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driftingtotheright
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posted 03-04-2007 06:49 PM           Edit/Delete Message   Reply w/Quote
Which early astronauts (M/G/A) were Eagle Scouts, and who in this forum are Eagles?

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posted 03-04-2007 06:56 PM     Click Here to See the Profile for Robert Pearlman   Click Here to Email Robert Pearlman     Edit/Delete Message   Reply w/Quote
Per the Boy Scouts of America, the following Mercury, Gemini and Apollo astronauts were Eagle Scouts:
  • Neil Armstrong
  • Jerry Carr
  • Roger Chaffee
  • Charlie Duke
  • Donn Eisele
  • Jim Lovell
  • Brian O'Leary
  • Elliot See

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posted 03-05-2007 12:33 PM     Click Here to See the Profile for tegwilym   Click Here to Email tegwilym     Edit/Delete Message   Reply w/Quote
I barely made it to Tenderfoot. Yeah, I was pretty pathetic as a Boy Scout!

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posted 03-06-2007 04:51 AM     Click Here to See the Profile for sngldad   Click Here to Email sngldad     Edit/Delete Message   Reply w/Quote
Eagle from the 60's. One son is Eagle from 90's. I collect space, aviation, submarine, and Disney items. He has a masters in aerospace engineering and is training for duty on nuclear submarines. Go figure.

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posted 03-06-2007 11:41 AM     Click Here to See the Profile for Lunar rock nut   Click Here to Email Lunar rock nut     Edit/Delete Message   Reply w/Quote
My Dad was a Scout Master (Troop 199), both my older brothers became Explorers. I rebelled and bailed out at age 15 and started chasing girls...

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posted 03-06-2007 01:07 PM     Click Here to See the Profile for dss65   Click Here to Email dss65     Edit/Delete Message   Reply w/Quote
I went as high as Life. I still treasure the experience and have used the lessons learned constantly through life. My thanks to all who have donated their time to scouting.

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posted 03-06-2007 05:46 PM     Click Here to See the Profile for Glint   Click Here to Email Glint     Edit/Delete Message   Reply w/Quote
I'm an eagle from some time back in the 1970's.

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posted 03-06-2007 06:22 PM     Click Here to See the Profile for Robert Pearlman   Click Here to Email Robert Pearlman     Edit/Delete Message   Reply w/Quote
My father was an Eagle scout and I was following the same path up until his death. Afterwards, I just couldn't find the spirit to continue.

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posted 03-06-2007 10:40 PM     Click Here to See the Profile for LoneStarScouter   Click Here to Email LoneStarScouter     Edit/Delete Message   Reply w/Quote
I was never a scout as a kid but I have three boys in scouts and I am a leader both at pack level and district level. My youngest son is a Wolf and my other two are in boy scouts.

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posted 03-07-2007 04:59 AM     Click Here to See the Profile for micropooz   Click Here to Email micropooz     Edit/Delete Message   Reply w/Quote
Eagle - 1973.

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posted 03-07-2007 08:46 PM     Click Here to See the Profile for RocketmanRob   Click Here to Email RocketmanRob     Edit/Delete Message   Reply w/Quote
Eagle - 1986

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posted 03-07-2007 11:11 PM     Click Here to See the Profile for cfreeze79   Click Here to Email cfreeze79     Edit/Delete Message   Reply w/Quote
Eagle Scout - With two Silver (and one Bronze) Palms - 1995

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posted 03-12-2007 10:08 AM     Click Here to See the Profile for BMckay   Click Here to Email BMckay     Edit/Delete Message   Reply w/Quote
I am not (was a webelo) but my boys are 1st class scouts. They will be heading off to Philmont next year (2008) and I am thinking of going? Anyone been before? We might be hosting a Scouts in Space event to raise money for the trip.

