Previous studies have shown that participation in Scouting produces better citizens.6 And, there is no shortage of examples or anecdotal accounts that would affirm these findings. Surprisingly, however, there is very little scientific evidence to confirm the prosocial benefits associated with Scouting or earning the rank of Eagle Scout. Thus, the central question of this study is to determine if participation in Scouting and ultimately becoming an Eagle Scout is associated with prosocial behavior and positive youth development that carries over into young adulthood and beyond.
Jang, Sun Joon; Johnson, Byron R.; and Kim, Young-Il, "Eagle Scouts: Merit beyond the Badge" (2012). Faculty Publications - Department of World Languages, Sociology & Cultural Studies. 39.