Arthur M. & Berdena King Eagle Scout Contest
The National Society of the Sons of the American Revolution (SAR) invites all Eagle Scouts interested in the American Revolution to participate in the Arthur M. & Berdena King Eagle Scout Contest. The contest is open to all Eagle Scouts who are currently registered in an active unit and, except as provided in the paragraph below, have not reached their nineteenth birthday during the year of application. The year that the Eagle rank was awarded is not restricted.
Temporary Transition Rules Extension – Any youth who registered as a member of Scouts BSA between February 1, 2019, and December 1, 2019 and was granted an extension by the National Council BSA to complete the Eagle Scout rank requirements after they have turned 18 years of age, will have 365 days from the date their Eagle Scout application was validated by the National Advancement Program Team to enter the contest. A copy of the approved extension must be attached to the contest application. College plans do not have to be completed in order to receive the awards.
Three awards are given: National First Place Winner receives $10,000; Runner-up receives $6,000; and 2nd Runner-up receives $4,000. The First Place Winner will be asked to appear at the NSSAR Annual Congress, held in June or July, to be recognized and receive the award. The awards may be taken as either a cash award, or as a scholarship to an educational institution. An Eagle Scout may apply for the contest in more than one year if they meet the age requirements, but no more than $10,000 total will be awarded to any one Eagle Scout. Prizes and recognition may also be awarded at the SAR Chapter and State Society level. Each Eagle Scout must complete an application form, a four-generation ancestor chart, and a 500-word patriotic themed essay.
The competition is conducted in three phases: the local Chapter level, State Society level, and National level. The competition is usually entered at the Chapter level, though in some cases, the competition may be entered at the State Society level. Applicants may not enter at the National level. Contest entrants need complete only one application for the SAR Chapter level competition. The application of the Chapter level winner is forwarded to be used in State Society and National level competitions by the SAR as appropriate. A complete set of rules, along with the application for both the applicant and the sponsoring SAR members, can be found on the Eagle Scout Application Form available for download on the link below. Please be aware that the local application deadline dates may vary, so interested applicants should reach out to the local SAR State Eagle Scout contact listed below for further details.
Eagle Scout Application (Revised 2019)
Four-Generation Ancestor Chart
Example Essay Topics
|Year||Winning Eagle Scout||Sponsoring SAR Society|
|2019||Ambrose Terneus||Nebraska SAR|
|2018||James M. Donovan||Missouri SAR|
|2017||Joseph M. Jaeger||Illinois SAR|
|2016||Grant Mercer||Georgia SAR|
|2015||Padraic G. Hennessey||Missouri SAR|
|2014||Samuel P. Donovan||Missouri Sar|
|2013||David C. Hager||Florida SAR|
|2012||Abram M. Weeks||Utah SAR|
|2011||Robert Rasmussen||Minnesota SAR|
|2010||David Cadwell Pegado||Empire State SAR|
|2009||Gerrit S. Bakker||Michigan SAR|
|2008||Paul Banwart||Minnesota SAR|
|2007||Charles C. McBride II||Conneticut SAR|
|2006||Michael W. Grogan||Missouri SAR|
|2005||John R. Rassmussen||Minnesota SAR|