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posted 03-12-2007 11:48 AM     Click Here to See the Profile for MCroft04   Click Here to Email MCroft04     Edit/Delete Message   Reply w/Quote
I was not a Boy Scout, but my son is an Eagle. I made it to Philmont once (not for the regular program, but just for a couple days). Go if you have the opportunity, it is a beautiful place. I was an assistant Scoutmaster for > 10 years (not looking for pats on the back, I got plenty out of the program). Here's a hint for your sons; push them (within reason) to make Eagle by age 15, 16 at the latest before the girl bug really takes over their lives. I do recall teaching the Space merit badge. One of the best programs in the world, and when I retire (June 1, 2007!!!) I will once again get involved with the Boy Scouts.

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posted 09-04-2007 10:32 AM     Click Here to See the Profile for cddfspace   Click Here to Email cddfspace     Edit/Delete Message   Reply w/Quote
Made it to first class - then we moved and we could not locate a troop. By the time we had found one, I had lost interest.

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posted 09-04-2007 03:38 PM     Click Here to See the Profile for NASA Glenn   Click Here to Email NASA Glenn     Edit/Delete Message   Reply w/Quote
Eagle Scout & Order of the Arrow 1980

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posted 09-04-2007 03:40 PM     Click Here to See the Profile for tegwilym   Click Here to Email tegwilym     Edit/Delete Message   Reply w/Quote
Tenderfoot! (Tom ducks out in shame)

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posted 09-04-2007 03:48 PM     Click Here to See the Profile for Robert Pearlman   Click Here to Email Robert Pearlman     Edit/Delete Message   Reply w/Quote
My father was an Eagle and I was on my way to follow in his footsteps when he passed away. As my connection to the scouts was through him, the desire to continue quickly faded. Somewhere inside a box in New Jersey are several albums full of badges and jamboree patches dating back to when my father was a boy through the events we attended together.

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posted 09-04-2007 04:22 PM     Click Here to See the Profile for ea757grrl   Click Here to Email ea757grrl     Edit/Delete Message   Reply w/Quote
Was never a Girl Scout (they wouldn't want me; among other things, I cuss way too much) but my beloved is an Eagle Scout, so there's one not far from me.

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posted 10-15-2007 05:56 PM     Click Here to See the Profile for dsenechal   Click Here to Email dsenechal     Edit/Delete Message   Reply w/Quote
I have very little knowledge about Scouting, so I'm hoping someone may be able to help a long-time friend. His son just completed his Eagle Scout project, and he would like to write to an astronaut (presumably someone closely associated with scouting) hoping for a reply letter to include in his Eagle Book. Anyone have any knowledge about this, and some names that I might provide?

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posted 10-16-2007 03:56 PM     Click Here to See the Profile for Cliff Lentz   Click Here to Email Cliff Lentz     Edit/Delete Message   Reply w/Quote
Never quite made Eagle Scout although I did get to one level below that, Life Scout. I had a reoccurring problem with a required merit badge of Lifesaving. I was only an average swimmer and since there's only three months of summer here, I never developed further. Of course discovering girls didn't help with my progression either.

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posted 10-16-2007 09:17 PM     Click Here to See the Profile for dss65   Click Here to Email dss65     Edit/Delete Message   Reply w/Quote
Rest assured that discovering girls kept more than one Scout from keeping the motivation up to go for Eagle.

Sort of regret it, though. I could have been the first one from my troop. A friend of mine later earned that distinction. Good for him, and good for all others who did so. I was, however, in the first group (2 of us) from my troop to make Order of the Arrow. (My father was OA, too.) I still treasure that above most other honors that I have received in my life. Great memories.

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posted 10-17-2007 08:42 AM     Click Here to See the Profile for Max Q   Click Here to Email Max Q     Edit/Delete Message   Reply w/Quote
Can I ask what one has to do to become an Eagle Scout. I was a Scout in Australia for years and the term means nothing to me.

