“Eagle Scouts are more likely to hold leadership positions, volunteer in their communities, donate money to charity, enjoy close relationships, and be goal oriented. In fact, they score better than other men on 46 different prosocial measures, according to “Merit Beyond the Badge,” a study Baylor University released this year” (2012 Annual Report).
“’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,’” said lead researcher Dr. Byron Johnson” (2012 Annual Report).
Today, a century after Arthur R. Eldred received the First Eagle Scout badge, more than 2 million boys have obtained this honor. Locally, at the Utah National Parks Council 61,358 have earned the recognition.
Each has left his mark on our communities and inspired others with their service and honor to God and country. Many probably do not recognize their contributions or the mark they have left.
As we celebrate 100 years of Eagle Scouts, we applaud those who have earned the rank of Eagle Scout. Congratulations to each of you and thank you for the example and inspiration to are to others.
Author: Heidi Sanders | Marketing & PR Director, Utah National Parks Council