Since its inception in 1911, the rank of Eagle Scout has represented the pinnacle of Scouting. Awarded to a select few young men who have demonstrated the highest levels of leadership and commitment to duty, the distinctive red-white-and-blue Eagle Scout badge distinguishes those dedicated scouts as truly the best of the best. The honored title of Eagle Scout is held for life and those that obtain it are expected to become leaders in whatever pursuit they choose. The gleaming nickel-plated receiver is adorned with spectacular engraving hand cut by Henry engraver Rob Bunting. The right side is highlighted by the image of a majestic bald eagle accented by distinctive American scroll work and a banner proclaiming the proud sentiment of all Eagle Scouts: Once an Eagle, Always an Eagle. The left side bears the image of the famous Eagle Scout medal and banners reading Eagle Scout and Boy Scouts of America. The engraved images on both sides and the winged leaf border are selectively plated with brilliant 24-karat gold. A tri-colored medallion replicating the Eagle Scout badge is inserted into the richly grained American walnut stock. The six badges of advancement which mark a scout's advancement to the Eagle Scout rank and the text Trail to Eagle are inscribed on the right side of the forearm and hand painted with gleaming gold fill.
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