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Which fictional characters are most likely to be Eagle Scouts?

What do an ’80s TV problem-solver, a shield-toting Avenger and one of the greatest movie heroes of all time have in common?

According to your fellow Scouters on Facebook, these three and other fictional characters would be Eagle Scouts, if they existed in the real world.

MacGyver, Captain America and Indiana Jones are just three of the individuals you said would have earned Scouting’s highest rank.

Check out the list, and the accompanying explanations, below.

MacGyverMacGyver

Need proof that the 80′s action hero MacGyver would’ve been an Eagle Scout?

Look no further than the show’s description: “Making a bomb out of chewing gum? Fixing a speeding car’s brakes … while he’s riding in it? Using soda pop to cook up tear gas? That’s all in a day’s adventures for MacGyver. He’s part Boy Scout, part genius. And all hero.”

Eagle Scouts solve problems all the time, so it wouldn’t surprise many to learn this problem-solver is an Eagle Scout.

Phineas-and-FerbPhineas and Ferb

“They are serious over-achievers and could definitely finish an Eagle Project (or 87) with no problems,” reasons Scouter Bethanne.

In each episode of the Disney cartoon, the title stepbrothers find inventive ways to have fun, usually through a grand project.

Sounds a lot like the journey toward Eagle Scout to me.

Neville-LongbottomNeville Longbottom

This is an interesting one. The character from the Harry Potter books and movies begins his education at Hogwarts School as a shy, awkward introvert.

But, as Scouter Katie says, “we see him grow and mature into a true leader, just like we see our Eagle Scouts face their own challenges.”

Someone who doesn’t look like your stereotypical hero when we first meet him becomes a natural leader, ready to face any challenge. An Eagle Scout, for sure.

Captain-America-EvansCaptain America

The Marvel superhero is brave, patriotic and loyal. Yep, he’d be an Eagle Scout.

Furthering our case is the fact that Chris Evans, the actor who plays Captain America, said in an interview that he modeled how he plays the role after an Eagle Scout he knew from growing up.

What more proof do we need? Read that quote here.

Leroy-Jethro-GibbsLeroy Jethro Gibbs

I’m not familiar with the protagonist of the hit CBS show NCIS, but several Scouters said Mark Harmon’s character would be an Eagle Scout.

Scouter David explains: “He’s human and fallible, but lives by a simple code and is fair-minded with all, giving them the benefit of the doubt. He’s always looking out for those around him, is a great team member, leader and mentor, and always gets the job done.

“He’s probably a pretty good Rifle merit badge counselor as well … ”

The-DoctorThe Doctor

Ignore the fact that the main character of the popular BBC sci-fi show is technically an alien.

Many Scouters said his qualities would make a perfect Eagle Scout.

He’s “never cruel or cowardly, never gives in and never gives up,” Scouter Rob says. He “can save a whole universe and yet can find time to help a scared child. Also can lash up a machine that goes Ding and escapes from jails with a few odds and ends.”

This raises an important question: If (when?) aliens ever come to Earth, will they be eligible to earn Scouting’s top honor?

Sheriff-Andy-TaylorSheriff Andy Taylor

Andy Griffith portrayed the character named the Best TV Dad. Eagle Scouts make pretty great dads, too. (I should know; I’m the son of an Eagle Scout.)

Consider this Tampa Tribune description of the great sheriff: “With homespun wisdom, Sheriff Taylor easily handled minor crimes, settled local disputes, tolerated his loopy deputy Barney Fife, had time to take his young son Opie (Ron Howard) fishing, and remained a friend to all.”

“I can imagine no one who would act more like an Eagle Scout than Andy Griffith,” says Scouter Todd.

Indiana-JonesIndiana Jones

Steven Spielberg is an Eagle Scout, and Harrison Ford was a Life Scout, so naturally the two portrayed the iconic action hero Indiana Jones as a Scout.

He was portrayed (by River Phoenix) as a Life Scout at age 13 in the series’ third installment, Indiana Jones and the Last Crusade.

So while the movie series never confirms that Indy made it all the way to Eagle Scout, we can posit that someone with his sense of adventure and courage would certainly qualify as one.

