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Did you know that Adults could once earn Eagle Scout rank too?

It's true!  In 1912, as the Eagle Scout rank was introduced to BSA, many adults were already part of the Scouting program and working on advancement with their boys.  This practice continued for another 50 years and a small percentage of them worked hard and earned their Eagle Scout rank as volunteer adult leaders before BSA changed the rules for Eagle Scout in 1965 and again in 1972. 

One of these courageous pioneering adults was Robert A. Lentz.   Robert had been a Boy Scout as a youth and enjoyed it immensely.  Upon his return to civilian life after serving in the military during World War II, he volunteered as Scoutmaster of Troop 39 in Burlington, North Carolina. 

After earning all of his required merit badges and serving 4 years as Scoutmaster for hundreds of boys, Robert A. Lentz earned his Eagle Scout rank in 1956 at the age of 32 and received this award from his lovely wife, Betty (shown to the left).  Lentz continued as Scoutmaster for another 9 years and received the Silver Beaver and Lutheran Lamb Awards for his service to youth.  He also completed WoodBadge!  Learn more about the life of Robert A. Lentz by clicking on the picture to the left.

Within this website are the stories of about 650 men over 18 who earned their Eagle Scout rank.  This is a fascinating period in the history of BSA.  Of the millions of adults who served as volunteer leaders, only a small percentage earned their Eagle Scout rank -- about the same as for youth.  Like their youth counterparts, these Adult Eagle Scouts have shaped the BSA we know and love today in ways that are hard to comprehend. 

Please use the links above to read about these amazing men. 


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