I have to think that somewhere along the line this scout received some bad information or very bad advice from some adults in his troop. I suspect the fact that the local council supported his appeal shows some indication of that. Unless no one was paying attention, he should have been well aware of the Life scout due date and that having missed that there was little or no chance of getting it waived to become Eagle.
But as I tell every scout, and especially every parent, becoming an Eagle scout is a nice accomplishment, but not becoming an Eagle scout is not a sign of lack of accomplishment.
ETA, he looks sharp in the uniform, everything where it should be.
The purpose of goals is to provide an encouragement, a shove to learn and achieve and do.
Back in my Scout days, I joined a Troop that went places and hiked and camped and did Scout things. The older Scouts (all boys back then, of course) did the planning and dreaming of going places they had heard of or took the suggestions of the adult leaders, who had "been there and done that" themselves to look at the calendar and meet together to decide things. We had parents and grandparents who would take the time to drive us places, sometimes LEAVE us there (!) to come back in few hours or a day or two (!!).
We seemed happy to go along, and we earned rank I guess automatically, as we cooked over fires and played with map and compass, getting lost and then "found".
Then a young boy joined, whose dad was career Navy, an officer. This dad came to meetings in dress whites. The Scout announced (announced!) that he would be Eagle in so many years. He had done the math (so many months in each rank). WELL....
Us older Scouts ( I counted myself such by then) realized that might make him the first Eagle in the Troop! We decided we couldn't let that happen, nice as he was. So we got together and worked together. Merit Badges. Time in Leadership. I became my Troop's first Eagle, my buddy Don the second, our young challenger was third, late (by his original schedule) about a year. Calendars are important.
I have to strongly disagree with this assessment RS. He broke no rules and missed no deadlines. You imply he did something wrong or did something late that he committed to doing sooner. But neither of those are the case. Sounds to me like he conducted a good service project for his community and achieved a notable rank in scouting.
He then apparently followed all the rules in appealing the decision, and in fact the local Council supported his appeal. And in the end he seems to have accepted the final decision with maturity and magnanimity.
Isn't there an approval process before you start? I would the troop or district would say something.
At the end of the story her proves he a true scout by saying "I accept the National Council's decision. No regrets"
Being an Eagle is more than checking off requirements on a form.
Good judgment and self initiative are vital qualities for achieving anything in life. Many scouts learn early on that a parent or scouter will nag, remind, scold, push, and if necessary, drag them across any goal line. This ultimately hurts the scout, because they'll have to learn some hard lessons at age 18 that they should have gained at 12/13.
Too many scouts, of all ranks, have figured out that scouting is adult-directed. They just float along.