These Are the Presidents Who Were Boy Scouts (and How Donald Trump Compares)

Usually, rising to the office of president requires hard work, dedication, and a singular focus on the goal at hand. The same can be said of becoming an Eagle Scout.

Not all presidents were officially Boy Scouts in their youth, but each has served as an honorary Scout during his time in office and has supported the organization in some way. The earliest presidents weren’t Scouts simply because scouting wasn’t founded until 1910. In fact, the first Boy Scout to eventually become president (page 10) may surprise you. Only one president (page 13) was an Eagle Scout.

Ahead, discover the presidents who were Boy Scouts and find out if Donald Trump made the cut.

1. Theodore Roosevelt

Theodore Roosevelt

He was an honorary vice president of the Boy Scouts. | Hulton Archive/Getty Images

  • “More and more I have grown to believe in the Boy Scout movement. I regard it as one of the movements most full of promise for the future here in America.”

Even though Teddy Roosevelt’s term was over before the Boy Scouts of America was officially founded, he was later elected honorary vice president and was the only person ever named Chief Scout Citizen.

Next: William Howard Taft

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