Rex Tillerson grew up as a Scout in Troop 20 in Stillwater, Oklahoma. His father, a professional with the Boy Scouts of America, instilled the values of Scouting in Rex from an early age. Rex Tillerson earned the Eagle Scout Rank at age 13 in 1965 and was later named a Distinguished Eagle Scout by the National Council of the Boy Scouts of America.
In college, at the University of Texas at Austin, Tillerson was a member of Alpha Phi Omega, a fraternity which (at the time) only admitted Boy Scouts. He continued serving Scouting as a Cubmaster and Scoutmaster to his four sons, the youngest of which is a third-generation Tillerson family Eagle Scout.
Tillerson served on the Board of Directors for the Boy Scouts of America and as the National President of the BSA from 2010 to 2012. In 2010 he received Scouting’s highest award: The Silver Buffalo presented to a volunteer.
At the Atlanta Area Council’s Golden Eagle Luncheon, Rex Tillerson recounted his Scouting experiences and discussed the value of Scouting for the youth of America. “What struck me,” he said, “…is how little things have changed in the time since I was a Scout…And what Scouting does is give these experiences to young people at the most definitive period in their life.”
“It really was the values of Scouting that made me who I am and made me successful,” Tillerson told the audience.
During his address he stressed the importance of Scouting and its values at this particular moment in American history. He also stressed that Scouting can deeply impact any boy even if he is only involved in the program for a short period of time. “The greatest gift that Scouting can give to this country,” Tillerson says, “is a generation of quality citizens who know how to treat each other and care about each other.”
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Rex Tillerson is an Eagle Scout and the former National President of the Boy Scouts of America. He currently serves as CEO of ExxonMobil. He has been nominated as the Secretary of State.