About Us

For over one hundred years, the Boy Scouts of America has produced citizens America is proud of. Citizens who lead the way in all they become involved in. Scouts who learn to live principled lives—to do their best, to be self-reliant, to have faith, to be innovative, and to be humble. A Scout does the right thing when no one is looking, gets more out of life, and gives more than he receives.

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

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)

Scout Activities and Outdoor

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)