From the Chairman

Thanks for stopping by the From the Chairman page!  The information on this page will be updated on an as needed basis.  For current topics and articles, please read the Scouting section of the monthly Department of Florida Legion Link.  You can find those here:

The Scouting Resource link (  will provide you with award information and applications, FAQs, Post and District Scouting Chair position descriptions and other important information.

The Department of Florida Scouting Commission oversees recognition of Scouts and Scouters associated with our posts’ Boy Scouts of America units throughout the year.

  • Eagle Scout of the Year applications need to be turned in no later than March 1st of each year. Our First, Second, and Third Place Eagle Scouts will be recognized at the Annual Convention in June.
  • American Legion & Scouting Square Knot Award can be submitted anytime. That criteria can be found at the Scouting Resource link.
  • Outstanding Post Scouting Program applications are due by May 8, 2024, and cover a period of May 1, 2023 – April 30, 2024. Up to three Department of Florida posts are recognized each year for their support to the Boy Scouts of America.
  • Department Commander-signed Good Citizenship Certificates for our Eagle Scouts should be requested at least two weeks before the ceremony.

I also respectfully request your support in recognizing the fantastic relationships that our Legion Post-chartered and sponsored Boy Scouts of American units have with each other and our local communities.

To do that, I’d appreciation articles and pictures from your Post Scouting Chairs, Chartered Organization Representatives, and District Scouting Chairs that detail and depict that positive relationship and tell a meaningful story for inclusion in the Department of Florida Legion Link. Email them directly to me at in Microsoft Word document format by the 10th of each month (except June).

In the same format and fashion, forward articles and/or pictures that will be used for Florida’s application for the Frank N. Belgrano Jr. trophy which is awarded annually to the American Legion Department with the most active Scouting program.  I need that information July 15th.

Yours in Scouting and For God and Country…Chris Ragusa, Scouting Commission Chair, The American Legion Department of Florida

Chris Ragusa
Scouting Chair