Scouting Impact & Studies


The Boy Scouts of America is one of the best youth organizations in the country because, put simply, young people in Scouting programs excel. When one is reminded of the global impacts of Scouting – that the only men to walk on the moon were Scouts, that the founder of Microsoft was a Scout, or that one of the few people to climb all seven of the world’s highest peaks was also a Scout, and that 21,000 youth a year are in Scouting programs in Orange County – it is easy to offer financial support to the programs that develop the type of confidence needed to scale peaks and walk on the moon. It is just as easy to support the program needs of a young person who lives five miles from the beach but has never been kayaking, or has never spent an entire day outside or never feels the pride during the applause of an entire elementary school upon the dedication of new bookshelves for the school library. These success stories occur everyday in Scouting.

As parents, leaders, and volunteers with the Boy Scouts of America, we know that the program works. We have seen firsthand all of the benefits of Scouting and have witnessed the positive changes and development within the youth we serve. But don’t take our word for it, check out some studies that have been done on the impact of Scouting on today’s youth. These studies – not surprisingly – put on paper what we’ve been saying for years; Scouting is still relevant and produces outcomes that no other youth serving organization can deliver.

Tufts University Study on Scouting     40 Developmental Assets

Scouting Impact

View compelling stories of Scouting values in action:

Additional Highlights and Stories

Rex Tillerson’s Duty to God Speech

Scouting Programs and Impact – Building Tomorrow’s Leaders Today

Jim Lovell – Eagle Scout safely brings back Apollo 13

One Mother’s Testimonial – Hear what one mother has to say about how Scouting dramatically helped her son

The lifesaving skills of Scouting are learned young and remembered forever

Scouting Success Stories

Overview video of camps and programs – where lives are positively transformed!

The “Mitch Mobile” Eagle Project shows Scouts helping another Scout with special needs experience outdoor adventures