Four Generations Prove They Have the “Eagle Scout Edge”

Eagle Scout EdgeWhat’s the key to having a leg up on the competition for job searches or college applications? According to a four-generation family of Eagle Scouts from the Michigan Crossroads Council, the answer is clear – it’s the “Eagle Scout edge”.

Scouting has played a significant role in the accomplishments of John T., his father, sons and grandsons, all Eagles and successful leaders. In fact, the family cites Scouting for launching them into careers in business and athletics.

“The Scouting program in itself goes a long way toward helping people,” explained John to The Traverse Ticker, noting independence, motivation, commitment and maturity as just a few of the characteristics inherent to Eagle Scouts.

Throughout John’s 32-year career with Dow Corning, he’s hired many people, but it was the Eagle Scouts who always had the advantage.

“You know what you’re getting,” he said. All other qualities being equal, he says it was the Eagle Scout who he was certain would be reliable and dependable, with self-worth and a sense of purpose. John says Scouts also have an advantage with team-building, whether in college or a career, where collaboration and leadership are essential.

An example of the Eagle edge in action, John’s grandson exemplifies the commitment and discipline fostered in Scouting on his path to college. After earning both a swimming and academic scholarship to the University of Arizona, the grandson will also try out for a place on the U.S. Olympic swim team in June.

Despite all of the extracurricular options and challenges youth face today, John urges parents to consider introducing their children to Scouting. He says Scouting provides not only a foundation for leaders, it also provides “an edge, an advantage long after other things are gone.”

Read the full story on this family of Eagles with a penchant for success by visiting The Traverse Ticker.


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Hayley Cordaro is a communications specialist at the Boy Scouts of America. She loves sharing inspiring success stories and uncovering new ways volunteers and employees can make the most of their Scouting experience. If you have story ideas or questions, reach out to us at