Study Shows 46 Ways Eagle Scouts Are Different

With the help of the Gallup Organization, Baylor University researchers contacted 81,409 potential respondents to study the differences between Eagle Scouts, former Scouts who didn’t make Eagle, and men who were never in Scouting. At long last, the results of the 2010 study are in.

Called Merit Beyond the Badge, the study found that 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

“Our study measured if achieving the rank of Eagle provides an advantage and benefits throughout a Scout’s life,” said Dr. Byron Johnson, lead researcher, Baylor University. “We found that the effort and commitment required to earn this rank produces positive attributes that benefit not only these men in their personal and professional lives, but also benefits their communities and the country through the service and leadership they provide.”

To learn more about the study, as well as this year’s 100th anniversary of the Eagle Scout Award, a number of resources are available:

Eagle Scouts Infographic (click image to enlarge)


6 Responses to Study Shows 46 Ways Eagle Scouts Are Different

  1. Mike Tischer says:

    Eagle Scout for 43 years. Scout for 52 years. No Higher Honor!

  2. Kim Harreld says:

    We would like to get a copy of the entire study sent to us at council #49 in San Diego.

    Thanks so much!

  3. Nice job on the article. I can use this with our press releases and promotion of the Eagle Scout award.

    David Jones
    Yucca Council Scout Executive

  4. John says:

    Its kind of sad to see the average age of an eagle getting close to 18.

  5. Marcus M. Fernandez says:

    Let’s see about Scout and Eagle Scouts I know few and help few get their Eagle Scout:

    M. J. Fernandez, Police Officer & TANG
    B. Bias, Police Officer
    J. Skiner, USM Gunny
    J. Sikes, Police Officer
    M. Woodolf, Texas Game Warden
    R. Key, Texas Game Warden
    Z. Bias, USM assigned to White house during Bush years
    E. Baber, Fireman
    R. Sayles, Correctional Officer

    I am just notice how they are serving their local community and their Country. Yes I think Scouts and Eagle Scout is a GREAT PROGRAM for our young people.

  6. Jackie Veri says:

    My son, the Eagle Scout, is getting his doctorate in Chemistry and Biology at the University of Tampa. Credit would go to the Scouts for teaching him to reach for the stars.

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