Who was the only U.S. President ever to be an Eagle Scout?
Answer: Gerald R. Ford, our 38th president and the only Eagle Scout to ascend to the most powerful post in the country. Ford, who earned the Eagle Scout award in 1927 as a member of Troop 15 in Grand Rapids, Michigan, went on to receive the Distinguished Eagle Scout Award in 1970. When Ford died in December 2006, his family requested an honor guard of 200 Eagle Scouts. In fact, 400 Eagle Scouts — age 15 to 85 — showed up to line the road to his presidential museum in Grand Rapids. A fitting memorial to the man who once said, “One of the proudest moments of my life came in the court of honor when I was awarded the Eagle Scout badge. I still have that badge. It is a treasured possession.”
Gerald Ford was the first Eagle Scout to become vice president and later president. He began his Scouting career on December 17, 1924. As president, he received the Scouter of the Year Award on December 2, 1974, from the National Capitol Area Council in Washington, D.C.