100 Scouts

 

(Compiled from Several Sources; 6/8/05)

About 1 out of every 4 boys in America becomes a Boy 
Scout. However, of every 100 boys who become Scouts, 
about 30 will drop out during their first year. This might 
be regarded by some as a failure, but in later life even 
these early dropouts will remember that they had once 
been Scouts, and nearly all of them will speak well of the 
program. In fact, many will return to Scouting with their 
own sons.

Of the 100, only rarely will one ever appear before a 
juvenile court judge. 12 of the 100 will be from families 
that belong to no Church. Through Scouting, these 12 
and many of their families will be brought into contact 
with a Church, and as a result some will continue to be 
active all their lives. 5 of the 100 will earn a religious 
award. 1 of the 100 will enter the Clergy.

Each of the 100 will learn from their Scouting 
experiences. At least 1 will use his Scout skills to save 
another person's life, and at least 1 other will credit it with
saving his own life. 18 will develop hobbies through 
Scouting that will last throughout their lives. 8 will find 
their future vocations through their merit badge work and 
Scouting contacts. 85 percent of Student Council 
Presidents, 89 percent of Senior Class Presidents, 75 
percent of School Publication Editors, and 71 percent of 
School Football Captains, were Scouts. 72 percent of 
Rhodes Scholars, and 85 percent of FBI Agents, were 
Scouts.

Many Scouts will serve in the military, and in varying 
degrees will profit from their Scout training. 64 percent of 
Air Force Academy graduates, 68 percent of West Point 
graduates, and 70 percent of Annapolis graduates, were 
Scouts. 26 of the first 29 astronauts were Scouts. Among
the leaders in this nation in business, religion and 
politics, 3 out of every 4 were Scouts.

4 of the 100 will reach Eagle rank, and at least 1 will later
say that he valued his Eagle above his college degree. 
17 of the 100 will later become Scout leaders and will 
give leadership to thousands of additional boys.

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. Thank 
you for being a part of this story.

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