A Trio of Proud Eagles in full regalia.
The purpose of this site is to help you identify and date your particular Eagle Scout Badge. This site is primarily a resource for the collector of Boy Scout memorabilia but it is also intended as a source of history for the Boy Scouts.
There were several manufacturers of the award over the years. Click here
to browse through the images to find your particular award. There are different methods used to designate particular Eagle types but this web site uses the system from the book, A Comprehensive Guide to the Eagle Scout Award
, by Terry Grove. (See www.groveagle.com
to purchase this important work.) It may be a daunting task to confirm which type you have but we hope that the images and the Identification descriptions for each medal will assist you.
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The meanings within
the Eagle Scout badge
Since the first Eagle was awarded in 1912 the badge has remained basically the same, that is, a silver eagle suspended from a red, white and blue ribbon with the scout motto, "BE PREPARED" on a silver scroll above. A knot hangs off the scroll signifying the scout slogan, "Do a Good Turn Daily". It was first proposed that the highest award would be a Silver Wolf modeled after the British. This Silver Wolf appeared in the proof editions of the first American handbooks. However the badge was changed to the more 'American' eagle and has remained so ever since.
Pictured here is an early 1920’s example in it’s original green coffin box.
Changes in quality
The Eagle Badge would experience many subtle changes in quality and materials. Ribbons would be made of silk or gosgrain. Silver content would change and pendants would eventually be made of pewter.