Boy Scouts of AmericaTroop 181 Bradenton, Florida

                              Troop 181 Eagle Scouts


                          Troop 181 Eagle Scouts


William Colaco-  Eagle Scout - Troop 181, May 15, 2017,                               President - Donald Trump. 

John William O'Dowd-  Eagle Scout - Troop 181, November 17, 2016,                     President - Barach H. Obama.

Kenneth Wayne Tom-  Eagle Scout - Troop 181, November 17, 2016,                     President - Barach H. Obama.

Andy Hoe Thuan-  Eagle Scout - Troop 181, September 17, 2016,                     President - Barach H. Obama.

Reinaldo Puig-  Eagle Scout - Troop 181, December 14, 2015,                     President - Barach H. Obama.

Chandler James Shepard -  Eagle Scout - Troop 181, October 19, 2015, President - Barach H. Obama.

Michael Scott O'Dowd- Eagle Scout - Troop 181, June 15, 2015,                           President - Barach H. Obama 

James Wyatt Lewis- Eagle Scout - Troop 181, June 17, 2013,                           President - Barach H. Obama

William "Willy" Kidd - Eagle Scout - Troop 181, December 17, 2012,                President - Barach H. Obama

Christopher A. Albritton - Eagle Scout - Troop 181, November 6, 2012                     President - Barach H. Obama

Allan D. Baily "AJ" - Eagle Scout - Troop 181, October 23, 2012,                                    President - Barach H. Obama

Kevin D. Thielen - Eagle Scout - Troop 181,  January 10, 2012,                               President - Barach H. Obama

Kyle Cleland - Eagle Scout - Troop 181,  September 26, 2011,                                 President - Barach H. Obama 

James Stephen Covey - Eagle Scout - Troop 181,  December 13, 2010,                President - Barach H. Obama

Anthony J. Pusateri - Eagle Scout - Troop 181,  April 3, 2006,                                              President - George W. Bush

Richard Hessler - Eagle Scout -  Troop 181, September 23, 2005,                         President - George W. Bush

Justin S. Whelan - Eagle Scout -  Troop 181, July 8, 2004,                                       President - George W. Bush

Matthew Carter - Eagle Scout -  Troop181, December 17, 2003,                             President - George W. Bush

Neal Dentler - Eagle Scout -  Troop181, 2000,                                                            President - Bill Clinton

Erik Persson - Eagle Scout -  Troop 181, March 17, 1998,                                          President - Bill Clinton

Russell Tibbott, Eagle Scout - Troop 181, September 7, 1997,                                 President - Bill Clinton

Charlie Andrews - Eagle Scout -  Troop 181, February 7, 1997,                               President - Bill Clinton

Ty Black - Eagle Scout -  Troop 181, November 22, 1994,                                          President - Bill Clinton

Shawn Henderson - Eagle Scout -  Troop 181, October 1, 1994,                                President - Bill Clinton

Steven Berry - Eagle Scout -  Troop 181, March 10, 1992,                                          President - George H. W. Bush

Timothy Anderson - Eagle Scout -  Troop 181, November 8, 1988,                          President - Ronald Reagan

Stephen Estok - Eagle Scout -  Troop 181, September 29, 1987,                                President - Ronald Reagan

Thomas McCollum - Eagle Scout -  Troop 181, October 27, 1986,                              President - Ronald Reagan


Allan F. Baily - Eagle Scout,  Troop 880, Maryland, September 15, 1974,              Bronze & Gold Eagle Palm's                                                                                                                   President - Richard M. Nixon, Gerald R. Ford          

Mark H. Thielen - Eagle Scout,  Explorer Post 101, Illinois, March 26, 1969, President - Richard M. Nixon

David L. Behnke - Eagle Scout, Troop 433, Ohio, November 1999,                      President - Bill Clinton

Peter Livingston, - Eagle Scout, Troop 75, Massachusetts, 1975,                              President - Gerald R. Ford

     Eagle Scout Resources and Eagle Project Ideas

 NEW TROOP Policy on Eagle Scout's effective January 2012 .  All Life Scouts working towards the Rank of Eagle must continue to be an active member of the Troop with participation in a minimum of 75% of Troop Meetings, and a minimum of 75% of Troop activities and campouts to be assured of receipt of the Committee Chairman and Scoutmasters signature on your Eagle Scout Application.  (Note: excepts will be considered if more than the 25% of Troop meetings or activities are missed due to any required school activities or sports activities - please check with the Scoutmaster prior for an exception for such activities). 

