40th Anniversary of the Moon Walk

There is so much being made of the 40th anniversary of the moonwalk going on this week (rightly so).  Here’s some more facts you might not have heard:

The Boy Scouts of America teaches young people to be good citizens and trains them to become leaders. These qualities are also found in the U.S. astronaut program.

Of the 312 pilots and scientists selected as astronauts since 1959, at least 207 have been identified as having been Scouts or active in Scouting.  The list includes:

  • 39 Eagle Scouts
  • 25 Life Scouts
  • 14 Star Scouts
  • 26 First Class Scouts
  • 17 Second Class Scouts
  • 13 Tenderfoot Scouts
  • 3 Explorers
  • 10 Webelos Scouts
  • 25 Cub Scouts
  • 1 King’s Scout
  • 2 Wolf Scouts
  • 32 with unknown ranks, including 27 who were Girl Scouts.

Of the 27 men to travel to the moon on the Apollo 9 through Apollo 17 missions, 24 were Scouts, including 11 of the 12 men who physically walked on the moon’s surface, and all three members of the crew of Apollo 13.

All three of the astronauts who died in the Apollo 1 fire, four of the seven who died in the Challenger launch explosion, and five of the seven who died in the Columbia re-entry explosion were Scouts.


This week makes me proud to be both an American and a Boy Scout.