From a press release; “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 Badge, 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
“Our study measured if achieving the rank of Eagle provides an advantage and benefits throughout a Scout’s life,” said Dr. Byron Johnson, lead researcher, Baylor University. “We found that the effort and commitment required to earn this rank produces positive attributes that benefit not only these men in their personal and professional lives, but also benefits their communities and the country through the service and leadership they provide.”
The full study – “Merit Beyond the Badge” – can be downloaded at www.baylorisr.org OR from http://scoutingmagazine.files.wordpress.com/2012/04/210-045_wb.pdf
Excerpted from another press release; “The Eagle Scout badge has become widely recognized as a mark of distinction both within and outside of Scouting. Once earned, it is worn for life.
“[To achieve this rank], Scouts must demonstrate their understanding of leadership, service, character, personal fitness and outdoor skills at multiple levels. In addition to the 21 life skills merit badges required to earn the Eagle Scout rank, each Scout must complete an extensive self-directed service project. The Scout must plan, organize, lead and manage the entire service effort prior to his 18th birthday.
“The average number of hours spent on Eagle Scout projects is 130. In 2011, more than 51,000 young men earned the Eagle Scout Award, which means Eagle Scout service projects alone represented almost 6.7 million hours of community service.
“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:
- 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
- Jon Heder, Napoleon Dynamite actor
- Mike Rowe, television personality and host of the Discovery Channel’s “Dirty Jobs”
- Rex Tillerson, ExxonMobil CEO and current BSA president
- Shane Victorino, Major League Baseball all-star
- Sam Walton, founder of Wal-Mart and Sam’s Club