outstanding eagle
By Julia Thompson
Mar 12, 2018

Distinguished and Outstanding Eagle Scout Awards

Every year the Utah National Parks Council comes together to recognize Scouting in the community at an event called the Celebration of Eagles. This event includes an award ceremony for those receiving the Distinguished and Outstanding Eagle Scout Award.

Distinguished Eagle

Established in 1969, the Distinguished Eagle Scout Award is awarded to men who have risen to a state of national and international prominence and influence within their chosen field. They must also show a strong record of voluntary service given within their community. To be eligible, each recipient must have earned their Eagle Scout rank at least 25 years prior. They must also demonstrate a lifestyle that resembles the attributes described in the Scout Oath and Law

Past recipients include the following noteworthy Americans: Gerald R. Ford, Lamar Alexander, George L. Allen Sr., John Willard Marriott Jr., Dallin H. Oaks, Jeffery R. Holland, and Vaughan J. Featherstone. More recently in our council, the award has been given to Gary Doxey and Ken Krogue.

Outstanding Eagle

The National Eagle Scout Association Outstanding Eagle Scout Award is a prestigious recognition presented by the council NESA committee to Eagle Scouts who have demonstrated outstanding achievement at the local, state, or regional level. Each council may nominate one recipient for each 100 Eagle Scout Awards granted in that council during the previous year.

The Outstanding Eagle Award is a prestigious award granted by the Utah National Parks Council to Eagle Scouts who have demonstrated outstanding achievements in their community. This group of recipients has made a positive impact on others as husbands, fathers, and community leaders. Often these men have dedicated a lifetime to their profession, community, and beliefs, at great sacrifice to themselves and their families.

Awardees have tremendously impacted their community is public servants, educators, philanthropists, and business leaders. They have consistently upheld the standards set in the Scout Oath and Law.


Do you know of an Eagle Scout who has dedicated their life to the service of others and is accomplished in their personal endeavors? Let us know!

Each recipient’s actions and accomplishments should elevate the stature of Eagle Scouts in the public eye, and each recipient shall be held to the standards outlined in the Scout Oath, Scout Law, and national BSA standards for membership. Nominees should also live within the boundaries of the Utah National Parks Council.

Our next Celebration of Eagles elevated and improved event will take place in October 2018. Stay tuned for sponsorship and ticket information!


Author: Julia Thompson | Marketing and Fund Development Associate, Utah National Parks Council, Boy Scouts of America

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