Scout Statistics - One Hundred Scouts


One Hundred Scouts

Of any one hundred boys who become Scouts, it must be confessed that thirty will drop out in their first year. Perhaps this may be regarded as a failure, but in later life all of these will remember that they had been Scouts and will speak well of the program.

Of the one hundred, only rarely will one ever appear before a juvenile court judge. Twelve of the one hundred will be from families that belong to no church. Through Scouting, these twelve and many of their families will be brought into contact with a church and will continue to be active all their lives. Six of the one hundred will become pastors.

Each of the one hundred will learn something from Scouting. Almost all will develop hobbies that will add interest throughout the rest of their lives. Approximately one-half will serve in the military, and in varying degrees, profit from their Scout training. At least one will use it to save another person's life and many will credit it with saving their own.

Four of the one hundred will reach Eagle rank, and at least one will later say that he valued his Eagle above his college degree. Many will find their future vocation through merit badge work and Scouting contacts. Seventeen of the one hundred boys will later become Scout leaders and will give leadership to thousands of additional boys.

Only one in four boys in America will become a Scout, but it is interesting to know that of the leaders in this nation in business, religion and politics, three out of four were Scouts.

This story will never end. Like the "Golden Pebble" of service dropped into the human sea it will continue to radiate in ever-widening circles, influencing the characters of men down through unending time.

More Statistics

Scouting's alumni record is equally impressive. A recent nation-wide survey of high schools revealed the following information:

Scouts also account for:

Other interesting Statistics

Merit Badge Statistics

Meritbadge Statistics

National Scouting Membership Statistics

Below are the year end youth membership numbers (primary registrations) the BSA has reported since Venturing was introduced in 1998.

Source: BSA Annual Reports.

Year Cub Scouts Boy Scouts Venturing Total
1998 2,171,987 1,023,442 188,010 3,383,439
1999 2,166,289 1,023,691 202,164 3,392,144
2000 2,114,420 1,003,691 233,858 3,351,969
2001 2,043,478 1,005,592 276,434 3,325,504
2002 2,000,478 1,010,791 293,323 3,304,592
2003 1,914,425 997,398 288,395 3,200,218
2004 1,875,752 988,995 280,584 3,145,331
2005 1,745,324 943,426 249,948 2,938,698
2006 1,701,861 922,836 244,266 2,868,963
2007 1,687,986 913,588 254,259 2,855,833

 


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