Epsilon Tau Pi (ΕΤΠ) was founded in 1999 at the University of Dayton in Dayton, Ohio.[1] The fraternity was formed as a collegiate honor society for Eagle Scouts at universities and colleges in the United States.

Epsilon Tau Pi
Epsilon Tau Pi Color Crest
FoundedApril 28, 1999; 20 years ago (1999-04-28)
University of Dayton
Motto"May Eagles Forever Soar"
Colors     White      Red      Blue      Black
SymbolThe Bald eagle
Chapters16 locations; 13 active chapters, 3 colonies
FoundersMichael Hammes &
Michael A. Mahon
HeadquartersEpsilon Tau Pi Fraternity, Inc.
P.O. Box 282

Dayton, Ohio 45409


The fraternity was initially founded by Michael Hammes and Michael A. Mahon, who joined with six other students at the University of Dayton to become the founding members of the Alpha chapter. This group of eight formally commenced operation of the Alpha chapter on April 28, 1999; This date is celebrated by the fraternity as Founder's Day.[2]

In 2001, the Alpha chapter authorized the formation of a 5-member national executive board. The board serves to support and bolster the expansion of the fraternity, as well as to support existing collegiate chapters.

National executive boardEdit

The chairman of the national executive board (NEB) is elected by all members of the fraternity at convocation and serves as the chairman and chief executive officer of the fraternity. The position was established in 2003, approximately two years after the formation of the board.

Past chairmen
Start Date End Date Name chapter (Class)
April 2003 April 2005 Michael Hammes Alpha chapter (Founding Class)
April 2005 April 2007 William Stees Alpha chapter (Delta Class)
April 2007 April 2009 John Meyer Jr. Alpha chapter (Founding Class)
April 2009 April 2011 Benjamin White Alpha chapter (Delta Class)
April 2011 April 2019 Dr. Michael Brazeau Alpha chapter (Lambda Class)
April 2019 Present Jacob Linder Beta chapter (Alpha Class)

Other elected positions on the NEB include vice-chairman, secretary, North Atlantic regional director, South Atlantic regional director, Midwest regional director, and North Central regional director. Appointed positions on the NEB include national fraternity education officer (FEO), financial director, marketing director, and IT director.

In 2003, the fraternity began to hold biennial convocations, where alumni and collegiate members alike could meet and conduct fraternity business. Officers and alumni delegates to the national executive board are elected at convocation.


The fraternity was formed with several goals in mind. Foremost, the fraternity dedicated itself to upholding the high ideals of the Eagle rank. The fraternity enables its members to participate in and promote service to others, to Scouting, the community, their university, and the fraternity itself. Members of the fraternity must maintain strict academic standards, in addition to participation in individual, group, and chapter-wide service projects.

Epsilon Tau Pi was formed for five different purposes.

  1. To create a brotherhood of Eagle Scouts.
  2. To serve Scouting and the community.
  3. To uphold the principles of Scouting.
  4. To promote the achievement of the rank of Eagle Scout.
  5. To provide an example to all students of loyalty to the Alma Mater.[3]


Merit Badge CollegeEdit

One of the more prominent activities of the fraternity is the Merit Badge College (MBC). The MBC is an event hosted by chapters and Colonies of Epsilon Tau Pi, and offers scouts the opportunity to earn merit badges not otherwise offered outside of summer camps. Badges such as Chemistry and Programming have the added advantage of college-level facilities, to which scouts would not otherwise have access.

Alpha chapterEdit

The MBC at Alpha is an annual event held at the University of Dayton. The program is held in three Saturday morning sessions, and scouts may complete up to three merit badges during the course of the event. In 2008, over 400 scouts attended the event.[4]

Beta chapterEdit

The MBC at Beta is an annual event held at The Ohio State University.

Iota chapterEdit

The MBC at Iota is an annual event held at Robert Morris University. The program is held in two Saturday morning sessions, and scouts may complete up to four merit badges during the course of the event.[5] In 2016, over 200 scouts attended the event.

Other serviceEdit

Other types of service includes service projects such as improving parks.[6]

Chapters and coloniesEdit

The fraternity consists of seven chapters, two active colonies, and four pending colonies (progressing towards full colonization). Three additional colonies have gone inactive for lack of membership and/or activity – these are indicated below.

Designation Type University Date Colonized Date Chartered Status
Alpha chapter University of Dayton April 28, 1999 April 28, 1999 Active
Beta chapter The Ohio State University September 9, 2015[n 1] November 29, 2016 Active
Gamma chapter Western Carolina University April 23, 2005 March 27, 2007 Active
Delta colony Indiana State University December 11, 2005 N/A Inactive
Epsilon colony California University of Pennsylvania June 4, 2007 N/A Inactive
Zeta chapter West Virginia University October 6, 2008 May 20, 2012 Active
Eta chapter Appalachian State University November 9, 2009 April 16, 2011 Active
Theta chapter Georgia Southern University November 16, 2010 April 17, 2014 Active
Iota chapter Robert Morris University September 18, 2012 August 28, 2014 Active
Kappa colony Augustana College December 20, 2012 N/A Inactive
Lambda colony Missouri Western State University January 30, 2015 N/A Inactive
Mu chapter East Carolina University September 26, 2017 April 6, 2019 Active
Nu colony Northwest Missouri State University November 13, 2017 N/A Active
Xi colony Kansas State University February 5, 2018 N/A Active
Omicron colony University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill March 3, 2018 N/A Active
Pi colony University of South Carolina March 7, 2018 N/A Active
Rho colony University of Cincinnati September 16, 2018 N/A Active
Sigma colony Miami University February 18, 2019 N/A Active
Tau colony North Carolina State University September 17, 2019 N/A Active
  1. ^ Beta chapter was originally colonized in 2002, but went inactive in 2003.

External linksEdit


  1. ^ "Eagle Scouts working to create fraternity at OSU". The Lantern (Ohio State University). 2003-05-19. Retrieved 2016-07-03.
  2. ^ Benjamin Kline (2000-02-05). "Eagle Scouts Gather at UD". Dayton Daily News. p. 2B.
  3. ^ "Epsilon Tau Pi – General Regulations" (PDF). Epsilon Tau Pi. Retrieved July 3, 2016.
  4. ^ Matt Beargie (2008-03-07). "Boy Scouts visit UD for annual classes". Flyer News (University of Dayton). Archived from the original on 2011-07-11. Retrieved 2008-05-13.
  5. ^ "Merit Badge College @ RMU :: February 20 & April 9, 2016". meritbadge.rmu.edu. Retrieved 2016-07-03.
  6. ^ "UD students contribute service". Xenia Gazette. July 3, 2015.