Distinguished Eagle Scout Award

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Distinguished Eagle Scout Award
Distinguished Eagle Scout Award.png
Medal with device on knot emblem
Owner Boy Scouts of America
Country United States
Created 1969
Awarded for Distinguished service in his profession and to his community for a period of at least twenty-five years after attaining the level of Eagle Scout
Recipients 2,051 (total 2013)[1]
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The Distinguished Eagle Scout Award (DESA) is a distinguished service award of the Boy Scouts of America (BSA). It is awarded to an Eagle Scout for distinguished service in his profession and to his community for a period of at least 25 years after attaining the level of Eagle Scout. Other requirements include significant accomplishment in one's career and a solid record of continued community volunteer involvement. It is one of only two BSA awards given to adults that is dependent upon the recipient's association in the BSA as a youth; the other is the NESA Outstanding Eagle Scout Award.[2] Recipients of the DESA are known as Distinguished Eagle Scouts.


The award consists of a gold eagle suspended from a red, white and blue ribbon worn around the neck. Recipients may wear a small gold eagle device on the Eagle Scout square knot on the Scout uniform.[3] The eagles use the same design as on the Eagle Scout medal. The Distinguished Eagle Scout medal is worn in place of the regular Eagle Scout medal for Eagle Scout-related ceremonies. The recipient is also presented with an engraved bronze plaque and is made a member of the Board of Regents of the National Eagle Scout Association.


The DESA was first introduced in 1969 and is awarded by the National Eagle Scout Association. Prior to the establishment of the Distinguished Eagle Scout Award, a "gold Eagle Scout badge" was awarded to Daniel Carter Beard at the Second National Training Conference of Scout Executives held in 1922 in Blue Ridge, North Carolina. This was the only time this gold badge was awarded.[4]


A DESA ceremony in 2009
For more details on this topic, see List of Eagle Scouts.


  1. ^ "Distinguished Eagle Scout Award". Boy Scouts of America. 2013. 
  2. ^ http://www.nesa.org/outstanding_eagle.html
  3. ^ "Distinguished Service Awards". Boy Scouts of America. Retrieved June 2, 2010. 
  4. ^ Rowan, Edward L. (2005). To Do My Best: James E. West and the History of the Boy Scouts of America. Las Vegas International Scouting Museum. ISBN 0-9746479-1-8. 

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