Years of hard work and merit badge requirements led Minnesota’s Anthony Thomas to Scouting’s highest honor. Little did he know his Eagle Scout ceremony also marked an important milestone.
Thomas, of the Northern Star Council and Troop 3471, was announced today as the 2 millionth Eagle Scout. He made an appearance at the BSA’s National Meeting in Orlando, Fla.
More than 96 years have passed since New York’s Arthur Eldred became the first Eagle Scout. Daniel Carter Beard, Wilbert E. Longfellow and Ernest Thompson Seton were among those who examined Eldred to ensure his qualifications. Eldred was notified of the honor on Aug. 21, 1912, and he received his badge on Labor Day that same year.