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How the BSA Honored One of the Oldest Eagle Scouts

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Honoring Wallace at BSA’s National Annual Meeting (photo credit: 11 Alive News)

Dreaming of becoming a Boy Scout since age 3, Lamar Wallace is a 103-year-old Eagle Scout – one of the oldest Eagles in the world.  And on May 22, 2015, he was honored once again by the BSA at the Americanism Breakfast during the National Annual Meeting in Atlanta, Ga.

Just as Wallace’s name was announced at the breakfast, hundreds of Scouts and Scouting supporters erupted in roaring applause. The entire room stood to honor the Eagle Scout in recognition for his passion and longevity in the organization.

Wallace earned Scouting’s highest rank 88 years ago at the age of 15. And now, with more than a century of Scouting experience behind him, Wallace credits the lessons he learned as a Scout to some of his lifetime achievements. His desire to follow the Scout Law and Oath stuck with him through the years and motivated him to serve in Germany during World War II.

“What I could learn about saving lives,” explained Wallace, “I tried to use everything I got out of that [Scouting] and it’s held me in good stead.”

Achieving Eagle, serving in WWII and his lifelong passion for Scouting are just a few reasons Wallace is not only a “folk hero” in his hometown of Tyrone, Ga., but he’s also celebrated across the Scouting Nation.

“Anything I wanted to do, anything I had in my mind to do, I could do,” Wallace told Atlanta’s 11 Alive News.

And that’s just the kind of attitude Boy Scouts of America strives to teach its Scouts. Check out the video clip from Atlanta’s 11 Alive News below to learn more about this centenarian Eagle Scout and how Scouting has made a difference in his life.

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Hayley Cordaro

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Hayley Cordaro is a communications specialist at the Boy Scouts of America. She loves sharing inspiring success stories and uncovering new ways volunteers and employees can make the most of their Scouting experience. If you have story ideas or questions, reach out to us at communications@scouting.org.