Since its inception in 1911, the rank of Eagle Scout has represented the pinnacle of Scouting, being awarded to a select few young men who have demonstrated the highest levels of leadership and commitment to duty. These young men are truly the "best of the best".
Achieving Eagle Scout is the highest advancement rank in Boy Scouting. In 2010, around five percent of all Boy Scouts earned the Eagle Scout rank.
Of any one hundred boys who become Scouts, thirty will drop out in their first year. Perhaps this could be regarded as a failure, but in later life, all of these boys will remember that they 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. Each of the one hundred will learn something from Scouting and 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.
Four of the one hundred will reach Eagle rank, and at least one will later say that he valued his Eagle above his college degree.
Only one in four boys in America will become Scouts, but it is interesting to know that of the leaders of this nation in business, religion and politics, three out of four were Scouts.
Scouting's alumni record is impressive. A recent nation-wide survey of high schools, revealed that:
- 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
For more information, visit www.scouting.org/About/FactSheets/EagleScouts.aspx.