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posted 10-17-2007 10:09 AM     Click Here to See the Profile for MCroft04   Click Here to Email MCroft04     Edit/Delete Message   Reply w/Quote
New scouts begin by earning rank; from Tenderfoot, 2nd Class, 1st Class, Star, Life, and then Eagle. Each rank has specific requirements (camping, leadership, merrit badges that must be earned, etc) but obviously the requirements become more stringent with each rank. To earn Eagle Scout an individual project is required; usually a community project (e.g. adding benches to a retirement home, honoring fallen police officers with a memorial, my son landscaped the yard at a house for homeless girls, etc, etc). Letters of reccomendation are also required. Plus with the higher ranks a board of review is required. These requirements may have changed a bit as I have not been active for a few years. Suffice it to say that earning the rank of Eagle Scout requires a lot of work and dedication. Plus there is a bit of a military style to the scouts (earning higher ranks, leadership, falling out into formation, forced marching, etc), so I think it's easy to see why so many of the astronauts were drawn to the scouts, and made Eagle.

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posted 10-17-2007 02:32 PM     Click Here to See the Profile for ejectr   Click Here to Email ejectr     Edit/Delete Message   Reply w/Quote
I made it to Star scout. Then during a scouting jamboree, me and my buddy got kicked out for cherry bombing the Canadian scouts tent at night for not trading their brand new Canadian Maple Leaf flag for our U.S. flag.

Seemed like a good trade to me.

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posted 10-17-2007 04:48 PM     Click Here to See the Profile for Robert Pearlman   Click Here to Email Robert Pearlman     Edit/Delete Message   Reply w/Quote
quote:
Originally posted by dsenechal:
His son just completed his Eagle Scout project, and he would like to write to an astronaut (presumably someone closely associated with scouting) hoping for a reply letter to include in his Eagle Book.
I would suggest that he focus his requests on shuttle-era astronauts who were scouts, some of whom are still in the program. Unfortunately, due to abuse of their generosity, many of the earlier astronauts have ceased responding to such requests.

Also, he can receive a congratulatory letter on behalf of all of NASA from the Administrator.

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posted 10-17-2007 07:40 PM     Click Here to See the Profile for Max Q   Click Here to Email Max Q     Edit/Delete Message   Reply w/Quote
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Originally posted by MCroft04:
New scouts begin by earning rank; from Tenderfoot, 2nd Class, 1st Class, Star, Life, and then Eagle.
Thanks Mel for the very informative response. I have often wondered, now I shall wonder no more.

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posted 10-18-2007 12:56 PM     Click Here to See the Profile for Jake   Click Here to Email Jake     Edit/Delete Message   Reply w/Quote
quote:
Originally posted by Robert Pearlman:
Per the Boy Scouts of America, the following Mercury, Gemini and Apollo astronauts were Eagle Scouts: Neil Armstrong
Giving dual meaning to the phrase "the Eagle has landed".

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posted 01-14-2010 10:46 AM     Click Here to See the Profile for garymilgrom   Click Here to Email garymilgrom     Edit/Delete Message   Reply w/Quote
A scouting friend has asked me to find out if all the moonwalkers were Eagle Scouts - apparently he has heard that they were. Anyone know or can point me to an article for him?

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posted 01-14-2010 11:31 AM     Click Here to See the Profile for BMckay   Click Here to Email BMckay     Edit/Delete Message   Reply w/Quote
Try this: Astronauts With Scouting Experience

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posted 01-14-2010 01:31 PM     Click Here to See the Profile for garymilgrom   Click Here to Email garymilgrom     Edit/Delete Message   Reply w/Quote
Thank you!

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I made it to Star, then I found girls.

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posted 01-19-2010 11:24 AM     Click Here to See the Profile for BMckay   Click Here to Email BMckay     Edit/Delete Message   Reply w/Quote
For all you scouts, on February 13, 2010 at Kennedy Space Center, they will be hosting a Scout Day. Not sure as to the special guest but it will include activities and other stuff.

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Eagle Scout - 1981. Space Fan - Entire Life!

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Star and Order of the Arrow - 1970s.


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