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Eagle Scout Corner

Close up of an Eagle Scout pendant on a Scout's uniformSoaring with Eagles

What do astronauts James Lovell, Buzz Aldrin, Neil Armstrong; Olympic athlete Willie Banks; professional football player Jim Hill; director and producer Steven Spielberg; former President Gerald Ford; and TV anchor Walter Cronkite have in common? That's right, all of them were Eagle Scouts!

Only 5 percent of all Boy Scouts become Eagle Scouts. In order to do so, a Scout must earn 21 out of a possible 120 merit badges. Of this group, 12 are required. In addition to being in good company, Eagle Scouts are actively sought by colleges and businesses, and have access to a variety of local and national college scholarships through the Boy Scouts organization.

One hundred years after Arthur Eldred of New York earned this nation's first Eagle Scout Award, new, independent research demonstrates the significant, positive impact Eagle Scouts have on society every day.  Since it was first awarded in 1912, more than 2 million young men have achieved the Boy Scouts of America's highest rank. The study conducted by Baylor University, Merit Beyond the Badges, found that Eagle Scouts are more likely than men who have never been in Scouting to:

  • Have higher levels of planning and preparation skills, be goal-oriented, and network with others
  • Be in a leadership position at their place of employment or local community
  • Report having closer relationships with family and friends
  • Volunteer for religious and nonreligious organizations
  • Donate money to charitable groups
  • Work with others to improve their neighborhoods

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The National Eagle Scout Association (NESA) is reaching out to all Eagle Scouts for the Roll of Honor book. If you have not updated your information with NESA, please contact them at http://nesa.org to update your information.