The Boy Scouts of America honored 636 Colorado scouts Friday evening for reaching the highest rank in the organization, Eagle Scout.

The Eagles were honored at the eighth annual Eagle Scout Recognition Banquet in Denver. The banquet also honored local centenarian Donald Seawell, founder of the Denver Center for the Performing Arts.

Seawell became an Eagle nearly 84 years ago. He is among the more than 2 million Scouts from 1911 to 2013 who have reached the notable rank.

The banquet honored the new Eagles for collectively volunteering for more than 109,000 hours and providing more than $2 million in value to communities throughout the state with their service projects, according to a news release from the organization.

In addition to completing service projects, Scouts must earn 21 merit badges, serve six months in a leadership position, attend a Scoutmaster conference and be reviewed before they can become an Eagle Scout, according to the Boy Scouts' website.

"Becoming an Eagle Scout is monumental for a young man. It becomes a key differentiator in his life," said John Cabeza, chief executive of the Boy Scouts of America Denver Area Council.

Adrian Garcia: 303-954-1729, agarcia@denverpost.com, twitter: @ adriandgarcia



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