"...every thing which inviteth to do good, and to persuade to believe in Christ, is sent forth by the power and gift of Christ; wherefore ye may know with a perfect knowledge it is of God." - Moroni 7:16
Many of you probably saw the mentions in Scouting magazine about the recent Baylor study that compared Eagle Scouts, former Scouts and non-Scouts as adults in various social, physical and spiritual aspects. You can read a more detailed accounting of the results here.
As Byron Johnson put it, "There is no shortage of examples or anecdotal accounts that suggest
Scouting produces better citizens, but now there is scientific evidence
to confirm the prosocial benefits of Scouting or earning the rank of
Eagle Scout..." (source)
Scouting definitely invites men to do good. What about believing in Christ? According to Elder Vaughn J. Featherstone more than 90 percent of LDS Eagles serve full-time missions.* (source)
President Hinkley said, "The promise of the Scout Oath and the twelve points of the Scout Law
point young men along the path of being prepared for the 21st century.
They provide a solid and powerful magnetic force toward development of a
well-rounded and noteworthy character that counts. If every boy [and
girl] in America knew and observed the Scout Oath, we would do away with
most of the jails and prisons in this country." (source)
And Baden-Powell said, "I have clearly stated that our objective in the Scouting movement is to give such help as we can in bringing about God's Kingdom on earth." (source)
*It is important to note that the act of receiving an Eagle badge does not automatically make a boy a better person. It is the journey required to get there, and when we push a boy through or "pencil whip" his requirements, we are doing him a disservice. According to the same article sourced just above, only 6% of LDS Scouts earn the Eagle, and only 2% of non-LDS Scouts earn it. Just because a boy does not earn his Eagle does not mean he has not learned or grown as a Scout. President Monson said, "However, we should not put down the young man who does not achieve
that high award, but give him credit for the effort he has made."The goal is not a badge; it is to persuade them to do good and help them develop their testimonies of Christ.