Boy Scouts Fun Facts

Posted by admin on February 8 in Today in History |

February 8th is the anniversary of the Boy Scouts of America. On this day in 1910, Chicago publisher William Dickson Boyce filed the official paperwork to create the Boy Scouts. Both Cub Scouts and Boy Scouts have taught millions (more than 109 million!) of boys skills and values.

The Scouts were actually founded in Great Britain by Lord Robert Baden-Powell in the early 1900s. In 1907, he published Scouting for Boys, the first scouting manual. (His wife, Lady Olave Baden-Powell, later founded the Girl Guides.) The Boy Scout motto was “Do a good turn daily.” When William Boyce and his colleagues received a good turn from an unknown scout, they decided to bring the Boy Scouts to America.

The Boys Scouts of America continue to teach many of the same skills and values they have for decades. However, they also strive to keep current with today’s technology. Scouts can now learn to use GPS devices, their uniforms have pockets for iPods and cell phones, and the Boy Scout Handbook is available as an app on your iPhone.


Boy Scouts Fun Facts:

•   Only 5% of Boy Scouts earn the rank of Eagle Scout every year.

•   Of the 294 US astronauts, more than 180 had been Boy Scouts in their youth; 40 were Eagle Scouts.

•   11 of the 12 astronauts who walked on the moon were Scouts.

•   In 2004, there were 3,145,331 boys in the program and 1,173,064 leaders.

•   One third of West Point and Air Force Academy cadets were in Boy Scouts. 14% were Eagle Scouts.

•   The badges most often earned are: First Aid, Swimming, Camping, Cooking, and Citizenship in the Community.

•   40% of the members of the 111th Congress were in Scouts.

•   In 2009, more than 2.8 million Boy Scouts participated in community service projects. The 36.7 milion service hours the Scouts provided, were valued at $764 million!


Famous Boys Scouts:

•   Charles Lindbergh (awarded the Silver Buffalo Award for distinguished service to youth)

•   Walt Disney (awarded the Silver Buffalo Award)

•   Normal Rockwell (awarded the Silver Buffalo Award)

•   Baseball legends Hank Aaron (Life Scout*, awarded the Silver Buffalo Award) and Nolan Ryan

•   Olympic athletes Dan Jansen, Bruce Jenner, Mark Spitz

•   Bob Hope (awarded the Silver Buffalo Award)

•   Vince Lombardi (awarded the Silver Buffalo Award)

•   Charles M. Schultz (awarded the Silver Buffalo Award)

•   Astronauts Neil Armstrong (Eagle Scout, awarded the Silver Buffalo Award) and John Glenn

•   Walter Cronkite, journalist (Eagle Scout)

•   Mike Rowe, star of “Dirty Jobs” (Eagle Scout)

•   Actors Jimmy Stewart, John Heder (Eagle Scout), Ashton Kutcher, Richard Dean Anderson, Harrison Ford, Richard Gere, Henry Fonda, Jerry Mathers, John Ritter, John Schneider

•   Filmmakers Steven Spielberg (Eagle Scout) and Michael Moore (Eagle Scout)

•   Recording Artists Jimmy Buffett, Branford Marsalis, Jim Morrison

•   Bill Gates, founder of Microsoft

•   Samuel Walton, founder of Wal-Mart (Eagle Scout)

•   Presidents Theodore Roosevelt, Franklin D. Roosevelt, Dwight Eisenhower, Lyndon B. Johnson, Gerald Ford (Eagle Scout), Jimmy Carter, John F. Kennedy, George W. Bush, Bill Clinton, and Barack Obama


Scout Oath:
“On my honor I will do my best To do my duty to God and my country and to obey the Scout Law; To help other people at all times; To keep myself physically strong, mentally awake, and morally straight.”


Scout Law:
A Scout is trustworthy, loyal, helpful, friendly, courteous, kind, obedient, cheerful, thrifty, brave, clean, and reverent.

