You are proud of your Eagle Class Badge. It stands for your Scouting
adventure, the skills you have acquired, the service you are prepared
to give to others.
One in One Hundred earn The Eagle Scout Rank
To the people who see your badge it means that you are someone to be
You are older and probably wiser than when you where a Tenderfoot,
and you realize how much more there is still for you to learn,
and that the more you learn the more you get out of Scouting and out
Maybe you once thought as you started up the Scout Trail that you could
never hope to reach the Rank of Eagle. But you are now standing on the
top of the mountain.
The requirements for the higher ranks state that idea very directly.
Star, Life, and Eagle ranks are not recognition for Merit Badges alone.
Merit Badges are only one-fourth of the requirements. These ranks are
given in recognition of three other achievements - practice of Scouting
principles, active service, and leadership effort. These are sometimes
call the Scouting Spirit!
The judgement of people who know you well is required as evidence that
you are trying to live up to the Scout Oath and Law as you promised
when you became a Tenderfoot.
Your attitude shows what Scouting has meant to you.
You are judged from your actions.
And one can only estimate the influence of Scouting upon you.
Your leadership ability...
You were modest,
keep your sense of humor,
and remember some of your own troubles when you were new in the Troop.
The Eagle Board of Review did not re-examine you, but questioned you
on what you have accomplished.
It has been said that out of every one hundred Scouts, only one makes
Of any one hundred boys who become Scouts, it must be confessed that
thirty will drop out in their first year. Perhaps this may be regarded
as a failure, but in later life all of these will remember that had
been Scouts and will speak well of the program.
Of the one hundred, only rarely will one ever appear before a juvenile
court judge. Twelve of the one hundred will be from families that
belong to no church. Through Scouting, these twelve and many of their
families will be brought into contact with a church and will continue
to be active all their lives. Six of the one hundred will become
Each of the one hundred will learn something from Scouting. Almost all
will develop hobbies that will add interest throughout the rest of
their lives. Approximately one-half will serve in the military, and in
varying degrees profit from their Scout training. At least one will
use it to save another person's life and many will credit it with
saving their own.
one of the one hundred will reach Eagle rank, and at least 25 percent
of the Eagles will later say that he valued their Eagle above their
college degree. Many will find their future vocation through merit
badge work and Scouting contacts. Seventeen of the one hundred boys
will later become Scout leaders and will give leadership to thousands
of additional boys.
Only one in four boys in America will become Scouts, but it is
interesting to know that of the leaders in this nation in business,
religion and politics, three out of four were Scouts.
This story will never end. Like the "Golden Pebble" of service dropped
into the human sea it will continue to radiate in ever-widening
circles, influencing the characters of men down through unending time.
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