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Eagle Scout Class of 2016, by the numbers

There were 55,186 Eagle Scouts in 2016. That’s the fourth-largest Eagle Scout class ever — surpassed only by 2012, 2010 and 2013 — and represents a 1.5 percent increase over 2015. Just think about that for a sec: 55,186 Eagle Scouts. Each one has his own story of the challenging but rewarding journey to Scouting’s highest honor. These young men have…

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What was the average age of 2016 Eagle Scouts?

Eagle Scouts are getting older, and that’s not a bad thing. In 1949, the average age of Eagle Scouts was 14.6 years. In 2016, that number was 17.35 years old. (That’s 17 years, 127.75 days.) I see two explanations. First, young men are staying in Scouting longer, meaning they’re enjoying the program and not feeling the…

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Top 5 merit badges for when you find 7 Earth-size planets 40 light years away

So astronomers have discovered seven Earth-size planets around a nearby star, huh? We’re officially one step closer to finding extraterrestrial life — or picking out the next planet for humans once we’re sick of this one. Or both. Either way, it’s likely Scouts will be involved. After all, at least two-thirds of all astronauts have been Scouts. Plus, those…

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Young Man Repairs Homeless Shelter for Eagle Project

When he heard about the Sunday Breakfast Mission and the homeless shelter’s need for some repair work, Scout Ben M. knew that he’d found the right Eagle Scout project. Ben repaired a homeless shelter. (photo: Karie Simmons, Newark Post) Ben, who is a Scout in the Boy Scouts of America Del-Mar-Va Council, had been looking for…

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New Boy Scout Rank Requirements

Boy Scout Requirements FAQs New Boy Scout Rank Requirements become effective January 1, 2016.  When a Scout must begin using the new requirements is determined by the Scout’s joining date or current rank as of January 1, 2016.  Here are the rules for 2016: Boys joining on or after January 1, 2016 MUST use the…

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Inspiring Scout Overcomes Challenges to Earn Eagle

Zach, a Scout from the Seneca Waterways Council of the Boy Scouts of America who was born with Down syndrome, has overcome a number of challenges in his life and has just earned the rank of Eagle Scout. Zach didn’t let Down syndrome or other challenges stand in his way of earning Eagle. (photos: Caurie…

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Eagle Scout Scholarship Application Available 2017

Fill out your application for the Eagle Scout Scholarship Eagle Scouts are invited to apply for one of 25 $1000 scholarships for post-secondary education. Applications are available online soon! To be considered, applications must include both online and paper components. Late submissions will not be considered. Scholarship Process Scholarships are reviewed by a committee of…

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Log on to Internet Advancement Reporting

Your connection to the council advancement records and more Reporting advancement is a requirement of the Boy Scouts of America, and entering it directly into the BSA Internet system is the easiest way to get it done. Units can use Internet Advancement to record their youth member advancement online. This method is both easy and…

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