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Are any of you Eagle Scouts?

andrewts585andrewts585 Registered User Posts: 70 Junior Member
edited November 2011 in What Are My Chances?
Good evening,

How are you? If any of you are Eagle Scouts, do you know how much it matters to colleges that I'm an Eagle Scout? Thank you.

Post edited by andrewts585 on

Replies to: Are any of you Eagle Scouts?

  • HobbitTonHobbitTon Registered User Posts: 840 Member
    In the past moreso than now.
  • andrewts585andrewts585 Registered User Posts: 70 Junior Member
    That's sort of unfortunate. I keep getting mixed messages. Some people tell me it's the greatest award and achievement I could possibly have, while others essentially say it does not matter. I guess part of it could depend on the school you're applying to.
  • metsrule50metsrule50 Registered User Posts: 80 Junior Member
    I will be an eagle scout in the next few months. I heard that it definitely should help, for it shows colleges that you made a long commitment and flourished. However, if you don't have the scores for a college, being an Eagle scout won't get u in.
  • HobbitTonHobbitTon Registered User Posts: 840 Member
    It's an extracurricular, like all other curricular. I guess it's an award for showing dedication to Boy Scouts. Colleges like dedication, so there you go.
  • Joan52Joan52 Registered User Posts: 693 Member
    Becoming an Eagle Scout shows dedication and a certain level of commitment. I think it's the kind of thing that could tip you over the edge if you're close but it won't help if you sAT is 200 points below the mid-range for the school.
  • andrewts585andrewts585 Registered User Posts: 70 Junior Member
    @ Metsrule50, Congratulations! What is your project going to be? I think that becoming an Eagle Scout helped me gain a lot of understanding about something I was really passionate about. If you don't have your project done yet, do something that will have a personal meaning for you. That being said, if you only have a few months left, you might want to do something less time-consuming and a meaningful project later on down the road.

    @ HobbitTon, That's good enough for me. As long as it looks good to colleges, that's all I really needed to know. Like I said though, I do get some mixed messages. At least it won't look like a negative activity and is fairly well respected.

    @ Joan52, I figured that as much. It does make sense that it wouldn't necessarily be a main component they look for, but maybe another point of comparison.
  • jkiwmomjkiwmom Registered User Posts: 1,368 Senior Member
    It's definitely highly regarded in admissions. Adcoms know that there are a significant amount of hours involved in terms of community service (over 200 for most Senior Girl Scouts is what I am comparing it too), and yes, definitely a level of commitment. Eagle Scout is years of involvment and they know that, so it's helpful. Same is true for Senior Girl Scouts that have earned their Gold Awards.

    Do keep a good record of service hours, awards, etc. for your resume. You'll need it to fill in the Common App. and others. Often troop leaders keep a log of service hrs. so if you haven't been keeping track of all hrs., ask them.
  • andrewts585andrewts585 Registered User Posts: 70 Junior Member
    Thanks for the information. Would it also look good if I have over 1,000 hours of community service separate from the project?
  • dougsoccerdougsoccer Registered User Posts: 2 New Member
    I am an Eagle Scouy
  • andrewts585andrewts585 Registered User Posts: 70 Junior Member
    Congratulations! What did you do for your project?
  • Bookworm934Bookworm934 Registered User Posts: 328 Member
    I'm not an eagle scout (my brother is though!) and I have almost completed my Gold Award for Girl Scouts. As far as I've heard, it's a great EC to have because it shows dedication, commitment, community service, etc. Not to mention that there's a certain good-citizen Eagle scout stereotype that can't hurt. :)

    1,000 hours of community service! WOW! That's definitely a plus! I would l try to note that and any other major achievements linked to your BSA career.

    All in all, in addition to strong grades and other EC involvement, it's definitely a plus. If it's your sole strong EC, it'll be better than most ECs for sure.
  • Thierr2012Thierr2012 Registered User Posts: 3 New Member

    I'm an Eagle Scout Class of 2010. I'm a senior in high school as well as in the process of applying to colleges. I have learned from my Scout Master (who's son went to Columbia University) and many others that Eagle Scout is a HUGE deal, especially when applying to colleges and finding a job.

    I have been to numerous college fairs in my local area and every time I mention that I'm a "Eagle Scout" the college admission person's face expression really lights up. It's like a major turn on to them. And they always will ask you what was your project (mine was to install smoke detectors in the inner city area of Downtown Orlando where income is low and they may not have money to buy smoke detectors. I also informed over 100 residents about fire safety). So yes please mention Eagle Scout on your college application, essay, resume, etc. because that's a real stand out. It shows you are an committed individual and hard working (because as all scouts know, it is not easy to get to Eagle Scouts, Great honor!)

    Also mention it in job interviews. I have experience this first hand. During my interview for an internship for an Engineering firm I happen to mention the fact that I was an Eagle Scout and the president of the company hired me that same afternoon (mined you, it was only for a summer internship position, but HEY I still got the job that summer, lol.) And many engineers and lawyers that I have talked to said that they would definitely hire the guy that has "Eagle Scout" on his job application/resume oppose to the guy that doesn't.

    But all in all, I wish you the best and I apologize for the extent of this reply, I just got really excited because this is a HUGE deal. Good Luck!!
  • andrewts585andrewts585 Registered User Posts: 70 Junior Member
    @ Bookworm934, Wow, congratulations! Keep working on the Gold Award! That's awesome. Tell your brother congratulations from me, also. It is an extracurricular that has strong meaning to me, so I will make sure it stands out on my applications.

    @ Thierr2012, Thank you so much for the great detail of your reply! Answers like that are always astounding. To hear such reassuring words definitely boosts my confidence that others do recognize the achievements of Eagle Scouts. Congratulations on getting your award. I am also a Class of 2010 Eagle Scout recipient.
  • childishchildish Registered User Posts: 113 Junior Member
    Hi, I too am an Eagle Scout, and have also earned the Bronze and Gold Palms.

    From what I've been told, if you're applying to a top school, most applicants are Eagle Scouts (or have earned their Gold Award in Girl Scouts). I'm not sure if this is true or not, which is why I went on to earn my bronze and gold palms instead of stopping once I got my eagle award.

    I hope having the award does count though, as I just submitted my application this past sunday and I need all the EC's I can get haha
  • PnutterPnutter Registered User Posts: 28 New Member
    It sucks that the boy scouts of america openly discriminate against homosexuals, atheists and agnostics, eh?
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