The Distinguished Citizen Award, established by the Boy Scouts of America, is a recognition bestowed upon citizens in communities across the United States who have demonstrated exceptional leadership and character. It sends a powerful message to our youth that character matters and inspires them to lead, take responsibility, and care about principles and causes beyond self-interest.
For over a century, the Boy Scouts of America has been at the forefront of providing citizenship training for American youth. The organization has offered character-development programs based on the values found in the Scout Oath, which include: duty to God, duty to country, duty to others, and duty to self. These values serve as guideposts for young people, helping them develop into responsible and ethical citizens.
In today’s society, there is a growing call for a return to ethical behavior, self-reliance, and caring for others, and these values align precisely with the Scout Law. The Distinguished Citizen Award recognizes individuals who exemplify these values in their actions and leadership, setting an example for young people to follow. By honoring distinguished citizens, the Boy Scouts of America reinforces the importance of character in shaping the future leaders of our communities and our nation.