Lawrence Eiden, a graduate of Pioneer High School in Ann Arbor, was recently awarded The American Legion Eagle Scout of the Year in Michigan. Eiden began his Scouting career in 2005 as a Cub Scout at the age of 6. He continued as a Cub Scout for four years, a Boy Scout for eight years, and was also part of a Venturing Crew for 2 of those years. He became an Eagle Scout in 2014. His numerous badges and awards include the prestigious Order of the Arrow and the National Medal for Outdoor Achievement, something less than 300 Scouts have earned in the history of Scouting. Eiden, 18, was a member of Boys Scout Troop 27 in Ann Arbor. As part of the award, he received a $1,000 educational scholarship.
Eiden’s Eagle Scout Project benefited homeless veterans in the Ann Arbor, Detroit and Toledo areas by producing and distributing emergency winter survival packages through the U.S. Department of Veterans Affairs in Ann Arbor. He met with veterans from several American Legion and VFW posts while organizing and funding his project. In addition to his Eagle Scout Project Eiden developed and managed a trail maintenance and conservation project for the Potawatomi Trail, and led a conservation project to survey the population of honey bees in Eberwhite Park.
The American Legion’s support for Boy Scouts of America began at the Legion’s first national convention in 1919. A century later, there are more than 2,500 American Legion posts nationwide that sponsor Scout units. In Michigan, there are 70 Scout units sponsored by American Legion posts that serve nearly 2,000 youths between the ages of six and 18.
The American Legion, Department of Michigan awards nearly $10,000 in scholarships annually to Michigan youth through programs such as Scouting, Boys State, Girls State, Oratorical Contest, Legion Baseball, and various other scholarship opportunities. These students are also eligible for scholarships up to $20,000 each at the national level with The American Legion.
About The American Legion
The American Legion is the largest wartime veterans service organization with nearly 2 million members in 12,875 posts in communities across America. Chartered by Congress in 1919, The American Legion is committed to mentoring youth and sponsoring wholesome programs in our communities, advocating patriotism and honor, promoting a strong national security, and continued devotion to our fellow servicemembers and veterans.