The untimely death of a promising, exemplary young person represents a tragic, sorrowful occurrence for any family and community. For that reason the Boy Scouts of America created the Spirit of the Eagle Award. This award is an honorary, posthumous recognition for a registered BSA youth member who has lost his or her life in an accident or through illness. Bestowed by the National Court of Honor as part of the celebration of the young person's life, the award recognizes the joy, happiness, and life-fulfilling experience Scouting made in that life, while also helping to heal and comfort the youth member's family, loved ones, and friends with the loss.
- recipient must be a registered youth member under 21 years of age at the time of his or her death
- unit committee must submit an application for the award within six months of the youth member's death
- unit committee must request the approval of the local council
Applications (BSA No. 92-108) are available through local council service centers or HERE