National Eagle Scout Association 

Eagle Rank Requirements

Eagle Scout Rank Application

Eagle Scout Reference form

Eagle Scout Leadership Service Project Workbook  (March 2015)

Eagle Scout Palm Application, the site dedicated to helping Scouts become Eagle Scouts!

National Eagle Scout Association NESA Membership Application

National Eagle Scout Association NESA Scholarship Application

Duplicate Eagle Scout NESA Credentials

Saramana SAR Chapter of the Sons of the American Revolution Scholarship

Eagle Scout Resource Project Site

The Eagle Cout of Honor Handbook & Eagle Project Handbook

Eagle Ceremony Script Court of Honor

Eagle Ceremony Court of Honor Planning Guide

Eagle Court of Honor Ceremony Outline

Eagle Scout Court of Honor Parents gift Ideas link

Service & Eagle Scout Projects

Project Ideas for Eagle Scouts

Troop 160 Eagle Scout Project Ideas

                             Famous Eagle Scouts

List of Famous Eagle Scouts including President Gerald Ford, James Lovell - Astronaut, Steven Spielberg, Film Director/Producer, and James Stewart - Actor  Click  Link to see Famous Eagle Scouts - Link  

List of Famous Eagle Scouts and Famous Scouts Click to view Famous Scouts-Link

 The BSA’s First Eagle Scout
Arthur Rose Eldred

BSA'S First Eagle Scout


Boy Scout Astronauts

Neil Armstrong; First man on the Moon. Gemini 8 & Apollo 11 missions., test pilot & naval aviator,

James Lovell; Flew on missions Gemini 7, Gemini 12, Apollo 8 & 13,

James Adamson; Ret. Army colonel; shuttle missions STS-28 & STS-43,

James Bagian; Phys. & astronaut; shuttle missions STS-29 & STS-40,

Guy Bluford; Ret. colonel; shuttle STS-8, STS-39, STS-53, & STS-61-A,

Ken Bowersox; test pilot & Navy Capt.; shuttle mission STS-50, STS-61, STS-73, STS-82, STS-113, Int. Space Station 6, and Soyuz TMA-1,

