The Scouts was founded in Great Britain by Lord Robert Baden-Powell in the early 1900s. In 1907, he published Scouting for Boys,
the first scouting manual. (His wife, Lady Olave Baden-Powell, later
founded the Girl Guides.) The Boy Scout motto was “Do a good turn
daily.” When William Boyce and his colleagues received a good turn from
an unknown scout, they decided to bring the Boy Scouts to America.
On February 9th, 1910, Chicago publisher William Dickson Boyce filed the official
paperwork to create the Boy Scouts. Both Cub Scouts and Boy Scouts have
taught millions (more than 109 million!) of boys skills and values.
The Boys Scouts of America continue to teach many of the same skills
and values they have for decades. However, they also strive to keep
current with today’s technology. Scouts can now learn to use GPS
devices, their uniforms have pockets for iPods and cell phones, and the
Boy Scout Handbook is available as an app on your iPhone.
What happens to a Scout? For every 100 boys who join Scouting, records indicate that:
- RARELY will one be brought before the juvenile court system
- 2 will become Eagle Scouts
- 17 will become future Scout volunteers
- 12 will have their first contact with a church
- 1 will enter the clergy
- 5 will earn their church award
- 18 will develop a hobby that will last through their adult life
- 8 will enter a vocation that was learned through the merit badge system
- 1 will use his Scouting skills to save his own life
- 1 will use his Scouting skills to save the life of another person
record is equally impressive. A recent nation- wide survey of high
schools revealed the following information:
- 85% of student council presidents were
- 89% of senior class presidents were
- 80% of junior class presidents were
- 75% of school publication editors were
- 71% of football captains were Scouts
Scouts also account for:
- 64% of Air Force Academy graduates
- 68% of West Point graduates
- 70% of Annapolis graduates
- 72% of Rhodes Scholars
- 85% of F.B.I. agents
- 26 of the first 29 astronauts
That's a pretty good return for your investment,
and speaks well of the scouting program.
• Only 5% of Boy Scouts earn the rank of Eagle Scout every year. The average age of an Eagle Scout in 1949 was 14.6 years old, in 2011 it was 17.1 years old.
• Of the 294 US astronauts, more than 180 had been Boy Scouts in their youth; 40 were Eagle Scouts.
• 11 of the 12 astronauts who walked on the moon were Scouts.
• In 2004, there were 3,145,331 boys in the program and 1,173,064 leaders.
• One third of West Point and Air Force Academy cadets were in Boy Scouts. 14% were Eagle Scouts.
• The badges most often earned are: First Aid, Swimming, Camping
, Cooking, and Citizenship in the Community.
• 40% of the members of the 111th Congress were in Scouts.
• In 2009, more than 2.8 million Boy Scouts participated in
community service projects. The 36.7 milion service hours the Scouts
provided, were valued at $764 million!
Famous Boys Scouts:
• Charles Lindbergh (awarded the Silver Buffalo Award for distinguished service to youth)
• Walt Disney (awarded the Silver Buffalo Award)
• Normal Rockwell (awarded the Silver Buffalo Award)
• Baseball legends Hank Aaron (Life Scout*, awarded the Silver Buffalo Award) and Nolan Ryan
• Olympic athletes Dan Jansen, Bruce Jenner, Mark Spitz
• Bob Hope (awarded the Silver Buffalo Award)
• Vince Lombardi (awarded the Silver Buffalo Award)
• Charles M. Schultz (awarded the Silver Buffalo Award)
• Astronauts Neil Armstrong (Eagle Scout, awarded the Silver Buffalo Award) and John Glenn
• Walter Cronkite, journalist (Eagle Scout)
• Mike Rowe, star of “Dirty Jobs” (Eagle Scout)
• Actors Jimmy Stewart, John Heder (Eagle Scout), Ashton Kutcher,
Richard Dean Anderson, Harrison Ford, Richard Gere, Henry Fonda, Jerry
Mathers, John Ritter, John Schneider
• Filmmakers Steven Spielberg (Eagle Scout) and Michael Moore (Eagle Scout)
• Recording Artists Jimmy Buffett, Branford Marsalis, Jim Morrison
• Bill Gates, founder of Microsoft
• Samuel Walton, founder of Wal-Mart (Eagle Scout)
• Presidents Theodore Roosevelt, Franklin D. Roosevelt, Dwight
Eisenhower, Lyndon B. Johnson, Gerald Ford (Eagle Scout), Jimmy Carter,
John F. Kennedy, George W. Bush, Bill Clinton, and Barack Obama