1. As of 2011, what percentage of Scouts registered with Boy Scouts of America belonged to LDS Church-sponsored units?

2. Which 2012 Republican presidential candidate is both a Latter-day Saint and an Eagle Scout?

3. Which church president had an early calling as a ward Scoutmaster and thereafter went on to be awarded Boy Scouts of America's three highest honors for adult leaders, the Silver Beaver, Silver Antelope and Silver Buffalo awards?

4. Before the LDS Church linked its Scouting endeavors with Boy Scouts of America (BSA), what three-letter acronym was used to identify Latter-day Saint Scouts?

5. Which church president, as a teenager, lost a race against a fellow Scout to become the first boy in the state of Idaho to achieve his Eagle Scout rank?

6. Which famous Latter-day Saint inventor did not receive his Eagle Scout award until 25 years after his death?

7. What year did LDS Church leaders designate Scouting to be the official activity program for Aaronic Priesthood-age boys?

8. Which LDS Church auxiliary president was the first woman to receive the Silver Buffalo award from Boy Scouts of America?

9. Which Latter-day Saint film star, despite being known for his prodigious "skills," described his Eagle Scout project as being "kind of pathetic" while being interviewed on a national radio program?

10. What LDS Church Scouting program, launched in 1978 and adopted church wide in 1983, was later integrated by Boy Scouts of America?


1) 15 percent. In 2011, LDS Church-sponsored units accounted for roughly 421,000 of BSA's 2.7 million registered Scouts.

2) Jon M. Huntsman Jr. Huntsman, who ended his presidential bid on Jan. 16, 2012, earned his Eagle Scout award in 1975, at age 15. The 2012 Republican presidential nominee, Mitt Romney, did not achieve Eagle Scout rank. As Romney put it to conservative commentator Hugh Hewitt, "I wasn't an Eagle Scout. I should have been, but again I manipulated my mother into not forcing me to go to Scouts."

3) Ezra Taft Benson. Benson was also honored by the World Organization of the Scout Movement, which gave him its Bronze Wolf award.

4) MIA. The nickname came from the larger church program for boys, Young Men Mutual Improvement Association (YMMIA). The church launched its own program, MIA Scouts, on Nov. 29, 1911. At the invitation of BSA's national council, the MIA Scouts were integrated into Boy Scouts of America on May 21, 1913.

5) Howard W. Hunter. Edwin Phipps of Boise, Idaho, was awarded the rank of Eagle just two months before Hunter achieved the same feat, at age 15.

6) Philo T. Farnsworth. The father of television completed all of the Eagle Scout requirements before age 18, but never received his awards. The award was given posthumously to Farnsworth's widow in 2006, more than 80 years after he earned it.

7) 1928. At the time, Scouting was placed under supervision of the Presiding Bishopric, an arrangement that remained in place until 1977, when supervision of Scouting was transferred to the newly formed Young Men Presidency.

8) LaVern W. Parmley. Parmley served as Primary general president in the church for more than 20 years, and became the first woman to serve on a BSA national council in 1967. She was awarded the Silver Buffalo in 1976.

9) Jon Heder. The "Napoleon Dynamite" star told NPR "Weekend Edition" host Audie Cornish in 2010 that, to complete his Eagle Scout requirements, he supervised the construction and installation of a large number of birdhouses at a community park. Heder also told Cornish that all four of his brothers are also Eagle Scouts.

10) Varsity Scouting. Boy Scouts of America formally adopted Varsity Scouting in 1984. Though LDS Church-sponsored Varsity Scout teams are for boys age 14 and 15, the national BSA program is open to boys ages 14 through 18.