The BSA Veteran award recognizes individual members for tenure in Scouting. The recognition item is a lapel pin denoting the number of years of service. This pin is worn only on civilian clothing and not on the scout uniform.
The veteran award is an adult recognition only. However, tenure earned as a youth may be included in the total number of years registered.
Pins can be purchased at the local scout shop after confirmation is received from national records. Currently, 5-year to 90-year pins are available on scoutshop.org
After five years of registered service in the Boy Scouts of America, an adult may, upon application, receive the designation of "Veteran," provided the person agrees to live up to the Scouting obligations; to keep local Scouting authorities in the community in which residing informed as to availability for service; and further, to be as active in the promotion of the cause of Scouting as circumstances and conditions permit. Service in Scouting organizations other than the Boy Scouts of America does not count toward veteran recognition.
An individual must currently be a registered member of the Boy Scouts of America in order to receive an award.
An adult designated veteran pays the regular registration fee if desiring to continue to retain active connection with the movement.
Scouters desiring recognition as veterans must have maintained an active registered relationship for the required number of years, paying the annual registration fee.
The records of the national office and local council shall determine eligibility.
The periods of service claimed for veteran recognition need not be continuous.
View application form.
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Oct 01, 2020 - Shawn Leman
I was a scout for 12 years (1st - 12th grades). I achieved Eagle. Now as a father I've been an adult leader for 5yrs.
So is my tenure 17yrs? Or since I achieved Eagle do those years in between scouter and leader count towards my tenure? I seem to recall being told that those who achieve eagle are registered for life.
Oct 09, 2020 - Mark Loehrer
Oct 09, 2020 - Scouter Paul
@Shawn - You should only count years for which you were a registered
member of the Boy Scouts of America. In your case, it sounds like that
would be 12+5=17 years. The saying is "Once an Eagle, Always an
Eagle", but that doesn't mean your BSA registration continues.
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