Out of 100 boys who join Scouting, it must be confessed that 30 will drop out in the first year. Perhaps this may be regarded as failure, but in later life all of these will remember that they were Boy Scouts and will speak well of the program.
Of the 100, only rarely will one appear before a juvenile court judge. Twelve of them will be from families who have no religious affiliation. Through Scouting, these 12 and many of their families will be brought into contact with a church, synagogue, mosque, or other place of worship and will continue to be active all of their lives. Five will earn their religious emblem. Three will enter the ministry.
Each of the one hundred will learn something from Scouting. Many will develop lifelong hobbies and interests that they were introduced to in Scouting. Many will serve in the military and in varying degrees profit from their Scout training. Many will find their life’s work through the merit badge system and Scouting contacts.
At least one will use his Scouting skills to save another person’s life. Many more will credit it with saving their own.
Just over 3 of the hundred will become an Eagle Scout, and at least one will later say that he values his Eagle Badge over his college degree. Seventeen of the one hundred boys will later become Scout leaders and will give positive male leadership to thousands of additional boys.
A recent nationwide 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
- and 11 of the 12 men to physically walk on the moon's surface.
While only one in four boys in America will become a Boy Scout, it is interesting to note that of the leaders of this nation in business, religion and politics, three out of four were Scouts.
Thank you for all you have done, for what your doing and for all you are going to do. Scouting does make a real difference.
Continue delivering the Promise!