Eagle Scouts are getting older. In 1949, the average age of Eagle Scouts was 14.6 years. In 2015, that number was 17.34 years old.
There are two factors at play here.
For starters, young men are staying in Scouting longer, meaning they’re enjoying the program for a longer amount of time and not feeling the rush to earn Eagle until they see their 18th birthday on the horizon.
But also there are more pulls on their time — school, sports, church, friends, etc. — meaning more to do in the same amount of time.
That average Eagle Scout age has been pretty consistent in recent years:
How does this compare to the age of Eagle Scouts in your troop?