By Community Submission
Sep 23, 2015

Eagle Charge for a Latter-day Saint Scout

Eagle-Scout-MedalLast May, Bruce Alger shared something his Timpanogos District does for their LDS Eagle Scouts. Nearly all units in that district are sponsored by the LDS Church.

During the presentation they give an LDS Eagle Charge Certificate, which is administered as a promise for the candidate during the award presentation:

EAGLE CHARGE
Latter-day Saint Eagle Scout

Being duly authorized by the Boy Scouts of America, I challenge you to accept the following charge. Raise your right art to the square and make the scout sign. Repeat the charge after me:Scout sign

 

As an Eagle Scout

I pledge throughout my life
to follow the Scout Oath,
the Scout Law,
to constantly look for ways to serve others
and to honor my Priesthood covenants.

I reaffirm my allegiance
to the God-given Constitution
that has made America great.

On my honor I will do my best
to assist other Scouts
who are climbing the trail to Eagle,
and to make my training,
my example, my rank, and my influence
count strongly in my family,
my troop and team,
my quorum,
my community,
and my country.

To this I pledge my sacred honor.

Eagle COHThen the presenter states their name and says: “By authority vested in me by the Utah National Parks Council, Boy Scouts of America, I pronounce you an Eagle Scout, with all the honor, privilege, and responsibility you have accepted, that goes with this prestigious recognition.”

Each new Eagle gets an Eagle Scout letter from the District Key Three with wording as follows:

Congratulations on your recent achievement of Eagle Scout. You now join a very elite group. About 7 percent of all Boy Scouts earned the Eagle Scout rank in 2013. There are 435 members of the U. S. House of Representatives and 100 members in the U. S. Senate; however, only 28 of these national leaders are Eagle Scouts. Of the 50 governors of the United States only 4 are Eagle Scouts.

Many years of hard work and perseverance are reflected in your Eagle badge. You have learned to set goals, to follow through and to accomplish hard tasks. You have laid a foundation for future service to God, country and other people. You are an excellent example to other scouts in your troop. As an Eagle Scout, you have a duty to help other scouts along the path to Eagle. As a member of the Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints you will have many opportunities to serve throughout your life.

We challenge you to live up to all the high standards expected of an Eagle Scout. May you continue to lead and serve.

Sincerelysignatures

Bruce, thanks so much for sharing this idea. Our readers will be happy for the resource.

Bruce Alger 2
Author:  Bruce Alger | Senior District Executive, Utah National Parks Council

 

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