For the New Eagle: Gifts, Photos, Letters, and More
Celebrating the Eagle Scout rank
Many items are available to celebrate your new Eagle Scout.
Scouting volunteers, parents, and others have asked, "What's a good
gift for an Eagle Scout?" Beyond your presence at their ceremony, a
good place to start is at the Scout Shops or their online store. Scout
Shops carry lots of items
including congratulatory cards, Eagle Scout plaques, knives, coins,
shirts, and other items
that many Eagle Scouts would love to own. Camping
and outdoor store gift cards are a great idea, too. A donation to the
Northern Star Council in tribute of a new Eagle Scout is also a
There are four Twin Cities Scout Shops for your in-person search for a gift. A link to all of their locations is on this page.
Northern Star Council automatically makes requests for congratulatory letters for
new Eagle Scouts. The requests are made to the President of the
United States, state governor, state senators, Elks, Marines, and
Navy. Letters from the White House are sent directly to the
Eagle Scout while others are sent to the unit leader of
the Scout. Feel free to contact other dignitaries for a letter of
congratulations for your new Eagle Scout.
We offer two professional photography studios for Eagle Scouts to have portraits taken. Whether a family chooses to use one of the council services or another photographer, we'll celebrate the occasion by hanging their photo in our office. Visit the Eagle Scout Photo page linked on this page to learn more.
Eagle Scout Ceremony - Court of Honor
A meaningful ceremony is the perfect end to many years of hard work
by a Scout. There are no requirements, so this is a great chance for
Scouts to show their individuality. Most
ceremonies contain certain common elements, including the Eagle Scout
Oath and Eagle Charge or Challenge, as well as highlights of the
Eagle's Scouting career. Troops are encouraged to
work with the Eagle Scout and his family to come up with a special
ceremony just for them. Try searching Google or Pinterest for "Eagle
Scout Court of Honor" for some great examples.
- Make sure someone has picked up the Eagle Award kit from the
council office. The kit contains the Eagle Scout medal, rank badge,
parent pins, and mentor pin. There is no charge for the award kit.
- Don't schedule an award ceremony until the Eagle Scout rank has been certified by the
national office and the award received at the council service center.
Everybody loves cake at a party! If you're planning to have one made by the local bakery, due to copyright laws, ask them to
see if they're authorized to use BSA graphics. If you need a letter from the council with
permission to use BSA graphics, please contact Scout Executive
Assistant Barb Newman at 651-254-9141 or firstname.lastname@example.org.
Flags for New Eagle Scouts
Many people like to give new Eagle Scouts a United States
flag. If you'd like one that's been flown over the U.S. Capitol
in Washington D.C., contact your national senator or representative for
sizes, material, prices, and date flown. If you'd like a flag that's
been flown over your
state Capitol, contact either the Governor or Secretary of
State's office for sizes, material, prices, and date flown. Your local
VFW or American Legion might also be able to provide a flag.
Ceremony Centerpieces and Decorations
There are lots of ways to decorate your ceremony space. The Scout
Shops have resources, as well as most craft stores. Red, white, and
blue themes are popular for
an Eagle Scout ceremony.
We have several sets of Eagle Court
of Honor resource bins available that include some table decorations and banners.
There are also two ceremonial Eagle rank badge light boxes. These Eagle
court of honor decorations are shared resources across all of Northern
Star Council. There is no charge to use them, we only ask that
you reserve them ahead of time and return them immediately when your ceremony is completed.
The Eagle Checkout Box contains:
- Eagle Scout banner
- Boy Scouts of America banner
- Porcelain Eagle statue
- Small Boy Scout statue
- Two foil table top center pieces
- Two log flag holders
- Six small flags (two of each: United States, Minnesota, Wisconsin)
- Eagle plaque with stand
- The Eagle Badge Light Box is not included in the Eagle Decoration Kit and must be reserved separately
Contact Customer Service to reserve these items: (763)231-7201
Eagle Scout Scholarship Opportunities
- NESA Hall/McElwain Merit Scholarship Application and other NESA
Scholarship Information are available on the NESA website.
Star Council offers Eagle Scout Scholarships each year for high
school seniors. Check the council website in the fall for an application for a scholarship and the procedure to follow.