100 Years Ago Today

A History Of Events And Happenings From Exactly One Hundred Years Ago

First Eagle Scout Award Approved

The Boy Scouts of America highest award was originally the Wolf Scout. In August 1911 it was changed to Eagle Scout. Eagle Scout was not a rank, but part of the merit badge system that recognized Scouts who had earned a specified number of merit badges. Eagle Scout was awarded to any First Class Scout who had earned 21 merit badges. Arthur Rose Eldred had completed the 21 merit badges required for Eagle Scout in April 1912. In the beginning of August 1912 the first Eagle Scout board of review was held at the time when only 141 merit badges had ever been earned by about only 50 US Scouts.

On August 12, 1912 Arthur Rose Eldred became the first Eagle Scout in the Boy Scouts of America.

The first Eagle Scout in the
Boy Scouts of America
Arthur Rose Eldred

Also on that date the patent for the BSA belt buckle was granted to Sigmund Eisner Company who specialized in uniforms. In 1912 Eisner had 4 sons and took a great interest in civic and social affairs including scouting.

Boy Scout belt buckle
patented August 12, 1912




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