Quick post just to document my Eagle Ceremony. I have recently earned the rank of eagle scout in Boy Scouts, and for those of you that don’t know, it is the highest rank you can get in Boy Scouts. It is seen as s fairly high achievement by employers and colleges. It took a lot of time and dedication, but I did get it after much hard work. To conclude, I am going to post a speech that I have heard at every eagle ceremony, which I find very inspirational.
For every 100 boys that enter scouts:
30 will drop out the first year.
Only rarely will one appear before a juvenile court judge.
12 will be from families that belong to no church, 6 of these will be
brought into contact with a church and continue.
3 will become pastors,
4 scouts will reach the rank of Eagle Scout.
45 will serve in the Military.
1 person will use scout skills to save somebody else’s live.
2 will report that they used scout skills to save their own lives.
17 will later serve as adult volunteers
8 will find their future life vocations from scouting
5 will receive church emblems.
….Only 4 out of 100 boys in the USA will become scouts but of the
leaders of this nation in business, religion and politics, 3 out of 4 were
scouts. Only 4 percent of our nation’s youth were scouts, yet 65% of
all college and university graduates were scouts.
26 of 29 of the first Astronauts in NASA’s program were Eagle scouts,
and 133 of the 233 Astronauts were scouts at one time.
A Nationwide survey showed that:
Of Senior Class Presidents 89% were scouts.
Of Junior Class Presidents 80% were scouts.
Student Council Presidents 85% were scouts.
School newspaper editors 88% were scouts.
Football Captains 71% were scouts.
Basketball captains 64% were scouts.
64% of Air Force Academy graduates were scouts
58% West Point Graduates were scouts.
70% of Annapolis graduates were scouts.
72% Rhodes Scholars were scouts.
85% of FBI Agents were scouts at one time.
So, 4 out of 100, (maybe more here in Nogales), make Eagle Scout.
So what about the other 94 or 92 scouts who didn’t make it to Eagle.
Is it just wasted time? The scouts have “Aims and Methods”. Things
found in the Scout Oath and Law, the Patrol Method, Outdoors
training, Personal growth, Leadership and So on. Advancement is
certainly one of these, but only one. Just being part of the program
gives the opportunity to “better and belong”.
Sure we know some famous Eagle Scouts like Sam Walton, James
Lovell, Hank Aaron, Gerald Ford, John Glenn Ross Perot and Steven
But how about some “Not-Quite-Eagles” like John F. Kennedy, Jimmy
Stewart, Harrison Ford, Merlin Olson, Richard Gere, Nolan Ryan, Jim
Morrison, Joe Theisman, Bill Gates and not-quite British Scout’s
Queen’s Scout – Paul McCartney. The list goes on and on.
(Not on topic, but after looking at these pictures I think I am going to cut my hair really short….)