At least in popular culture, Boy Scouting has little in common with college fraternities and sororities. The characters in Animal House and Neighbors 2: Sorority Rising certainly don’t seem like the kind of people you’d single out for praise in a Scoutmaster’s minute!
But there’s one fraternity whose values align perfectly with those of Scouting: Alpha Phi Omega.That’s because the group was founded in 1925 to “assemble college men in the fellowship of the Scout Oath and Law, to develop friendship, and to promote service to humanity.” APO membership is no longer limited to former Scouts, or even male students, but the service group still has close ties to Scouting, especially at the local level. Many of the 360 chapters host merit badge fairs, run district pinewood derbies, or even sponsor Cub Scout packs.
Given that background, a certificate from APO makes a nice recognition item for any new Eagle Scout. You can request such a certificate at http://www.apo.org/aboutus/ourpartners/scoutingcertificates. The process is quick and simple, but note that you do need to allow up to three weeks for processing.
Who knows? Perhaps the certificate will help your new Eagle Scout find a place to continue to serve after he leaves Scouting for college.