Okay, so this one’s a bit off-topic, except maybe in the sense that lots of business leaders over the years – a disproportionate percentage, I’m told – come from the ranks of Eagle Scouts. As an Eagle myself, as well as father of an Eagle, son of a near-Eagle, merit badge counselor, and local scout leader for nearly 20 years, I would remiss if I did not pass this along as a little inspiration to others.
According to an article from the Boy Scouts’ website quoting from a study conducted by Baylor University entitled “Eagle Scouts: Merit Beyond the Badge,” Eagle scouts are more likely than men who have never been in scouting to:
- Have higher levels of planning and preparation skills, be goal-oriented, and network with others
- Be in a leadership position at their place of employment or local community
- Report having closer relationships with family and friends
- Volunteer for religious and nonreligious organizations
- Donate money to charitable groups
- Work with others to improve their neighborhoods
The study survey was conducted by Gallup and included over 2,500 subjects (of which about 5% were Eagle Scouts, roughly the same percentage of Scouts as those who earn Eagle), grouped within three main areas: well-being, civic engagement and character development. It then compared responses among Eagle scouts, other Scouts, and non-Scouts.
The study’s final conclusions were summed up in the following words:
“In sum, when compared to Scouts and non-Scouts, Eagle Scouts exhibit significantly higher levels of health and recreation, connection, service and leadership, environmental stewardship, goal orientation, planning and preparedness, and character.”
Worthy goals indeed.