Eagle Scout Program

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Since 1910 the Boy Scouts of America has contributed to the moral and physical character of our communities by offering opportunities where young men, and now young women, can experience fun and adventure while learning the skills necessary for good citizenship and leadership.

One of the Sons of Union Veterans of the Civil War many goals and purposes is to reward those who achieve the status of Eagle Scout with a special congratulatory letter and color Certificate of Commendation, suitable for framing. While we encourage any Scout searching for that special community service project to look to us for inspiration on projects relating to the Civil War, we offer this certificate with no “strings attached” other than they must be an Eagle Scout.

Every Eagle Scout Court of Honor observes a very proud tradition that our organization is pleased to recognize in memory of the Grand Army of the Republic (GAR). Comprised of over 400,000 Union Veterans of the American Civil War of 1861-1865, the GAR was a living symbol of patriotism when the Boy Scouts of America was formed in 1910. Before the passing of their last member (on 2 August 1956) the GAR officially recognized the Sons of Union Veterans of the Civil War (SUVCW) as their Legal Heir. As such, it is our honor to maintain the many traditions of the GAR. These include the promotion of good citizenship by teaching patriotism, civic duties, and the love and honor of our flag – concepts that are “near and dear” to the Boy Scouts of America.

When possible, every effort is made by a Camp (local chapter) or Department (state) member, often wearing the uniform of our Order or a reproduction Civil War uniform), to attend the Eagle Scout Court of Honor to personally present the certificate to the Scout at his Court of Honor, usually wearing the uniform of our Order or a replica Civil War uniform. Note: A personal presentation is not possible when ordering through the National Coordinator. Click here for a listing of Department Eagle Scout Certificate Coordinators, organized by state.

How to Order a Certificate

  1. Download this certificate application (pdf), rename the file to make it unique for each Eagle Scout, and then save the file to your computer.
  2. Reopen the file on your computer and fill in the require data. We recommend you save the completed form to your computer. NO handwritten forms, letters or cards will be accepted.
  3. Email the application as an attachment to the appropriate Department Eagle Scout Coordinator.  If the Department does not list an Eagle Scout Certificate Coordinator, email the application to the National Eagle Scout Certificate Coordinator at eaglescouts@suvcw.org.
  4. A 45 day notice is required to have a presenter attend the Court of Honor.

Note: These guidelines must be followed in order to receive a certificate. If these guidelines are not followed a certificate may not be sent.