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Famous People You Didn't Know Were Boy Scouts

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A list of famous people who were real-life scouts. This crowdranked list includes celebrities, politicians and other notable personalities who, at a young age, joined the scouts. We also have female celebrities who were girl scouts. Honor, courage, leadership, loyalty and cheerfulness are just some of the values taught by organizations like the Boy Scouts of America, which has been around since 1910. The traditions and values of Boy Scouts, Cub Scouts, and Eagle Scouts have been handed down to generations of young men all over the world. A lot of the famous boy scouts on the list below can trace their success to lessons learned from their scouting days. Celebs who were once Boy Scouts include Mike Rowe, Neil Armstrong, and Michael Jordan. 

Included in the gallery are past and present world leaders, leading entrepreneurs, Hollywood leading men, award-winning directors, world class athletes and even rock and roll royalty. The list does not include fictional scouts or stars who have only dressed up in a scout uniform. The following men were scouts in their youth and many were eagle scouts in their teenage years. The mission of groups like the Boy Scouts of America and the British Boy Scouts is to foster moral strength, promote citizenship and raise boys to grow up into physically and mentally fit men. They earn merit badges upon completing lessons about crafts, sports, environmental care and other practical tips like tying knots. Most recently, the Boy Scouts lifted its ban on gays and are now allowing every young man no matter his sexual orientation to join. 

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  • Martin Luther King, Jr. - Boy Scout
    Photo: Marion S. Trikosko / Wikimedia Commons / Public domain
    Troop 151, Atlanta, GA
    Martin Luther King Jr. (January 15, 1929 – April 4, 1968) was an American Baptist minister and activist who became the most visible spokesperson and leader in the civil rights movement from 1955 until his assassination in 1968. Born in Atlanta, King is best known for advancing civil rights through nonviolence and civil disobedience, tactics his Christian beliefs and the nonviolent activism of Mahatma Gandhi helped inspire. King led the 1955 Montgomery bus boycott and in 1957 became the first president of the Southern Christian Leadership Conference (SCLC). With the SCLC, he led an unsuccessful 1962 struggle against segregation in Albany, Georgia, and helped organize the nonviolent 1963... more on Wikipedia
    • Age: Dec. at 39 (1929-1968)
    • Birthplace: Atlanta, GA

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  • George Harvey Strait Sr. (born May 18, 1952) is an American country music singer, songwriter, actor, and music producer. George Strait is known as the "King of Country" and is considered one of the most influential and popular recording artists of all time. He is known for his neotraditionalist country style, cowboy look, and being one of the first and main country artists to bring country music back to its roots and away from the pop country era in the 1980s. Strait's success began when his first single "Unwound" was a hit in 1981. During the 1980s, seven of his albums reached number one on the country charts. In the 2000s, Strait was named Artist of the Decade by the Academy of Country... more on Wikipedia
    • Age: 68
    • Birthplace: Poteet, TX

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  • Troop 2 - Bronxville, NY (1929-1931)
    John Fitzgerald Kennedy (May 29, 1917 – November 22, 1963), often referred to by initials JFK and Jack, was an American politician who served as the 35th president of the United States from January 1961 until his assassination in November 1963. Kennedy served at the height of the Cold War, and the majority of his work as president dealt with managing relations with the Soviet Union and Cuba. A Democrat, Kennedy represented Massachusetts in the U.S. House of Representatives and Senate prior to becoming president. Kennedy was born in Brookline, Massachusetts, and graduated from Harvard University in 1940, before joining the U.S. Naval Reserve the following year. During World War II, he... more on Wikipedia
    • Age: Dec. at 46 (1917-1963)
    • Birthplace: Brookline, MA

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  • Hank Aaron
    Photo: Chris Evans / flickr / CC-BY 2.0
    Henry Louis Aaron (born February 5, 1934), nicknamed "Hammer" or "Hammerin' Hank," is a retired American Major League Baseball (MLB) right fielder who serves as the senior vice president of the Atlanta Braves. He played 21 seasons for the Milwaukee/Atlanta Braves in the National League (NL) and two seasons for the Milwaukee Brewers in the American League (AL), from 1954 through 1976. Aaron held the MLB record for career home runs for 33 years, and he still holds several MLB offensive records. He hit 24 or more home runs every year from 1955 through 1973, and is one of only two players to hit 30 or more home runs in a season at least fifteen times. In 1999, The Sporting News ranked Aaron... more on Wikipedia
    • Age: 86
    • Birthplace: Mobile, Alabama, United States of America

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