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Eagle Scout® Competition

The 2013 competition is now closed. The 2014 competition will open in September.

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Winners Announced!

  • Grand Prize: Sean McFeely – Orinda, California
  • Honorable Mention: Harith Kassar – Hillside, Illinois
  • Honorable Mention: Christopher Boia – Glen Burnie, Maryland


The 2013 competition questions are listed below.

Question 1:

James Madison, often referred to as the Father of the Constitution, said in Federalist 51 that:

“If men were angels, no government would be necessary. If angels were to govern men, neither external nor internal controls on government would be necessary. In framing a government which is to be administered by men over men, the great difficulty lies in this: you must first enable the government to control the governed; and in the next place, oblige it to control itself.”

Read the US Constitution and find 2 examples of “controls on government”. Explain why these specific controls are important and their relevance today.

Question 2:

Consider the following quote – “The First Amendment is dramatically inconvenient. It requires us to tolerate the very bad in order to protect the unpopular but good.” Do you agree or disagree? Defend your argument using examples.