Eagle Scout Facts

07 Jun 2012 09:16 | Anonymous member

The Boy Scouts of America® helps its 2.7 million youth members to be Prepared. For Life.™ The value of that preparation lives in the heart of every person involved in Scouting who has ever overcome one of life’s challenges, and it helps inspire a lifetime of character and service.


Nowhere is this better exemplified than in the rank of Eagle Scout, the highest attainable rank in Boy Scouting. Scouts must demonstrate proficiency in leadership, service, and outdoor skills at multiple levels before achieving the Eagle Scout rank; fewer than 4 percent of Boy Scouts earn the coveted rank. Over the past century, the hard-earned rank has become widely recognized both in and outside of Scouting as a mark of distinction.



The Eagle Scout badge was first given in 1912 to Arthur Eldred, a Scout from Brooklyn, New York. By 1982, more than 1 million young men had reached the rank, and the 2 millionth Eagle Scout was recognized in 2009. In 2011, the BSA welcomed more than 51,000 new Eagle Scouts. The organization has averaged more than 50,000 new Eagle Scouts per year over the past six years. 


  • 07 Jun 2012 09:18 | Anonymous member
    Notable Eagles
    Throughout the past century, Eagle Scouts have gone on to become Olympians, surgeons, civil rights leaders, Pulitzer Prize winners, and paragons of business. Some notable Eagle Scouts include:

    • Mike Rowe, television personality and host of the Discovery Channel’s “Dirty Jobs”
    • Shane Victorino, Major League Baseball all-star
    • Gerald Ford, former president of the United States
    • James Lovell, former astronaut and commander of Apollo 13
    • Robert Gates, former secretary of defense
    • William Gates Sr., co-chair of the Bill & Melinda Gates Foundation
    • Sam Walton, founder of Wal-Mart and Sam’s Club
    • Jon Heder, Napoleon Dynamite actor
    • Rex Tillerson, ExxonMobil CEO and current BSA president

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