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April 12, 2020

Michael Jordan, Harrison Ford & Other Celebs Who Were Scouts in Their Younger Years

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For several years, the Boy Scout and Girl Scout organization have been helping mold young individuals to have excellent characteristics, including some celebrities today.

Every event in a person’s childhood played a part in forming who he or she is today, especially one like being part of the scouting organization. Here are a few high-profile individuals who were scouts before.

MARTIN LUTHER KING JR.

Martin Luther King, Jr. was no doubt a legendary civil rights activist for equality among all, who is still looked up to by many. Apart from being a breacher and liberal, he was also a Boy Scout.

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Throughout his life, King exemplified courage for standing up in what he knows is morally and ethically correct, despite the backlash it may have brought.

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BILL CLINTON

Although he became a political liberal with several political and financial scandals, Bill Clinton was a Boy Scout.

He allegedly used the status to rise to office, and eventual presidency, but forgot his roots upon his achievement. However, this isn’t something uncommon for organization members.

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BARACK OBAMA

Another former liberal president, Barack Obama, became a Boy Scout before being elected into the presidency in 2008. He became, undoubtedly, one of the most famous American presidents in history.

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GEORGE TAKEI

George Takei, who appeared in the original “Star Trek” franchise, was a Boy Scout who has been accepted by all age groups in the LGBT community.

Takei was reportedly an influential person when it came to changing requirements for the Boy Scout organization’s acceptance. 

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STEVEN SPIELBERG

There is no doubt that Steven Spielberg is one of the most famous and successful directors in Hollywood history. Like Ford, being a Boy Scout helped Spielberg shape his mentality and outlook in life -- to thrive and work towards excellence. 

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ANDY GRIFFITH

It came as no surprise that Andy Griffith was part of the organization as he always showed what it was like to be an ethical and moral citizen, especially in his role as Sheriff Taylor in the ‘60s.

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WALTER CRONKITE

Walter Cronkite was a legendary journalist who reported the news based on facts without injecting any personal opinions, which projected integrity and honesty from his being a Boy Scout.

He was among the few who was most trusted to deliver the news to America, making him an embodiment of a real scout.

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DONALD RUMSFELD

Donald Rumsfeld was the Secretary of Defense during the presidency of Gerald Ford and George W. Bush, allowing him to be both the youngest and oldest person to hold that position in history.

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KATE MIDDLETON

When Kate Middleton was eight years old, she joined the 1st St. Andrew’s Brownies pack, a part of the Girl Guides organization.

Despite being busy, Middleton still found time to visit the Scout organization, which she hopes her kids take part in soon.

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During her visit, the duchess joined children in a pilot scheme, building boats, and planting an oak sapling to mark the 100th anniversary of the site.

PRINCESS ANNE

Although World War II disbanded the organization, the 1959 reform saw Princess Anne as a member of the Girl Guide troop as a Brownie.

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Being a Girl Guide was a big part of her Majesty’s life, even becoming a patron in 1952 and having two of her bridesmaids as former Guides.

ROBIN ROBERTS

Robin Roberts once replied to a question about being a Girl Scout on Twitter with a big “Yes,” adding that she is a member for life.

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KATIE COURIC

During national Girl Scout Day, Katie Couric took to share her love for being a part of the Girls Scout. She wrote:

“On my honor, I will try, to do my duty to God and my country, to help other people at all times and to obey the Girl Scout laws.”

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MICHAEL JORDAN

NBA star Michael Jordan was once a Boy Scout before he shot up to fame, of course. Although he sometimes gets caught up in political controversies because of his connections, the athlete is generally neutral on issues.

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HARRISON FORD

“Indiana Jones” and “Star Wars” star, Harrison Ford, was both a liberal and a Boy Scout, who projected the traits of Boy Scout in his films.

Among his movies that embodied courage, honor, and loyalty to the country was “Clear and Present Danger,” which showed what the organization is for.

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QUEEN ELIZABETH

Queen Elizabeth’s aunt, Princess Mary, signed her and her sister, Princess Margaret, as a Brownie in 1937. Their mother and aunt were part of the Girl Guides during their younger years and wanted future generations to partake in the organization

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Being a Girl Guide was a big part of her Majesty’s life, even becoming a patron in 1952 and having two of her bridesmaids as former Guides.

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