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

Bettina Dizon
Apr 12, 2020
12:30 P.M.

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

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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.

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.

American clergyman and civil rights campaigner Martin Luther King (1929 - 1968). | Source: Getty Images

American clergyman and civil rights campaigner Martin Luther King (1929 - 1968). | Source: Getty Images

BILL CLINTON

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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.

Bill Clinton attends the 'Life Ball 2013 - Show' at City Hall. | Source: Getty Images

Bill Clinton attends the 'Life Ball 2013 - Show' at City Hall. | Source: Getty Images

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.

Barack & Michelle Obama await the arrival of British Prime Minister David Cameron and his wife Samantha at the White House. | Source: Getty Images

Barack & Michelle Obama await the arrival of British Prime Minister David Cameron and his wife Samantha at the White House. | Source: Getty Images

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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.

George Takei at the Phoenix Comicon in Phoenix, Arizona. | Source: Wikimedia Commons

George Takei at the Phoenix Comicon in Phoenix, Arizona. | Source: Wikimedia Commons

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.

 Steven Spielberg at the 2011 San Diego Comic-Con International. | Source: Wikimedia Commons

Steven Spielberg at the 2011 San Diego Comic-Con International. | Source: Wikimedia Commons

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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.

Andy Griffith and Sue Ane Langdon from the television program :The Andy Griffith Show. | Source: Wikimedia Commons

Andy Griffith and Sue Ane Langdon from the television program :The Andy Griffith Show. | Source: Wikimedia Commons

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.

Walter Cronkite hosting the 61st Annual Peabody Awards Luncheon. | Source: Wikimedia Commons

Walter Cronkite hosting the 61st Annual Peabody Awards Luncheon. | Source: Wikimedia Commons

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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.

A portrait of Donald Rumsfeld, United States Secretary of Defense. | Source: Wikimedia Commons

A portrait of Donald Rumsfeld, United States Secretary of Defense. | Source: Wikimedia Commons

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.

Kate Middleton attends the Commonwealth Day Service 2020 at Westminster Abbey. | Source: Getty Images

Kate Middleton attends the Commonwealth Day Service 2020 at Westminster Abbey. | Source: Getty Images

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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.

Princess Anne, Princess Royal officially opens the UK Hydrographic Office headquarters. | Source: Getty Images

Princess Anne, Princess Royal officially opens the UK Hydrographic Office headquarters. | Source: Getty Images

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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.

Michael Jordan at the National Basketball Association's board of governors meeting. | Source: Wikimedia Commons

Michael Jordan at the National Basketball Association's board of governors meeting. | Source: Wikimedia Commons

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.

Harrison Ford, 2009. | Source: Wikimedia Commons

Harrison Ford, 2009. | Source: Wikimedia Commons

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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

Queen Elizabeth II arrives at St Peter and St Paul church, in West Newton, Norfolk, to attend a Sunday service. | Source: Getty Images

Queen Elizabeth II arrives at St Peter and St Paul church, in West Newton, Norfolk, to attend a Sunday service. | Source: Getty Images

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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