If you give a First Class Scout a tent, a sleeping bag, and a backpack that is properly stocked (food, water, a first aid kit, a compass, a map, a knife, matches, cooking utensils, rain gear, a change of clothes, etc.), you can drop that Scout in the woods anywhere and he’ll be able to take care of himself for three days and find his way home safely.
And probably have fun along the way.
That’s pretty impressive stuff. But when they progress through Star, Life and Eagle ranks, a lot more happens. See what we mean below:
• Eagle Scouts exhibit an increased tendency to participate in a variety of health and recreational activities.
• Eagle Scouts show a greater connectedness to siblings, neighbors, religious community, friends, co-workers, formal and informal groups, and a spiritual presence in nature.
• Duty to God, service to others, service to the community, and leadership are traits that are especially strong in Eagle Scouts.
• Eagle Scouts are more likely to engage in behaviors that are designed to enhance and protect the environment.
• Eagle Scouts are more likely to be committed to setting and achieving personal, professional, spiritual, and financial goals.
• Eagle Scouts show higher levels of planning and preparedness than do other Scouts and non-Scouts.
• Eagle Scouts are more likely than other Scouts and non-Scouts to indicate they have built character traits related to work ethics, morality, tolerance, and respect for diversity.
These points are proven and reviewed by a 2012 Baylor University Study. This is fascinating to read. LINK