Charles E. Brady, Jr.,shuttle mission STS-78,

Gerald Carr; Ret. Marine colonel; Commanded Skylab 4,

Sonny Carter; Flew on shuttle mission STS-33,

Roger B. Chaffee; Navy pilot and astronaut on Apollo 1,

Gregory Chamitoff; Int. Space Station Expedition 15,

Richard Covey; shuttle missions STS-26, STS-38, STS-51-I, STS-61,

John Creighton; Navy combat vet.; shuttle STS-51-G, STS-36, & STS-48,

Charles Duke, Jr.; Ret. brig. gen. & Apollo 16,1 of 12 men on the moon,

Donn F. Eisele; Air Force colonel and astronaut; Flew on Apollo 7,

Patrick G. Forrester; Astronaut; Flew on shuttle mission STS-105,

Michael E. Fossum; Col. Air Force Res.; shuttle mission STS-121,

C. Gordon Fullerton; test pilot, Air Force col.; shuttle STS-3 & STS-51-F,

William Gregory; Retired Air Force lt. colonel; shuttle mission STS-67,

S. David Griggs; Navy Reserve admiral; shuttle mission STS-51-D,

Jeffrey A. Hoffman; MIT, STS-51-D, STS-35, STS-46, STS-61, & STS-75,

Gregory H. Johnson; Astronaut,

Thomas Jones; shuttle missions STS-59, STS-68 & STS-80,

Mark C. Lee; Ret. Air Force; shuttle STS-30, STS-47, STS-64, & STS-82,

Don L. Lind; SpaceLab mission STS-51-B,

Steven Lindsey; Air Force col.; shuttle STS-87, STS-95, & STS-104,

Michael McCulley; Chief Exec. United Space & shuttle mission STS-104,

William McCool (deceased); Pilot of Columbia shuttle mission STS-107,

Brian O'Leary; Deputy team leader for Mariner 10,

Ellison Onizuka; lt. Col.,  STS-51-C&L. Died on shuttle Challenger,

Stephen Oswald; Navy rear admiral; shuttle STS-42, STS-56, & STS-67,

Scott Parazynski; shuttle missions STS-66, STS-86, STS-95 & STS-100,

Donald Pettit; shuttle STS-113, Int. Space Station 6, & Soyuz TMA-1,

Kenneth Reightler, Jr.; shuttle missions STS-48 and STS-60,

Richard Searfoss; Ret.colonel, shuttle STS-58, STS-76, & STS-90,

Elliott See; Astronaut; Backup pilot for Gemini 5 before his death,

Richard Truly; Ret. Navy vice admiral; shuttle missions STS-2 & STS-8,

David Walker; shuttle missions STS-51-A, STS-30, STS-53, & STS-6


              Eagle Scout Board of Review Guidelines

        The Board of Review for an Eagle candidate is composed of at least three but not more than six members. These members do not have to be registered in Scouting, but they must have an understanding of the importance and purpose of the Eagle Board of Review. One member serves as Chairman. Unit leaders, assistant unit leaders, relatives or guardians may not serve as members of a Scout's Board of Review. At least one District advancement representative must be a member of the Eagle Board of Review if the review is conducted at a unit level. A Scout may request a District Board of Review which will consist of members of the District Advancement Committee and/or District members who have an understanding of the importance of the Eagle Board of Review. In no case should a relative or guardian of the candidate attend the review, either as a participant or observer. The contents of the Board of Review are confidential and the proceedings are not to be disclosed to any person who is not a member of the Board of Review.

visit this link for the NEGA Board of Review Guidelines :

The Board members need to convene prior to interviewing the candidate (15 to 30 minutes.) The purpose of meeting before the actual interview is to:

1. Review the prospective Eagle Scout's application.

2. Read his reference letters and other important documents.

3. Become familiar with his service project by assessing his final report and any available pictures.

4. Review these guidelines to help formulate pertinent questions.

During this initial meeting, the Chairman makes sure everyone is introduced to one another, sees that everyone has an opportunity to review all the paperwork and determines that all understand the goals of this Board, which are:

1. The Board determines that the Eagle project was successfully carried out.

a. Did the candidate demonstrate leadership?

b. Did he indeed direct the project himself, rather than do all the work himself or allow someone else to direct the project?

c. Was the project of value to the institution, school or community group?

d. Who from the benefiting group may be contacted to verify the value of the project?

e. Did the project follow the plan, or were modifications necessary to complete it - what did the candidate learn from making the modifications?

2. The Board should be assured of the candidate's participation in and understanding of the Scouting program.

3. A thorough discussion of his successes and experiences in Scouting must take place.

As the documents are making the rounds, the Chairman should add any relevant data of which he is aware. It is best if the Chairman has personally viewed the completed project - if that is not possible, a phone call to the benefiting group's representative to discuss the merits of the project will do.

The following guidelines must be kept in mind during the questioning of the project:

1. The review is not an examination; the Board does not test the candidate. However, the Board should not be a "rubber stamp" approval process. Appearance of the candidate before the Eagle Board of Review does not mean automatic attainment of the Eagle Rank.

2. The Board should attempt to determine the Scout's attitude toward and acceptance of Scouting's ideals

3. The Board should make sure that good standards of performance have been met in all phases of his life.

4. A discussion of the Scout Oath and Scout Law is in keeping with the questioning.

5. Be sure the candidate recognizes and understands the value of Scouting in his home, unit, school and community.

6. The Scout should be encouraged to talk - don't ask questions answerable with a simple yes or no.

Once the Scout's Eagle Application, service project paperwork, letters of recommendation and these guidelines are reviewed, the Scoutmaster is asked to introduce the candidate to the Board (as a courtesy the Board members should stand). The Scoutmaster can be invited to remain as an observer and may be called upon to clarify a point in question. The candidate is asked to begin the Board by reciting the Scout Oath and Scout Law.The interview process:

1. Ask him questions about his understanding and adherence to the Scout Oath and Scout Law: The Board should make sure that good standards have been met in all phases of the Scout's life. A discussion of the Scout Oath and Scout Law is in keeping with the purpose of the review, to make sure that the candidate recognizes and understands the value of Scouting in his home, unit, school and community.

a. What is the hardest point of the Scout Law for him to live by - why?

b. What point of the Scout Law is the most important to him - why?  What point would the scout remove - why?, what additional point would the scout add - why?

c. What does "Scouting Spirit" mean to him - why?

d. What do the various points of the Scout Law mean to him?

e. What values has Scouting taught him that he thinks others see in him - at home, in his unit, at school and/or in the community?

f. How does he live by the Scout Law and Oath?

g. What do the different points of the Scout Oath mean to him?

h. What does "duty to God" mean to him?

i. What does "duty to Country" mean to him?

j. How does he "help others at all times"?

k. How does he feel about wearing his uniform in public?

