Scout for life: Greensboro man, 103, is the nation’s oldest living Eagle Scout

Ninety years ago, Dick Douglas became an Eagle Scout and now holds the honor of being the country's oldest living Eagle Scout as he poses for a portrait in Greensboro, NC on Sept. 16, 2015. (H.Scott Hoffmann)

Ninety years ago, Dick Douglas became an Eagle Scout and now holds the honor of being the country’s oldest living Eagle Scout as he poses for a portrait in Greensboro, NC on Sept. 16, 2015. (H.Scott Hoffmann)

GREENSBORO, N.C. – During the early 1900s, when Dick Douglas was a small child, his dad was chairman of the Court of Honor for the Boy Scouts, and his mother was a merit badge examiner, according to The Greensboro News & Record.

“I was accustomed to having Boy Scouts come to our home all the time, so from as young as I can remember, I wanted to be a Boy Scout,” said Douglas, now 103. “During that time period, you had to be 12 to join because there was no Cub Scouts.”

So, on his 12th birthday, he joined the Boy Scouts of America, starting a long and prosperous career in scouting that led to his becoming an Eagle Scout, writing four books about scouting and serving as a scoutmaster and member of the Board of Directors of the General Greene Council of Boy Scouts.

Ninety-one years later, Douglas is receiving national recognition for his devotion to Boy Scouts. On Thursday, he will receive the Distinguished Eagle Scout Award at a special ceremony at Wellspring Retirement Community, where he and his wife, Ruth, live.

Read full story: The Greensboro News & Record

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