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Boy Scout Troop 485 Jax, FL -
"Delivering the Promise"

Scouts in Space

Lets look at some numbers first. Approximately 10% of America's youth is in scouting. 

Of the 293 former and current Astronauts 201 where former scouts. (about 70%)

39 Eagle Scouts  (about 13% )

11 of the 12 astronauts who walked on the moon were scouts. Two were Eagle Scouts. If Apollo 13 had landed on the moon, Jim Lovell, an Eagle Scout, would have been the third.

The Apollo 12 space mission was the second mission to the moon and flew from November 14 to November 24, 1969 .

The three astronauts that went to the moon presented a plaque to President Nixon when they returned to earth.  The plaque was a simple one, but special, since it too, flew to the moon and back with the astronauts.  The plaque had the BSA logo, the Apollo 13 Mission Patch, and the  Space Exploration Merit Badge and looked like this:



Apollo 12 -- Scouts in space   11/14/1969  11/ 24/69

Charles Conrad Jr.�Cub Scout 
Richard Gordan�Star Scout 
Alan Bean -- 1st Class Scout 



Nixon said that as he looked at that plaque, he thought �These men went to the moon, one of the greatest achievements in the history of mankind, and the one thing they wanted to bring was something that showed they were once Scouts.  No matter where they went, or how old they were, they remembered their time as Scouts."

Space Shuttle Columbia - In Remembrance  

All Americans on the crew were in Scouting.

Commander Rick Husband
Pilot William McCool
Payload Commander Michael Anderson
Mission Specialist David Brown 
Mission Specialist Laurel Clark

 2nd Class Scout
 Eagle Scout
 Girl Scout