2. Ask him questions about his camping experiences:

a. What was his most enjoyable experience in Scouting?

b. Conversely, what was his least enjoyable experience?

c. How many summer camps has he attended and where?

d. What did he enjoy most about his summer camp experiences?

e. Has he attended any High Adventure camps (Parsons, Silver Marmot, Mountainman or Philmont) - where and what did he enjoy about them - describe the experience.

f. Ask him about his outdoor experiences in Scouting - campouts, 50 milers, etc.

g. Ask him what he remembers of the "Outdoor Code".

h. Ask him if he has staffed any summer camps - what did he learn from the experience and what did he enjoy about the experience.

3. Ask him questions related to his Scouting experience:

a. What leadership positions has he held?

b. What were his responsibilities in each position?

c. What leadership position does he hold now?

d. Ask him what he would do if a scout refused to comply and/or ignored a valid request he made in the performance of his duties.

e. Ask him about his troop's discipline policy and where he figures in it in his present leadership position.

f. Ask him how he might handle "hurry-up" first aid cases.

g. Ask him other questions related to merit badges he has earned (remember you are not testing him).

h. Has he earned any merit badges that will help him in his choice of occupation?

i. What merit badge did he enjoy working on the most - why?

j. Conversely, which one did he enjoy working on the least - why?

k. Ask him what changes he might make in his unit.

l. If he earns his Eagle rank tonight, what does he intend to do to repay Scouting, his unit and its leaders?

m. Who has been the most influential person in his Scouting career?

n. Is there anything Scouting did not give him that he feels could be beneficial to the program to help other young men develop?

o. Tying knots - have scout demonstrate several different scouting knots

4. Ask him pertinent questions about his project. The Board should make sure that a good standard of performance has been met.

a. What group benefited from his project?

b. How did he find out about the need?

c. Ask him to walk the Board through the project from beginning to end i. The planning phase ii. The organization of personnel iii. Directing the project to completion

d. Did he have to contact any city, county or state officials for permits or to find out about ordinances, etc. - did the Citizenship in the Community Merit Badge help - how?

e. Once his project was approved, did he have to modify it - what did he learn from that experience?

f. Who did he get involved in helping him with his project - scouts, adults from his troop, members of the benefiting organization....?

g. Did he have any problems directing adults in their work - how did he feel about that?

h. In what ways does he feel he demonstrated leadership in this project?

i. Every scouts feels his project was "special" - how is his project "special"?

j. Thirty years from now when someone else asks him what he did for his Eagle project, what will stand out in his mind - how will he answer that question?

5. Ask him about his plans for the future. The Board should attempt to determine the Scout's ideals and goals.

         a. Ask him about his plans for the future - college, Armed Forces,    trade school, ....

    b. How does he feel earning Eagle will help him in those plans?

    c. When he turns 18, he assumes some new responsibilities - What are they? Sign up for the draft, register to vote and responsible for his actions in the eyes of the law.

    d. What should an Eagle Scout be expected to do and what responsibilities does he think come with the rank?

    e. What does he plan to do in scouting in the immediate and long range future?


