Re: Eagle Trivia - Basic Question
Settummanque, the blackeagle (waltoml@WKUVX1.WKU.EDU)
Fri, 26 Aug 1994 21:39:29 CST
Larry Rinaldo <lrinaldo@R02DG05.R02.EPA.GOV> writes:
>This may sound a bit silly, but here goes anyway. I know the some of the
>beginnings of the Scouting movement created by Baden-Powell, and purposes
>behind it. However, since we all celebrate the accomplishments of a
>young man by recognizing him as an Eagle, here is the question.
>Why the Eagle?
The Eagle was chosen as the award because of it's association with
several items completely American. Our nation's symbol is the Eagle
with wings outstretched, symbolizing strength, protection and flight.
The Eagle was also chosen since several other nations had other awards
in the names of other creatures, and it made sense to create an award
which symbolizes our heritage.
However, I wrote back earlier, that many of our "Silver Awards" came
from the names of patrols; the Antelope, the Beaver, the Buffalo, and
the Eagle. The Silver Fawn is a "baby antelope" (that's one of the
reasons why many females and lots of males didn't like the Silver Fawn
Let's see if I can find in all of this mess a book called "The History
of the Boy Scouts of America" by William Murray, a member of the BSA's
National Executive Board in the middle 1940s.
In the middle of moving, all of my stuff is in boxes or either at the
old place or the new place. I'll have to following this up next week
with the answers from the book.
This leads me to other questions like: Who chose it?
>How did it get chosen? Who was the 1st Eagle and when?
I do have that information but I can't get to it, Larry! *frustrated
look* I'll see what I can find over the weekend and post here on
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