Spirit of the Eagle Award

The Boy Scouts of America (BSA) created the Spirit of the Eagle Award as an honorary, posthumous recognition of a registered youth member who has lost his or her life in an accident or through illness.

  • This award is bestowed by the National Court of Honor as part of the celebration of life of this young person. It recognizes the joy, happiness, and life-fulfilling experiences the Scouting program made in this person’s life.
  • The intention is also to help heal and comfort the youth member’s family and other loved ones over their loss.
  • Because the Scouting program was so appreciated, loved, and enjoyed by the youth, this award will serve as a reflection of the family’s and friends’ wishes as a final salute and tribute to their departed loved one.
SOTEA Certificate


A posthumous award to recognize the contributions of Scouting members who lost their lives in an untimely accident or illness.


Presented by the National Court of Honor on behalf of councils; for youth members under the age of 21. The application must be submitted within six months of the youth member’s death.

Nomination Process

  1. The Unit Committee must download the Spirit of the Eagle Award Application and fill it out with all required information.

  2. Once the application form has been completed, it should be submitted to the Dan Beard ESA either electronically or send to:

    Dan Beard Eagle Scout Association
    Attention: Awards (Spirit of the Eagle)
    10078 Reading Road
    Cincinnati, OH 45241

    Submission Deadline: Within six months of nominee’s death

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