Eagle Scout

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  1. PlaneBoy2023

    PlaneBoy2023 New Member

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    How much does having Eagle Scout help for getting into USAFA (or any of the academies for that matter)? I.e. is it a good substitute as a leadership trait for something that one may be lacking (like team captain, officer in a club, etc)

    Also factored in that I personally have constantly moved and have been in several high schools, would they look favorably upon this?
     
  2. ders_dad

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    Eagle has to be more than just checking the box. I suspect the academies fully understand the sustained commitment to becoming an Eagle but as someone who has sat on many Eagle board of reviews, I can tell you that there is a broad range of Eagles with respect to leadership. Your challenge will be to explain your leadership roles in Scouting. Were you SPL? What did you do as SPL to lead your troop? How did you work to develop other leaders in the Troop? What leadership skills did you display in executing your project? Why did you pick said project? Did you have lodge leadership in OA? Did you participate or staff NYLT? Were you a crew leader at Philmont, Sea Base, or Northern Tier? Were you a camp counselor?

    I think team captains have the same challenge. It is not enough to just check the boxes.
     
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  3. THParent

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    Being an Eagle Scout certainly doesn't hurt.
    All good observations by @ders_dad above, however!

    I was at an Eagle Board of Review once a few years back, reading an Eagle project binder before the candidate walked in.
    It was by far the shoddiest Eagle project binder I had ever seen. As I went through the wrinkled and handwritten pages, I started to get an idea of what this candidate was like. I thought to myself, man, I can't wait to meet this clown show!

    When he walked in (in a perfect uniform) and shook my hand and looked me in the eye while he introduced himself, I knew right there that he was an Eagle Scout. He got through the review with flying colors. It turns out that the Scout Office had lost his "nice" project binder the day before the Board of Review, and all he had to take its place was his "working copy" that he had never meant anyone to see.
     
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    kinnem Moderator 5-Year Member

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    Cool Story.
     
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    Wishful "Land of the free, because of the brave..." 5-Year Member

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    So there you go. 10% Eagle Scouts / Gold Award Recipients at USAFA is twice the national average.

    Only 4% of Boy Scouts earn Eagle Scout rank.
    Only 5.4% of Girl Scouts earn the Gold Award.
     
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  7. raimius

    raimius 10-Year Member

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    It is a good EC, as making Eagle takes several years of work (shows dedication), requires some leadership experience, fitness, community service, etc.
    It's is certainly not a deal maker, but it's way better than serving at the soup kitchen for an hour two years ago!
     
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  8. fencersmother

    fencersmother 10-Year Member Founding Member

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    I think it a far far better EC than going to a "distressed community" and playing soccer with 8 year olds (who play soccer by themselves all the time) for 2 days every summer. I am usually surprised to learn that so many of these "distressed communities" are just down the road from Busch Gardens, or the Seashore, ski slopes.... (ok, call me jaded).

    Eagle Scout may carry more weight in the future as it appears there will be far fewer of them.
     
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