Atticus-FinchAtticus Finch

A role model for all future lawyers (and humans, really), the character in To Kill a Mockingbird shows bravery and strong morals as he fights racial prejudice.

He treats his children with respect, cares about the downtrodden and believes in justice for all. The novel is even told through the eyes of a character named Scout.

Need more proof? The American Film Institute called Atticus Finch, as portrayed by Gregory Peck, the greatest movie hero of all time.

An Eagle Scout through and through.

Dudley-Do-RightDudley Do-Right

He’s a little bit goofy, but so are some Eagle Scouts I know.

This character from The Rocky and Bullwinkle Show is “always willing to do a good turn,” says Scouter Mike.

Sure, most of his good deeds are the result of dumb luck or the actions of his horse. But he’s still saved the day enough times to deserve a spot on this list.

Dirk-PittDirk Pitt

The action hero from more than a dozen bestselling Clive Cussler novels was portrayed by Matthew McConaughey in the 2005 movie Sahara.

A tall man with a commanding presence and quick wit, Pitt saves the day time and again as director of special projects for the National Underwater and Marine Agency.

Scouter Thomas writes: “He is adventurous, is always prepared and is willing to put others lives before his. He would have made a great aquatics director at Sea Base.”

Timothy, another Scouter, adds that other Cussler characters would be likely Eagle Scouts, including Kurt Austin, Juan Cabrillo and Sam Fargo.

Yoda_Empire_Strikes_BackYoda

The greatest Star Wars Jedi lives with honor and teaches others to fight evil.

If he’s an Eagle Scout, he’s one of the coolest ever.

“Not only does he follow the Scout Law and Oath,” Scouter Robert writes, “he would probably be in the Order of the Arrow too. He’s got mad camping skills.”

And what about Luke, Yoda’s apprentice?

“Luke is a Life Scout at best,” Robert writes. “He couldn’t get his ship out of the lake.”

Flint-LockwoodFlint Lockwood

The Cloudy With a Chance of Meatballs protagonist is energetic, quirky and dreams of inventing things.

Hey, that’s just like a lot of Eagle Scouts!

Scouter Jeannie’s 9-year-old Cub Scout suggested adding Flint to the list.

“He’s creative, resourceful and ultimately does the right thing,” she says.

Archer-and-ReedCapt. Jonathan Archer and Lt. Malcolm Reed

Two main characters on the TV show Star Trek: Enterprise actually were Eagle Scouts, according to a scene in “Rogue Planet,” Episode 18 of Season 1.

Archer (Scott Bakula) and Reed (Dominic Keating) are exploring a dark jungle planet when this conversation ensues:

Capt. Jonathan Archer: This reminds me of the rain forest in New Zealand. I earned my Wilderness merit badge there.
Lt. Malcolm Reed: You were a Boy Scout, sir?
Archer: [with pride] I was an Eagle Scout!
Reed: Oh. So was I.
Archer: Really? How many merit badges?
Reed: 28. You?
Archer: 26.
Reed: Ah… that’s not bad, sir.

The show is set around the year 2150, so we’ll have to wait another 100-plus years to find out whether these guys actually become Eagle Scouts.

Who’s missing?

Which fictional characters would you add to this list? Any you’d remove?

Keep the fun going in the comments section.

47 Comments on Which fictional characters are most likely to be Eagle Scouts?

  1. Ron Blaisdell // July 5, 2014 at 9:08 am // Reply

    Neville – Queen Scout maybe, but he’s British! He can’t be an Eagle Scout. Same for Dudley Dooright – Canadian, eh? Same holds true for the good Doctor, and Yoda. ;-)

    • Christopher McCabe // July 5, 2014 at 1:55 pm // Reply

      How do you know that Yoda can’t be an Eagle Scout ?

    • Robert Bardsley // July 9, 2014 at 7:29 pm // Reply

      Your ideas are too narrow, too crippled. The Doctor is a citizen of the universe, and a gentleman to boot! (paraphrased from The Dalek Materplan)

    • ScoutMamaSD // July 9, 2014 at 10:55 pm // Reply

      Really? British can’t be scouts. Baden Powell the founding father of scouting was British.

