Why hire a Scouting alumnus? Here are just nine of the countless reasons

They’re natural leaders with empathy for others and a resourceful approach to problems.

Those are just a few of the reasons why employers have eagerly hired former Scouts for as long as there have been Scouts.

For more, check out this fascinating post, originally written in Spanish for Forbes.es by Ana Sáenz de Miera.

The post was translated into English and shared on the official website of the World Organization of the Scout Movement, of which the Boy Scouts of America is a proud member.

Take a look at the list below.

Then leave a comment with your story: Did you hire a Scouting alumnus, and if so, why? Were you hired because of your Scouting past?

Why hire a Scouting alumnus?

  1. They know how to work in teams.
  2. They are creative.
  3. They know how to lead and how to be lead.
  4. They have empathy for others.
  5. They value effort.
  6. They know how to set goals and how to evaluate them.
  7. They’re generous.
  8. They are advocates against injustice.
  9. They are resourceful.

Scouts aren’t just “Prepared. For Life.” They’re prepared to be productive leaders in the workforce, too.

Ask any employer; they’ll tell you.

For a deeper explanation into each of these nine points, click here.


  1. Just having that line on your resume is not a “slam dunk” in terms of an employer knowing he/she has an acceptable candidate, but …

    Scouting history, especially on a young adult’s resume, is a way to “extend the conversation” during an interview. So, any scout should be prepared, as soon as the employer mentions it, to briefly describe what he/she got most out of the program. It probably was positive, and likely was a skill/experience the interviewer looks for.

    But don’t stop there! Ask the interviewer if he/she was a scout, or if the company does something that engages scouts (either through goodwill or a product line).

    You’re never just interviewing for a job. The job is also interviewing for you!

  2. After applying for a carpentry job. I found out out it was done to two mostly identical applications. The only real difference was one was an Eagle Scout and one was not. The gentleman making the choice told me that if I stuck with scouts long enough to get my eagle. He knew I would stick with him as an employee.
    I worked there for 10 years and now hire that company to work for me as a superintendent. He had an insight to my background with one word “Eagle” on my app. Never underestimate its value!

  3. Early this year I interviewed 6 people for an IT position on our team. The person that we hired was the only one who had Eagle Scout on his resume, although he absolutely had all of the technical skills we needed also. Having Eagle Scout on his resume suggested to me that he is resourceful, responsible, trustworthy, and that he can work independently as well as being a member of a team. In those regards he has not disappointed. In fact he was promoted within the team this week, based on his performance over the past 8 months.

  4. I have gotten jobs in the past because I told them I was an Eagle Scout during the interview. I never put it on my resume until recently, at the urging of our Scoutmaster.

    But, right now, my 19 year old Eagle Scout son can’t even get an interview for part time jobs! He did get a summer job working on Camp Staff at one of our Council’s camps, and he had a blast!! Hopefully, now that it’s on his resume as well, something will come through soon. (finger’s crossed)

  5. This discussion reminds me of a meeting I was in. I got called into a meeting by my boss’s boss, the VP of Human Resources. Knowing that I had a Scouting background, he asked me questions about various Scouting things, including positions on summer camp staff like Shooting Sports Director and Camp Commissioner. After a good 30 to 45 minutes, he told me why he was asking these questions: a young man was applying for a position who was just out of college. The VP could not believe someone in their early to mid twenties could actually have the responsibilities that many adults have not held. I replied with William “Green Bar Bill” Hillcourt’s philosophy: “Train ’em. Trust ’em. LET THEM LEAD!”

    BTW that young man not only got the job, but has had 3 promotions since being hired.

    • I am glad I was not alone in being bothered by the exclusion of females Scouts in the title this article. “Alumni” is the correct plural for this case. Unfortunately Latin is a gendered language and it prefers hte masculine when there is a possibility of referring to both males and females so “Alumnae” is not correct. “Alumnus or Alumna” is also acceptable in this case.

  6. I recently found this applies to us “older” Scouts too. The first half of my interview for a new job in a new division in a new state was telling Wood Badge stories. After that, the rest of the interview was just discussions about roles and responsibilities. Being a Scout shows you have the qualities mentioned above, Being an active Scouter working to grow as a leader shows initiative and leadership skills. I had a job offer before the interview was over.

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