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What is an Eagle Scout?

In 2013, 56,841 Scouts earned the Eagle Scout rank. From 1912 to 2013, 2.3 million Boy Scouts earned the Eagle Scout rank. Around 7 percent of all Boy Scouts earned the Eagle Scout rank in 2013.

Eagle Scout is the highest achievement or rank attainable in the Boy Scouting program of the Boy Scouts of America (BSA). The designation "Eagle Scout" has a long history since its founding over one hundred years ago. Only a small percentage of Boy Scouts are granted this rank after a lengthy review process. The requirements necessary to achieve this rank take years to fulfill.

Requirements include earning at least 21 merit badges. The Eagle Scout must demonstrate Scout Spirit, an ideal attitude based upon the Scout Oath and Law, service, and leadership. This includes an extensive service project that the Scout plans, organizes, leads, and manages. Eagle Scouts are presented with a medal and a badge that visibly recognizes the accomplishments of the Scout. Additional recognition can be earned through Eagle Palms, awarded for completing additional tenure, leadership, and merit badge requirements.

Eagle Honor Role

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Famous Eagle Scouts

  • Neil Armstrong, first man on the moon
  • Stephen G. Breyer, associate justice, United States Supreme Court
  • Steve Fossett, world record holder, first person to circumnavigate Earth solo in a hot air balloon
  • Bill Gates, Sr., CEO of Bill and Melinda Gates Foundation, father of Microsoft founder Bill Gates
  • James A. Lovell, Jr., retired U.S. Navy officer, former astronaut
  • The Honorable Richard G. Lugar, United States senator, Indiana
  • J. Willard Marriott Jr., chairman and CEO, Marriott International
  • H. Ross Perot, founder of Perot Systems Corp., former presidential candidate
  • Mike Rowe, host of "Dirty Jobs" on the Discovery Channel
  • William S. Sessions, former federal judge, former director of the FBI
  • Steven Spielberg, Academy Award-winning film director
  • John Tesh, recording artist and performer
  • Togo D. West Jr., former U.S. Secretary of Veterans Affairs
  • Dr. Robert M. Gates, former U.S. Secretary of Defense and the BSA's 35th National President

Merit Beyond the Badge

One hundred years after Arthur Eldred of New York earned the first Eagle Scout Award, researchers with Baylor University's Institute for Studies of Religion (ISR) and Program on Prosocial Behavior released findings from a nationwide, scientific survey that demonstrates the significant, positive impact Eagle Scouts have on society ‐ from holding leadership positions in their workplaces and neighborhoods to voting and volunteering, and from protecting the environment to being prepared for emergencies.

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