Unsung heroes no more: Watch Eagle Scout moms get their due

Aren’t Scout moms the greatest? Every den meeting led, patch sewed, ride provided, skinned knee doctored, smelly shirt washed, campout attended and advice dished out reinforces the point that Scouting wouldn’t exist without them.

And few of the boys who make it to the Eagle Scout rank do so without a mom or motherly figure in their lives. I know I never would’ve earned Eagle without mine.

So isn’t it time we gave Eagle Scout moms a proper thanks?

That’s what the creators of the LDS church’s “A Century of Honor” celebration in Salt Lake City must have thought when they wrote “Ma, You Earned Your Eagle,” a song that celebrates the “ever-faithful mom.”

As the name implies, the song acknowledges that although the young man wears the badge and medal, his mother’s Eagle Scout journey deserves its own celebration.

Follow the jump to watch the comical-but-touching performance and find the song’s lyrics.

“Ma, You Earned Your Eagle” lyrics

Hey Mama, I can still recall

That day you came back from the mall

And showed me that brown shirt all fresh and new.

You told me I would soon become

An Eagle Scout, your only son;

I didn’t know that you would be one too!


Ma, you earned your Eagle,

No one can disagree.

Ma, you earned your Eagle,

But they gave the badge to me.

When I became a young Boy Scout

I wondered, “What’s it all all about?”

But you made sure I knew the things to do.

You told me I should be prepared.

I didn’t tell you I was scared,

‘Cause the only one who was prepared was you.


Ma, you earned your Eagle,

No one can disagree.

Ma, you earned your Eagle,

But they gave the badge to me.

We’ve hiked and cooked, and made a mess.

Do you feel tired? Well, more or less,

But never once have I heard you complain.

Even when I blew the kitchen up,

Or tried to sing, or launched the pup,

My ever-faithful mom you still remain.

Well, once I build a fire out back.

‘Bout gave you a heart attack,

But I assured “It’s all under control.”

But then you heard the sirens roar

And came back running out the door

To see that we forgot “stop, drop, and roll.”


Ma, you earned your Eagle,

No one can disagree.

Ma, you earned your Eagle,

But they gave the badge to me.

So now you know about a lot of things

You never knew before,

Like geode rocks and stinky socks

And boys who eat, then eat some more–Yum!

You’ve crammed all twelve of us in your van,

With tents, and packs, and cans of Spam

And headed for the hills out on a drive,

But packed in there with smelly boys,

And traffic jams, and lots of noise,

You’re only glad you made it out alive.

Ma, you earned your Eagle

No one can disagree.

Ma, you earned your Eagle,

And I wanna say thanks,

But I don’t know how.

So I wrote this song just to tell you now:

I’m glad we earned our Eagle,


You just earned your Eagle!

H/T to Bill Steele for the idea and to Sean Mobley for posting the video online

15 thoughts on “Unsung heroes no more: Watch Eagle Scout moms get their due

  1. Most people know that only 2% of the boys who join scouting earn their Eagle, but what they don’t know that of those boys who make it only 2% don’t have loving parents to guide and help them along. Thanks to all the moms out there and a special thanks to MY mom.

  2. We honor the Mom with the “Legend of the Rose”. I am not sure of it’s origin but I do not believe our troop invented it. Enjoy!

    Throughout Scouting’s history, the rose has been associated with the presentation of the Eagle. The path of a boy from Scout to Eagle is long and often times hard. He does not travel the “Trail to Eagle” alone. Many people have been involved with him in this process.

    There is one person in particular that is honored in addition to the Eagle Scout, that person is his mother.From that first overnight campout to the pinning of his Eagle, she has shared the adventures of Scouting with her son in a special way.

    With her guidance and encouragement, she has helped her son achieve a goal many fail to reach. She has watched her son mature from a young boy to a young man with a purpose to his life.

    She has been there to share his excitement of camping and hiking with his brother Scouts. She has washed load after load of dirty clothes brought home from camping trips. Most important of all, she has been there for her son when the going got tough and spirits low, as only a mother can. Her love has been an important ingredient in her son’s achievement.

    We honor her today with the presentation of seven red roses, each rose a symbol of rank in the seven ranks of Scouting.

    • I was in the Eagle Scout choir that you saw at the end of the recording. That song was added to the program at the last minute. We had less than a week to learn/practice/memorize/choreograph the song ready for performance. When we first heard about the new song, there was NO written music. We learned the words and notes as a group just be hearing it and singing along. The outline had just been written that day, and words were not even finalized yet. The ‘score’ that was eventually made available to us didn’t have any notes. It was just lyrics and timing. The best ‘copy’ you are likely to find is the lyrics written out, as Bryan has done for you above, and a download of the video.

  3. How about we honor ALL Eagle Scout parents and not just mothers. Fathers can provide just as much support along the way as mothers do. My mother passed away when I was 9. My dad was always the involved one in Scouting with me during Cub Scouts and supported me along the way as I journeyed through the ranks of Boy Scouts. I learned a lot about life and life skills from my father. So here’s to you Dad for supporting me along they way. I thanked you on that day over 20 years ago when I received my Eagle Scout award and I thank you now as I pass on what I learned from you to my sons.

  4. My mother got her due in 1949. My brother an I were both Awarded EAGLE in 1949, and earned our way to the 1950 National Jamboree. She was a active Unit and District scouter, unofficially back then, but significantly involved. We had an ‘Absent Father’. CHARACTER COUNTS! CMB, NESA Life Member & 60 Year BSA Veteran Scouter.

  5. Although my parents supported me and my siblings in the Scouting program in the Philippines, it was my American Scoutaster Steve White who adopted me and “mothered” me into becoming a BSA Eagle Scout, his last. His legacy will live on in all of his Eagles he mothered!

  6. What about Single Dad’s? Yes, my Mom was a big influence on me getting to Eagle. She was my Den Mom, and my Dad was my Assistant Scoutmaster. My Star Scout son, who is well on his way to Eagle has only had me. I’ve been his Tiger Cub Leader, Wolf Cub Leader, Cubmaster, Assistant Scoutmaster, and now Committee Chairperson. So, Please, don’t forget the Single Dads!

  7. I love this. My son just had his eagle ceremony on 1/18/14. I wish I had seen this the group at the ceremony would have gotten a real laugh. I well definitely share with other parents that their sons are soon be become eagle. Thank you!

  8. My sons all went from Tiger to Eagle. I encouraged, nudged, supported, and sometimes argued with them along the way. However, I did not earn an Eagle. They earned it through their own hard work, just as they earned their grades in school. As a leader who believes that boys learn best by doing, I allowed them to do that, through failure and success. I know this song meant well, but it left out dads, and grates on those of use who work through the ideals of scouting and boy led troops to help these young men earn their ranks themselves.

  9. My son just earned his life and is actively planning his Eagle Project. I am the outdoor coordinator for his troop and only missed one camp out in 2 years. Winter survival this past January in McCall Idaho was the most fun of all the camp outs. I learned a lot over the years about myself and my son. I am proud to say I am a Scout mom and this song brought tears to a usually unemotional mother! Thank you for sharing this!

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