Facts About Scouting

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Service

In 2013, service projects were conducted by more than 2.6 million youth members and more than 1 million volunteers.

  • 17 million service hours were reported in 2013 for Journey to Excellence.
  • $384.3 million of service was provided by Scouts and leaders to communities across America. (Based on the $22.55 Independent Sector value of volunteer time for 2013)
  • Service projects most commonly reported for Journey to Excellence in 2013 include
    • Food collection and distribution
    • Litter cleanup/community beautification
    • Community dimension
    • Conservation projects
    • Fun run/walk/hike/cycle

Scout Activities and Outdoor Adventures

Nearly 1.1 million youth attended a council camp or national high-adventure camp.

  • National high-adventure base—Boy Scouts and Venturers
    • 35,054—Philmont
    • 13,922—Florida Sea Base
    • 5,686—Northern Tier

Advancements and Awards

In 2013, 56,841 Scouts earned the Eagle Scout rank.

  • About 6 percent of all Boy Scouts earned the Eagle Scout rank in 2013.
  • From 1912 to 2013, 2.7 million Boy Scouts have earned the Eagle Scout rank.
  • 2,110,848 merit badges were earned by Boy Scouts in 2013.
    • 117,288,535 merit badges have been earned by Boy Scouts since Scouting was established in 1910.
    • The most often earned merit badges since 1910 include:
      • First Aid—6,900,983
      • Swimming—6,242,264
      • Camping—4,608,447
      • Cooking—4,238,453
      • Citizenship in the Community—3,410,028

      (Source: 2013 BSA Local Council Index)

Volunteers

More than 1 million volunteers provided leadership for Scouting programs in 2013.

  • On average, Scout volunteers give 20 hours per month in service to Scouting. This equals approximately 246.8 million hours of volunteer time given to support Scouting in 2013. (Source: Volunteer Outcomes Study, Research & Program Innovation)
  • $5.57 billion of volunteer time was given in 2013 to support Scouting across America. (Based on $22.55 Independent Sector value of volunteer time for 2013)

Alumni

  • 181 NASA astronauts were involved in Scouting (57.4 percent of astronauts).
    • 39 are Eagle Scouts.
  • 36.4 percent of the United States Military Academy (West Point) cadets were involved in Scouting as youth.
    • 16.3 percent of cadets are Eagle Scouts.
  • 22.5 percent of United States Air Force Academy cadets were involved in Scouting as youth.
    • 11.9 percent of cadets are Eagle Scouts.
  • 25 percent of United States Naval Academy (Annapolis) midshipmen were involved in Scouting as youth.
    • 11 percent of midshipmen are Eagle Scouts.
  • 191 members of the 113th Congress participated in Scouting as a youth and/or adult leader.
    • 28 are Eagle Scouts.
  • 18 current U.S. governors participated in Scouting as a youth and/or adult volunteer.
    • Four are Eagle Scouts.

    (Source: Membership figures from each organization)


Updated May 2014

 

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