratulations Ryan!