Did You Know? Scouts Were the First People on the Moon!
Did You Know -
The first two men to walk on the moon were Scouts?
On this day in 1969, Eagle Scout Neil Armstrong and Edwin "Buzz" Aldrin (Tenderfoot) became the first men to walk on the moon!
Scouting’s focus on STEM and leadership skills helped prepare NASA astronauts to explore the cosmos. Just think what the program can do for your son or daughter.
Of the 312 pilots and scientists selected as astronauts since 1959, at least 207 have been identified as having been Scouts or active in Scouting. The list includes 39 Eagle Scouts, 25 Life Scouts, 14 Star Scouts, 26 First Class Scouts, 17 Second Class Scouts, 13 Tenderfoot Scouts, 3 Explorers, 25 Cub Scouts, 10 Webelos Scouts, 1 King’s Scout, 2 Wolf Scouts, and 32 with unknown ranks, including 27 who were Girl Scouts.
Of the 24 men to travel to the moon on the Apollo 9 through Apollo 17 missions , 21 were Scouts, including 10 of the 12 men who physically walked on the moon's surface, and all three members of the crew of Apollo 13. Three travelled to the Moon twice.
Neil Armstrong, the first man to walk on the moon on July 20, 1969, is an Eagle Scout, and has also been recognized with Scouting’s Distinguished Eagle Scout award and Silver Buffalo award.
Today’s Scouts are exposed to astronomy, and can earn merit badges in Astronomy, Space Exploration, Inventing and Model Design and Building.