Eagle Scout is the highest rank attainable in the Boy Scouting program of the Boy Scouts of America (BSA). Those who attain this rank are called an Eagle Scout or Eagle. Requirements include earning at least 21 merit badges and demonstrating Scout Spirit, service, and leadership. This includes an extensive service project that the Scout plans, organizes, leads, and manages. The title of Eagle Scout is held for life, thus giving rise to the phrase "Once an Eagle, always an Eagle".
Neil Armstrong, Gerald Ford, Donald Rumsfeld, and Steven Spielberg have come to be well noted, prestigious, and respectable in the American society. Yet each unique in his own way, the one common factor that links all of these men together is their experience in the Boy Scouts of America. Each of them has risen through the ranks to become an Eagle Scout. It is a rank that only 0.512 percent of all males achieve. I am proud to say that I am a part of this small percentage. Several years after enrolling in Cub Scouts I became a Boy Scout. I then had to fulfill requirements in the areas of independence, leadership, and service as I advanced through the ranks of Tenderfoot, Second Class, First Class, Star, Life, and soon Eagle. As I progressed through the ranks, the Boy Scouts developed my sense of self and allowed me to interact with unfamiliar people in unfamiliar places. I was tested both mentally and physically in order to shape my character. Penn State’s leadership opportunities are varied and abundant. I will take these skills of working with people I do not know and lead wherever I need be. I could only hope to lead with as much charisma as the men above.