Sources: scouting.org
*Thanks for correction, David!
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  • David McMann says:

    you have an error on your page. Hank Aaron was not an Eagle Scout – he was a Life Scout. This is a common error as Mr. Aaron has made many promotional videos and ads for the Scouts. In fact, when my son made Eagle Mr. Aaron sent him a letter of congratulations and stated himself that he regrets not making Eagle. Other than that, great page.

  • Sam Walton was an Eagle scout. Please update your records.

  • Marty McHugh says:

    Does anyone know where there might be more information on odd facts like this about scouts? We have a situation where we have one troop that has 4 or 5 boys on track to get their Eagle within the next year. They are all on the same high school swim team. We are looking to see if there is any record of four scouts on the same high school swim team and if any rely records exists such as a swim medly relay? Additonally if all these boys obtain Eagle is there any data on a all Eagle relay team from one troop on one team?

  • Becky Grounds says:

    We in Lamar Missouri have a sad problem. My husband is one of the leader of Troop 207. We have and have had boys that are embarrassed to be a boy scout. My grandson wants to quiet because he is being made fun of by his class mates.I watched a boy being honored for finshing a Eagle project in are church I watch kids looking on snickering acting like it was silly. I helped with this project when this boy was doing his project he took charge did a great job. But when he was around his friends he acted different. It breaks my heart to see this happen. We have tried to talk to my grandson he has some family members that do not want him in boys scouts. His family push him to be a football player. His dad is in the army and is away right now if he was here it would be different. He will be back in Dec or Jan.

    • admin says:

      It’s sad to hear when kids are being made fun of for being involved in a program that has a history of building character and teaching respect. Whether it is the boy scouts or any other organization, there will always be those who will tease and mock its participants. As much as I pity those who are being made fun of, I have much more pity for those are doing the teasing. I hope the boys in your troop can find the strength to support each other and continue with pride. And for those who choose to do something else, then I hope that they can continue to learn the same lessons of courage, self-control, kindness, loyalty, honesty, and respect.

    • Karin Krueger says:

      Becky, When my son started high school as a freshmen, he was teased a bit about being a boy scout. “How stupid, what a dork, you are such a big nerd”, various comments. He tried to ignore it, but after thinking about it, he had several good come backs.
      “Ya, I guess it is dorky to be able to repel down a fifty foot cliff” I really felt stupid the time I spent doing target practice with a compound bow & various rifles”, and I felt like a total nerd the week I spent sea base. Paddling out to the island, sleeping outside in a hammock, swimming with rays, fishing for sharks…” After that, no one really said anything about it. In fact, one of his friends joined his troop after hearing about all the stuff they got to do. He earned his eagle & joined the army with a rank advancement because of it. My son earned his Eagle in Feb. 2015. He built a privacy fence for the breeding program at the Wolf Sanctuary. He graduated high school in June of 2015 & was accepted at SLU in MO. One of the things they mentioned was they were impressed that he obtained an eagle.
      I don’t know what the current situation with your Grandson is, but I hope he finds his place and the courage to stick with it. The benefits far out way the comments from “idiots” who have no clue the bravery it takes to be a Boy Scout. Good Luck.

  • John P says:

    Thank you for documenting these facts. I am writing my 3rd speech for an Eagle court of honor and I wanted to go down the trivial path because I do not know this young man as much as the other two. Nice to see someone supporting scounting with their talents this way. I am an Eagle and I love scounting. I support it by being and assitant scout master for troop 9345 in Eagan MN. I encourage all to support scouting with any talent the Lord and given you. Thanks againg for the facts.

  • elliott b. says:

    i heard keith richards from the rolling stones was an eagle scout also

    • Craig Van Steenbergen says:

      Not quite. Keith Richard was born and raised in Great Britain. He was not an Eagle Scout nor was he even a Queen’s Scout (Great Britain’s Eagle Scout equivalent) However, he was a active member of his Scout Troop and enjoyed being a Patrol Leader and a Scout.

  • Thank you for publishing these facts. This is my 4th year running Cub
    Scout day camp. We all know how important it is to be prepare for rainy days. Thanks

  • […] About 5% of Boy Scouts reach the rank of Eagle Scout every year […]

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