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 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
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
Four of the one hundred will reach Eagle rank, and at
least one will later say that he valued his Eagle above his college
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 Scouts, 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.