What is an Eagle?
An Eagle is an exceptional BOY SCOUT. Not an exceptional boy, young adult, high school student, or a college bound individual. Not someone who an excellent student, precocious, brilliant, a high achiever, speaks more than one language fluently, plays two instruments or is an expert sportsman. Not a "great kid".
These boys will be awarded acceptance into good colleges, earn degrees and go on to be possibly exceptional adults with possibly exceptional lives. An Eagle is an exceptional BOY SCOUT. One who meets the highest standards put forth by the scouting program. One who exemplifies the principals of the Scout Oath and Law in his personal life. This scout has become a young man with exceptional character based on these principals as defined and who has grown to become a leader among his peers, both in scouting and in his communities. Perhaps is would be easier to understand if we asked, "What is a Boy Scout?"