Some of our earliest ties to the community involve youth groups and perhaps none are stronger or more lasting than the relationship between the VFW and America's scouting organizations. In fact, our partnership with the Boy Scouts of America dates back to 1915 when VFW Post 2100 helped to establish Troop 1 in Everett, Washington.

Annually, the Veterans of Foreign Wars of the United States awards three individuals who are Eagle Scouts, Girl Scout Gold Award recipients, Venture Summit Award recipients and/or Sea Scout Quartermasters who have risen above their peers in exemplifying the qualities of that rank.  Our Scout of the Year program provides members of all scouting programs who display outstanding citizenship, patriotism, and love of country with an opportunity to be rewarded with National Scholarships of up to $5,000.  

Scouts who are registered, active members of a Boy or Girl Scout Troop, Venturing Crew, or a Sea Scout Ship who have received the Eagle Scout Award, Girl Scout Gold Award, Venture Summit Award or Sea Scout Quartermaster Award.

There is no minimum age requirement for applicants as long as all other eligibility criteria has been met.

The maximum age requirement for applicants is 18 years old and if an applicant reaches their 18th birthday during the nomination year they remain eligible as long as they are still in high school at the time of the submission deadline.

Scouts should download and submit a completed Scout of the Year entry form, photograph, resume of high school activities, scouting record, community service record and letters of recommendation to VFW Post 5844 no later than March 1.
Contact Mike Camden (816) 616-5771 to submit your entry to VFW Post 5844.

Note: A Scout can enter through ONE VFW Post only.

VFW Post 5844 will submit their winning candidates with full entry criteria to the Department of Missouri VFW by April 1. From there, the Department selects a winner and forwards the entry to the VFW National Headquarters by May 1 for national-level judging.