For Eagle Scouts and their fans, 2012 was the gift that keeps on giving.
We spent all year celebrating the 100th Anniversary of Arthur Rose Eldred becoming the first Eagle Scout. We got scientific evidence of what I’m calling “the Eagle Scout effect.”
And now, just this morning, comes news that more boys earned Eagle in 2012 than in any year in the award’s history.
A whopping 57,976 new Eagle Scouts joined the ranks last year, surpassing the previous high mark of 56,176 in 2010.
The 2012 total represents a 12.6 percent increase over the size of 2011′s class (51,473).
To me, a record-setting Eagle class is proof that Scouting remains alive and well as we settle into the movement’s second century. And it represents the nationwide impact of nearly 58,000 young men who know what honor, loyalty, and hard work really mean. Not to mention nearly 58,000 Eagle service projects that improved countless communities. The way I see it, the world could use a few more Eagle Scouts.
So here’s to 2012′s Eagle Scouts — and to 2013′s, 2014′s, and so on. Let’s keep that number growing.