Eagle Scout letters of recognition are congratulatory letters sent by leaders, organizations and dignitaries that mark the occasion of a boy earning the rank of Eagle Scout. Often, a troop contacts potential letter writers asking them to send notes to honor the achievement.
Typically, a troop identifies individuals or groups that have special significance for the scout receiving the award. These sometimes include local politicians – mayors and supervisors – as well as state officials, such as governors and members of the assembly. At the federal level, presidents – both past and present – as well as Cabinet members, senators and congressional representatives are possible individuals to approach. Athletes and religious leaders are also often contacted. Organizations such as the National Parks Service, Air Force and NASA also offer to contribute recognition letters.