Why a Kind Stranger Replaced This Eagle Scout’s Cherished Treasure

Few Scouts can claim the Eagle Scout title, the highest rank in Scouting. Yet even fewer Eagles hold the limited edition Boy Scouts of America 100th anniversary coin given to Eagle Scouts in 2012. So when one Eagle Scout fell victim to a robbery – losing his treasured coin- a thoughtful stranger gifted him a replacement.

Eagle Scout Stephen K. has Asperger’s Syndrome, a condition his family says left him vulnerable to the incident. Gus Bean, a Heart of America Council employee, says his son also has Asperger’s Syndrome and wanted to help the Scout after he heard his story on the news.

Bean coordinated with Kansas City’s Fox 4 News to surprise Stephen with his own coin at a local Overland Park restaurant while having dinner with his family.

Upon meeting Bean and receiving the Scouting treasure, the teen embraced the stranger with a hug.

“I was kind of just in awe,” shared Stephen with Fox 4 News as he marveled at the coin. “It’s a really cool coin especially considering it’s the 100th anniversary. It has all of the colors and what not, 2012 to 1912.”

But to Gus, he’s just acting on the principles of the Scout Law – being helpful, friendly and kind to a Scout in need.

“That’s the whole purpose of Scouting is to give back to your community and help those less fortunate,” explained Bean.

Watch the video below to see the heartwarming exchange and then read the full story on Kansas City’s Fox 4 News


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Hayley Cordaro is a communications specialist at the Boy Scouts of America. She loves sharing inspiring success stories and uncovering new ways volunteers and employees can make the most of their Scouting experience. If you have story ideas or questions, reach out to us at