Worn by adults who earned the rank of Eagle Scout as a youth member. The Eagle
Scout is the highest youth rank in the Boy Scouting program.
For current requirements see,
Eagle Scout Requirements
After earning the Rank of Eagle Scout, a Scout can continue to advance by earning
palms. A palm may be earned by meeting a three month tenure requirement, a leadership
requirement, and earning five additional merit badges. A bronze palm is awarded
for the first five merit badges after Eagle. A gold palm for the next five and silver
for an additional five. If a Scout continues to advance, combinations of palms may
be earned with bronze and silver representing 20 merit badges beyond Eagle (and
12 months tenure). These palms may be worn by youth members on the Eagle Scout
rank patch, or on the ribbon of the Eagle Scout medal. Adults that earned them as youth on the ribbon of their Eagle Scout medal on formal occasions, or on the Eagle Scout knot as illustrated
The Distinguished Eagle Scout Award was established in 1969 to acknowledge Eagle
Scouts who have distinguished themselves in business, professions, and service to
their country. Only Eagle Scouts who earned the Eagle Scout rank a minimum of 25
years previously are eligible for nomination. The award is given by the National
Eagle Scout Service upon the recommendation of a committee of Distinguished Eagle
Scouts. Recipients may wear a miniature gold Eagle Scout pin on the square
NESA Life members may purchase and wear a special version of the Eagle
Scout Square Knot with a silver mylar border, as illustrated below.
In addition to the Square knot patch shown above, Eagle Scouts, of course,
receive the medal and ribbon, shown below, and youth members wear the oval Patch
on the uniforms.. Recipients of Eagle Palms wear them
on the ribbon or patch, similar to what is shown on the knots, above.
Credits: Our thanks to Mike Walton for the original scans of
the palms and their placement,
to Neil Lupton for the scan of the Distinguished Eagle Scout Pin,
and to James Eager for the scan of the NESA Life Member version of the knot.
Page updated on:
February 03, 2019