Why Join Scouting?
Q: 12 Americans have walked on the Moon.
What do 11 of them have in common?
A: 11 out of 12 American "Moon-walkers"
were Boy Scouts!!!
Why Join Scouting? Here are few good reasons!
As you review the impressive "where-are-they-now" list of
former scouts, envision what scouting can do for your son.
Boy Scout Alumni are:
71% of football captains
65% of basketball captains
85% of student council presidents
88% of school newspaper editors
77% of editors of school annuals
75% of business managers of school publications
80% of junior class presidents
89% of senior class presidents
65% of college graduates
72% of Rhodes Scholars
75% of Military Academy graduates
65% of U.S. Congress
85% of airline pilots
85% of FBI agents
26 of the first 29 astronauts were Boy Scouts
11 of the 12 astronauts who walked on the moon were Boy Scouts
Over half of the 108 Scout astronauts attained Star, Life, or Eagle ranks
For every 100 young men who join the Boy Scouts:
12 will have their first contact with a church
5 will earn their religious emblem
2 will enter the clergy
1 will use Scout skills to save a life
1 will use Scout skills to save his own life
2 will become Eagle Scouts
18 will enter professions first learned through the Merit Badge system
17 will become Scouting volunteers and pass their skills, inspiration, and leadership along to
28 will develop hobbies started in Scouting that will give them lifelong interests
And . . . Only rarely will one appear in a criminal or juvenile court!
And yet, amazingly Scouting reaches only 25 percent of the youth in the country!
We mourn the loss of the brave crew of the Space Shuttle Columbia and ask that you keep their
families in your prayers. All four of the American men of the Space Shuttle Columbia were
involved in Scouting in their youth, with pilot William McCool achieving the rank of Eagle Scout.
Richard Husband earned the rank of 2nd Class. Michael Anderson was a Webelos Scout. David
Brown was a Life Scout as a youth. Laurel Salton Clark was a Girl Scout.
FAMOUS EAGLE SCOUTS
Bill Alexander - U.S. Representative from Arkansas
Gary L. Ackerman - U.S. Representative from NY
Neil Armstrong - astronaut, first man on moon, from Wapakoneta, OH
Henry Aaron - Baseball player, home run king - the Mobile Press Register quoted Henry as saying
that the greatest positive influence in his life was his involvement in scouting
Charles E. Bennett - U.S. Representative from Florida
William Bennett - Former Secretary of Education
Michael Bloomberg - Mayor of New York City, founder of Bloomberg News
Bill Bradley - Pro basketball star and U.S. Senator from NJ
James Brady - Former Press Secretary to President Reagan
Milton A. Caniff - Comic strip artist "Steve Canyon"
Barber B. Conable - President, World Bank
John W. Creighton, Jr. - President & CEO of Weyerhaeuser Company
William E. Dannemeyer - U.S. Representative from Cal.
William Devries - M.D., transplanted first artificial heart
Michael Dukakis - Former governor of Massachusetts
Arthur Eldred - First Eagle Scout
David Farabee - Texas State Representative
Gerald Ford - U.S. President (1st Eagle to be President)
Steven Fossett - Tried several times to fly solo around the world in a hot air balloon and finally did
it in 2002, won the Chicago to Mackinaw boat races, competed in the Iditarod dog race, and
competed in several iron man triathelons, and among other things lives the Scouting mottos both
Cub and Boy Scout by doing his best and being prepared
Steven W. Lindsey - Astronaut - He was the pilot for STS-95 when John Glen returned to space as
a Senator. He made eagle in troop 161 in Temple City, California.
Gary Locke, Governor of the State of Washington, the first Chinese-American Governor in the
contiguous United States, and selected as a Distinguished Eagle Scout by NESA
James Lovell - Navy pilot and astronaut, President of National Eagle Scout Association. Flew on
Gemini 7, 12 & Apollo 8, 13 At one time had seen more lunar sunrises than any other human
Richard Lugar - Senator from Indiana (presidential candidate 1996)
J. Willard Marriott, Jr. - President, Marriott Corp.
CDR William McCool, USN - Astronaut, Pilot of U.S. Space Shuttle Columbia.
Sam Nunn - U.S. Senator from Georgia
Ellison Onizuka - Astronaut aboard the U.S. Space Shuttle Challenger
H. Ross Perot - Self-made billionaire and presidential candidate
Rick Perry - Governor, State of Texas
J. J. Pickle - U.S. Representative from Texas, proudly displays his Eagle plaque inside his office
Samuel R. Pierce - Former Sec. Housing & Urban Development
Donald Rumsfeld - Secretary of Defense
Harrison Salisbury - Pulitzer Prize winning author
Jeff Sessions - Junior Senator from Alabama is an Eagle Scout from the troop in Camden, AL.
William Sessions - Former FBI director
Sam Skinner - Secretary of Energy during the Bush administration and now CEO of
Steven Spielberg - Movie producer, from Scottsdale, AZ, made a movie of his troop while getting
Photography MB. Helped to design requirements for the cinematography MB.
Wallace Stegner - Writer and college professor, won Pulitzer Prize in 1972 for "Angle of Repose"
Percy Sutton - Attorney, Chairman of the Board of City Broadcasting Corp.
John Tesh - TV celebrity and pianist
Sam Walton - Founder, Wal-Mart
Only 1.2 million boys have reached Eagle in over 80 years (15,000 a year, roughly). Only 2 in 100
that joins Scouts make Eagle--that's 0.512% of the male population.
FAMOUS SCOUTS, but not Eagles
Richard Dean Anderson - taught Reptile Study, actor
Charles F. Barber - CEO of American Smelting & refining
George W. Bush - Cub Scout, President of the United States
Bill Clinton - Cub Scout, President of the United States
Harrison Ford - Life, taught Reptile Study, actor "Indiana Jones"
Bill Gates - Life, founder of Microsoft Corp.
Richard Gere - Actor
David Hartman - TV personality
John F Kennedy - First US President who was a Scout
Branford Marsalis - Life Scout, Jazz musician
Paul McCartney - Rock N Roll, Beatles (UK)
Jim Morrison - Rock N Roll
Merlin Olson - Pro football player and sportscaster
Eddie Rabbitt - Country & Western singer
John Ritter - actor, son of singer Tex Ritter
Richard Roundtree - actor
Nolan Ryan - pro baseball pitcher
Alberto Salazar - Life, 3 time winner NY marathon
John Schneider - Actor, Dukes of Hazard
James Stewart - actor, USAF B. General, B-17 pilot in WWII
Joe Theisman - Life, former QB, Washington Redskins