    • It’s actually been called “Chief Scout” in the U.K. and Canada for the past 30+ years, but that’s exactly what I was thinking as well. That would go for Neville & Dudley, but as for Yoda & The Doctor, is there an “Intergalactic Scout Association”?

  2. Mr Fredricksen from UP, BJ Hunnicut from MASH, Ralphie from A CHRISTMAS STORY

  3. Superman, of course

    • More correctly, Clark Kent.

  4. When I was on Show’s Staff at the 1989 National Jamboree, Steven Spielberg worked among us, and we all got to meet and talk with him. (Talk about an inspiring job for a 17 year old!) At the time, I was Editor-in-Chief of my school’s newspaper, and I asked him if I could interview him after the Jamboree for an article. He agreed, and gave me his business card.
    So I asked him about Indy, and (paraphrasing what he told me) that Indy’s being a Life Scout was very deliberate. While he certainly was capable of being an Eagle, that Indy’s being a Scout itself wasn’t what made him great, but what he learned about being prepared and how to solve problems from his time in Scouting helped him significantly do great things…

  5. Young Bruce Wayne aka Batman, Young Clark Kent aka Superman, Sherlock Holmes, Young Peter Parker aka Spiderman, James Bond, James T Kirk, Jean-Luc Picard, Young Tony Stark aka Iron Man, Tarzan, John Carter, Ash Williams (Evil Dead), and Young Barry Allen aka Flash

    • Sherlock Holmes, British and grew up before Scouting existed. James Bond, also British.

      Tarzan and John Carter grew up before Scouting existed.

      Tho they can be good models for what scouts can be, the point here was fictional characters who might be Eagles.

      • And bond is based on real life spy Sidney Reilly, who worked for the British but never willingly divulged his country of birth, although many suspected Russia. So at best queens scout.

    • I can see Picard but for the most part not the others. The others are strong, smart, and innovative, they don’t quite have the mind set.

  6. Andy Griffin was actually the leader for our districts Cub Day Camp for years. He would run it at the Wesleyan University here in town. Many of our older leader remember being a boy in his camps.

  7. John Kozin // July 5, 2014 at 9:44 am // Reply

    Superman actually was a Boy Scout:

    http://goodcomics.comicbookresources.com/2012/01/31/comic-book-questions-answered-was-superman-the-big-blue-boy-scout-ever-an-actual-boy-scout/

  8. Glad us to old. :-)

    Wife says phineas and ferb would eventually be Eagle Scouts but they would be the12 hours before 18th birthday guys.

    • I think that P & F will be the type to get their eagles within the minimal required time, and a couple of palms to boot!!!!

  9. We compiled a list of fictional Eagle Scouts over at Wikipedia:
    https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Scouting_in_popular_culture#Fictional_Eagle_Scouts

  10. Too bad the majority of Eagle Scouts I knew while I was in the troop skipped the whole “live by the scout oath and law” item on the checklist. I knew an awful lot of self-centered jerks with eagles on their shirts, but I never met many Eagle Scouts.

  11. Scouting Gnome // July 5, 2014 at 10:52 am // Reply

    MacGyver.

  12. Jim Naticchi // July 5, 2014 at 11:33 am // Reply

    Dr. Sam Beckett from the show Quantum Leap. Always there “to set things right”.

  13. MacGyver’s swiss army knife actually has the BSA logo on it.

  14. Atticus Finch? What would he think of the BSA’s discrimination of today?

  15. William Riker, from Star Trek: The Next Generation, would have been an Eagle because he had the leadership and resourcefulness.

    Frodo Baggins from Lord of the Rings, would have been an Eagle, because he had a courageous heart, a moral compass that pointed “north”, and strong leadership. Samwise Gamgee would have only gotten to Life because he would have spent too much time helping Mr. Frodo get his Eagle.

  16. Leroy Jethro Gibbs; Outstanding! Rule#9 is a true Scout Rule

  17. Which fictional character would be an Eagle Scout? What characteristics best embody Eagle Scouts and which characters have those? For those of us who hold Eagle Scouts in high acclaim, it basically turns into a popularity contest, which fictional character do we like the most?

