An Eagle Scout is a Scout with the highest rank attainable in the Boy Scouting
program of the Boy Scouts of America (BSA). Since its introduction in 1911,
the Eagle Scout rank has been earned by more than 1.7 million young men. The title of
"Eagle Scout" is held for life, thus giving rise to the phrase "Once an Eagle, always an Eagle".
Requirements include earning at least 21 merit badges and demonstrating Scout Spirit, service, and leadership. This includes an extensive service project that the Scout plans, organizes, leads, and
manages. Eagle Scouts are presented with a medal and a badge that visibly recognizes
the accomplishments of the Scout. Additional recognition can be earned through Eagle Palms, awarded for completing additional
tenure, leadership, and merit badge requirements.