On my honor, I will do my best, to do my duty, to God and my country, and to obey the Scout Law, to help other people at all times, to keep myself physically strong, mentally awake, and morally straight. - Scout OathTo most, a Boy Scout is the personification of righteousness, self-sufficiency, and adaptability. In contemporary culture, particularly in the West, the stock images of Boy Scouts are associated with irreproachable conduct, so much so that they have been inordinately branded as Goody Two-Shoes.For the most part, the cliché is well-intentioned and somewhat endearing. For such an interpretation, viewers can refer to the character Russell from the Disney-Pixar movie Up, a Junior Wilderness Explorer who embarks on a quest to secure the “Assisting the Elderly” badge. The nervous, but delightfully bubbly Scout, was quick to capture the hearts of millions upon millions around the world.On the other end of the same spectrum is the stereotype that reduces them to unimaginative conformists, bookish narks, and blind followers. Many Americans have heard the phrase, “He is such a Boy Scout,” in passing, perhaps said with a scoff or followed by a dramatic eyeroll. The Boy Scout trope is frequently woven into movies, TV shows, and other works of fiction as one-dimensional characters. More often than not, they are polite to a fault and depicted as obsessive patch collectors, the hackneyed antithesis of the rebellious protagonist. While most know better, it bears noting that the Boy Scouts are an entity far more well-rounded and proficient than they are often given credit for in America. A reported 85 percent of FBI agents are former Boy Scouts, and NASA reported that of the two dozen men who landed on the moon, 20 were former Scouts, including all three members of Apollo 13 and 11 of the 12 who walked on the moon. Of course, this isn't to say that the organization was the sole reason behind their successes, but 1. Language: English. Narrator: Dan Gallagher. Audio sample: http://samples.audible.de/bk/acx0/136093/bk_acx0_136093_sample.mp3. Digital audiobook in aax.