  1. What will you do as an Eagle Scout to give back to Scouting? 
  2. What do you believe our society expects from an Eagle Scout? 
  3. Of all the patches on your uniform, which one means the most or which one of them are you proudest to wear? 
  4. If you could do it all over again, would you, and why? 
  5. What lessons did you learn from the Eagle process and how do you think those lessons will help you in your future endeavors? In other words, what will you take away from this experience? 
  6. How would you describe the effort you have put into your Scouting career? Expected response: I did my best. 
  7. What advice would you give to a new Scout? 
  8. You are about to breathe your last breath. What is the one Scouting memory (beginning with Cub Scouts and going all the way through) that is going to put a smile on your face? 
  9. How do you balance accomplishments you are so proud of such as your Eagle with the peer perception that Scouting is uncool? 
  10. What is the most pressing issue today? Why? 
  11. What point of the Scout Law do you think is the hardest for the youth of today to follow? Why? 
  12. Please stand up, give me the 12 points of the Scout Law, and tell me what each one means to you. 
  13. Tell me which is more important: earning the rank of Eagle or wearing it? 
  14. Why should we declare you an Eagle Scout tonight? In other words, how have you demonstrated the characteristics of an Eagle Scout and what is our assurance that you will continue to use them throughout your life? 
  15. If you could talk to anyone throughout history, who would it be and what would you talk about? 
  16. If you could change one requirement for Eagle, what would it be?
  17. If you could add one point to the Scout Law, what would it be and why? If you could remove one point from the Scout Law, what would it be and why? 
  18. What is something you found in Scouting that you can improve upon? 
  19. What is the moment you knew you wanted to earn Eagle? 
  20. There are 21 merit badges required for Eagle. If you had to add one more to the required list, which one would it be, and why? 
  21. With so many other activities competing for a young man’s interest or attention and the fact that some young people see Scouting as “uncool,” have you ever thought about quitting? And if so, what made you stick with it? 
  22. Did you ever have a Scout refuse to comply with a request to perform one of his duties? How did (or would) you react? 
  23. What outdoor experience have you had that you wish every Scout could have? 
  24. If you are awarded the Rank of Eagle, the charge requires you to give back more than Scouting has given to you. What are your Scouting plans from here and how will you fulfill this charge? 
  25. What did you learn about leadership from the Eagle Scout Service Project? 
  26. How do you exemplify Scout spirit in you daily life? (Eric N.)
  27. What was your “good turn” today?
  28. What is the difference between getting Eagle and being Eagle? 
  29. The first eight words in the Scout Oath are “On my honor I will do my best.” What does honor mean to you? 
  30. What question were you worried we would ask you? 
  31. Where do you see yourself with Scouting in the next five years? 
  32. You’re about to become a marked man for the rest of your life. What do you think that means? Are you prepared for it?
  33. One day you may have a son of your own. When he reaches the age to join, what will you tell him about Scouting? 
  34. Who are harder to lead, youth or adults? 
  35. Out of the merit badges that you earned, which one gave you information that will be most helpful to you later in your life, and why?
  36. Which of the merit badges that you have earned along the trail to Eagle has the most meaning to you and why? 
  37. If you had to describe your entire Scouting experience with just one word, what word would you choose? Why? 
  38. When is the last time you went camping with your troop? 
  39. What is an “Eagle Scout”? The question seems deceptively simple. I mean, we know an Eagle Scout when we meet one. But coming up with an eloquent way to define Scouting’s highest honor is harder than it seems.

  40. I do a last question. The last question of the Eagle Board of Review is a question asked by the prior candidate. I read the question which I have saved on my phone, and then once the question is answered, I ask the candidate what question he wants to ask the next candidate who sits in that seat. 

  41. What is the significance of this date in Scouting history? (Blank stare occurs … so you answer for him) It’s your Eagle Rank date. Congrats! 

These are by no means the only questions that may be asked. They are merely examples to be used as a springboard to other questions and further discussion. Please do not assume that you are to ask only these questions and consider the interview complete. The interview should come to a natural conclusion as each board member runs out of questions.

There is not set length of time for an Eagle Board of Review. However, 30 minutes is probably too short and an hour and a half is probably too long.

After the review, the candidate and his unit leader leave the room while the board members discuss the acceptability of the candidate as an Eagle Scout. Because of the importance of the Eagle Scout Award, the decision of the Board of Review must be unanimous. If the candidate meets the requirements, he is asked to return and is informed that he will receive the Board's recommendation for the Eagle award. Immediately after the Board of Review and after the application has been appropriately signed, the application is turned into the Council Service Center. A photocopy of the application should be attached to an Advancement Form and submitted to the Council Service Center as well.

If the candidate is found unacceptable, he is asked to return and told the reasons for his failure to qualify. A discussion should be held with him as to how he may meet the requirements within a given period. Should the applicant disagree with the decision, the appeal procedures should be explained to him. A follow-up letter must be sent to the Scout confirming the agreements reached on the action(s) necessary for the advancement. If the Scout chooses to appeal, provide the name and address of the person he is to contact.