Scoutmaster Minute

BSA On My Honor Logo

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%.

Yours in Scouting,

Todd Hammond, SM