Spirit of the Eagle Award

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Spirit of the Eagle Award
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OwnerBoy Scouts of America
CountryUnited States of America
Created1998 (1998)[1]
Awarded forRecognition for a youth member who has lost his or her life.
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The Spirit of the Eagle Award is a Boy Scouts of America (BSA) honorary posthumous special recognition for a youth member under the age of 21 who has lost his or her life in an accident or through illness.[1][2]

The intention of this award is to help heal and comfort the youth member’s family, loved ones, and friends with their loss. It recognizes the joy, happiness, and life-fulfilling experiences the Scouting program made in the youth's life and serves as a final salute and tribute to the departed.

The award is limited to registered youth members and must be submitted by the unit committee within six months of the youth's death. The award consists of a certificate with a soaring eagle, and is imprinted with Spirit of the Eagle Award and Espiritu Del Aguila.


  1. ^ a b "News Briefs". Scouting (Vol. 86, No. 3). May–June 1998. Retrieved 27 March 2017.
  2. ^ Reavy, Pat (31 March 2007). "Spirit of Eagle Award goes to fallen Scout". Deseret News. Retrieved 27 March 2017. James' parents were presented with the Spirit of the Eagle Award, given to honor those Scouts who have lost their lives in a tragic accident or from illness.