Charlie McNeil to receive Distinguished Eagle Scout National Award

Charles S. McNeil


In 1912, Arthur Eldred of Oceanside, New York was the first person to achieve the rank of Eagle Scout, the highest advancement rank in Boy Scouts of America. A nationwide Baylor University Study, Merit Beyond the Badge, found that Eagle Scouts have a positive impact on society from holding leadership positions in their careers and communities, to actively voting, volunteering and protecting the environment. Famous Eagle Scouts include Neil Armstrong, Bill Gates and Steven Spielberg.

The Distinguished Eagle Scout Award (DESA) recipients are typically recognized by their colleagues as the best in their field. As evidence of distinction, these men are nationally known and have an impressive record of peer recognition.

The DESA Task Force has as its responsibility to determine the candidate’s worthiness by sufficiently and thoroughly documenting his qualifications. Over the 108 -year history of Boy Scouts of America, only 0.1 percent of those achieving the rank of Eagle Scout have received the DESA national award, presented by the local council.

Charles S. McNeil of Cherry Hills Village will receive this award at an Eagle Scout Registration Banquet. The event will be held Friday, March 8 at 5 p.m. at The Denver Renaissance Hotel, 3801 Quebec St. Cost is $45. Contact if you are interested in attending.

McNeil is currently chairman of the board of the Denver Area Council Board of Trustees. President/CEO of NexGen Resources, and a Colorado native.

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