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The world needs more Eagle Scouts

posted Feb 6, 2019, 1:07 PM by Troop140 Admin   [ updated Feb 6, 2019, 1:10 PM ]

and 2017 delivered in a big way.

Exactly 55,494 young men became Eagle Scouts that year. That’s the most in a single year since 2013, and it’s the fourth-biggest Eagle Scout class in history (trailing 2012, 2010 and 2013).

That’s a lot of Eagle Scouts.

How many Eagle Scout service project hours were recorded in 2017?

Eagle Scouts and their volunteers completed 8,461,760 hours of service in 2017. That works out to about 152.5 hours per project.

Some might call that amount of service to communities “priceless.” But, in fact, you can put a price on it.

At the current “value of volunteer time” rate of $24.14 per hour, that works out to $204.3 million worth of service to communities.