At the 1st National Convention of The American Legion in 1919, the Boy Scouts of America program was adopted to help achieve patriotic attitudes in youth. The American Legion believed then, as it does now, that Scouting is a valuable program for developing boys into men of high moral character.
The American Legion and the Boy Scouts of America have developed a cooperative relationship to promote the organization and sponsorship of Scout units by posts of The American Legion. The American Legion believes this excellent program is another way to provide the youth of America with the opportunity to participate in worthwhile activities fostering good character, citizenship, and fitness.
American Legion posts, Auxiliary units, and SAL squadrons charter over 2,700 Scout units serving some 71,500 young people.
The American Legion and Scouting Square Knot Award recognizes members of The American Legion, the American Legion Auxiliary or the Sons of The American Legion who are actively involved in the Scouting program.
The American Legion Eagle Scout of the Year
The American Legion provides a national scholarship annually to the Eagle Scout who is selected as The American Legion Eagle Scout of the Year. The winner receives a $10,000 scholarship awarded during a four-year period. Three runners-up receive a scholarship of $2,500 each.