Re: Eagle Trivia - Basic Question
Michael Rogero Brown (michaelb@SUNRISE.CSE.FAU.EDU)
Mon, 29 Aug 1994 10:21:08 -0400
> It took me some time to get to this, but I have a partial answer to your
> This is from page 59 of "The Boy Scouts An American Adventure" 1984.
> A photo with the caption "Arthur Eldred, the first Eagle Scout." Sorry no
> year given. On the same page is the following: "In an advance edition of
> the 1911 handbook, three badges were announced: Life (top), Star (middle),
> and Wolf. By publication time, the highest, Wolf, had be replaced by
I should point out that it was later discovered that the photo shown was NOT
Eldred's, but someone else. _Scouting Memorabilia_ or one of those magazines
pointed this out and ran a real photo of Eldred.
Life and Star were switched aroung 1915 or so. You see, at that time the
3 highest awards (Life, Star, Eagle), were earned just by earning merit badges,
nothing more (course you could not earn merit badges unless you were a First
Class Scout or an adult). ANY 5 got you Life, ANY 10 got you Star, and 21
(some of which were specified) got you Eagle. Only later did you have to
earn badges from the Eagle list for Life and Star.
The reason the switch between Life and Star was that the Star had 5 points,
which would tie in better with Life's requirement of 5 merit badges.
[My comment that adults could earn merit badges DOES mean then adult could and
did earn Star, Life, and Eagle awards. The 3rd Eagle Scout was an adult. This
continued to around the 1950s.]
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