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How does Boy Scouts look with colleges?
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Hello!

I am Boy Scout and was wondering how colleges look into it.

I am also almost an Eagle Scout and the Senior Patrol Leader of my Troop (the highest elected position).

How would I mention that I am these things?

Thanks!

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8 days ago

I think it depends on how progressive the college is you are applying to. If you are applying to a very liberal school, then I would downplay the whole Boy Scout narrative because it's not seen today as a successful organization that has done a good job in protecting it's members. The more liberal schools will see your long term participation in these with a different lens than say applying to a US Military Academy like the Citadel or West Point where you would probably get bonus points for being a team leader in such an organization that fosters brotherhood and it's traditional rites of passage. I also put in this category of schools that look favorably with Boy Scouts as any sort of college with a religious affiliation such as Boston College, Georgetown, NotreDame, or smaller schools like St. Bonaventure, Siena College, Santa Clara, Wheaton College, Iona, Fordham.

I certainly would list it as an EC but if I had other ones, I might put it in the middle of the list, not at the top of my EC list.

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8 days ago

Definitely put it as an activity on the Common App. The activities section will give you space to talk about your accomplishments. If it is a big part of your application, you will probably want to elaborate on it. I would do this by using the essays to expand on how Boy Scouts has shaped your identity/abilities/values/perspectives. You could also try to get your adult troop leader to write you a supplemental letter of recommendation.

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