Scouting's Bottom Line



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


Scouting's alumni record is equally impressive. A recent nation- wide survey of high schools revealed the following information:


  • 85% of student council presidents were Scouts 

  • 89% of senior class presidents were Scouts 

  • 80% of junior class presidents were Scouts 

  • 75% of school publication editors were Scouts 

  • 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 


Note: Since this was written the percentage of Eagle Scouts has climbed to nearly 4%. The Eagle Scout Service in 1997 announced that the figure was 3.89%.


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