    • On the show NCIS the character Timothy McGee was a scout in his youth. I don’t remember if he ever said he was an Eagle or if the show actually used the term ‘boy scout’ as opposed to a made-up scouting organization. There were a couple of episodes where his scouting experience was central to the plot line.

      • Oops! This should have gone under the previous comment.

  18. Interesting that you would put Indiana Jones in the category of the fact that he would be an Eagle Scout. Harrison Ford was at least a Life Scout in a Troop in Park Ridge, IL and the Northwest Suburban Council.

    • And he worked nature one summer at napowan in wild rose, wi. Then attended ripon college down the road, leaving before he graduated….

  19. Aaron Hotchner and Jason Gideon from Criminal Minds. Maybe not Dr. Prentiss Reid (can’t see him meeting the camping requirement).

  20. Rob Carignan // July 6, 2014 at 10:58 am // Reply

    I’d remove Capt America. Remember, Steve Rogers was physically frail and “4-F” be the Army. HE may have earned Eagle, but I don’t think Rogers would have had the physical stamina to meet certain merit badge requirements.

  21. Joe & Frank Hardy . . . if they could only find the time for meetings & campouts between cases.

  22. Sean Blackburn // July 7, 2014 at 11:14 am // Reply

    How about Chuck from Chuck? He is definitely resourceful, and he grows into the leadership role as teh show progresses. I will say he would have his paperwork in at 11:59PM the day before his birthday!

  23. Chuck Bartowski from the show Chuck on NBC. He is said to be an Eagle Scout in season 3 Ep 18; Chuck Versus the Subway.

  24. Mycroft Holmes (a/k/a “Mike”) from Heinlein’s The Moon is a Harsh Mistress – he starts out somewhat naive and lost, but through participation in an organization and interaction with caring adults becomes a fully-rounded and capable leader himself. OK, he’s a computer – but if an alien like The Doctor can be an Eagle Scout, why not a computer?

  25. Jack Ryan- from the Tom Clancy Novels- He demonstrated the scout law and oath in his actions, leadership and problem solving. John McClane from the Die Hard movies – always doing a good turn daily that gets him into trouble.

  26. Robert Bardsley // July 9, 2014 at 7:35 pm // Reply

    Bryan, thank you for including my quote about the Doctor in your write up. I actually started watching the show in 1983 while as a staff member at Camp Roosevelt’s summer camp. Watched it on PBS in the camp office. That November I completed my Eagle. Glad to say that 30+ years I still avidly watch Doctor Who and am still highly active in Scouting. Even better, I get to do both with my son and wife.

  27. Malcolm Reed may have said he hold the rank of Eagle but he is also suppose to be from England. His dad served in the Royal Navy.
    Add on: Achilles, Odysseus, Jason (from Jason and the Argonauts), Superman, Sherlock
    yea yea no of these are American.

  28. Interesting that several characters portrayed by Harrison Ford are suggested. Another coincidence: John McClane from Die Hard was played by Bruce Willis, who also starred in the movie The Last Boy Scout (1991). ;o)

  29. Jim Wrynn // July 9, 2014 at 7:50 pm // Reply

    As a Scoutmaster, I’ve known a few who completed the requirements as they were running out of time. So…Jack Bauer.

  30. Mack Taylor from CSI:New York
    Nick Stokes from CSI

  31. Mitch Rapp.

  32. Hank Hill in Fox’s King of the Hill achieved Eagle. He claimed so in an episode. Think he is eligible for the distinguished Eagle for his successful 10 tv show?

  33. Elliot from E.T
    Tim McGee from NCIS
    G Callen from NCIS;LA
    Horratio from CSI Miami
    Scottie from Star Trek
    Riker from Star Trek NG
    Daav Yos Phelium from the Liaden Universe (By Sharon Lee and Steve Miller)
    and his cousin, Shan Yos Galan, as well as Daav’s son, Val Con.

    I have the honor of knowing several Eagle Scouts. I have been a Merit Badge Counselor, ASM, a Troop Committee Chairperson, and parent for many.

  34. Dave Swift // July 11, 2014 at 3:15 am // Reply

    Mulder from the X Files

  35. Rob Williams // August 19, 2014 at 1:56 pm // Reply

    Jack Ryan from Author Tom Clancy had to be an Eagle Scout.

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