In the history of the Boy Scouts, just 4% of members have earned the rank of Eagle Scout. In 2015, Byron was one of 54,366 Eagle Scouts, making it one of the largest classes ever. And he did it virtually every weekend while racing. The most common way for a driver to earn his race car license is through karting, which you can read about here: http://www.nascar.com/news/2015/jul/16/where-can-i-buy-a-stock-car-license-.html.
Byron's father, Bill Elliott, was an Eagle Scout who encouraged his son to join. When asked why more young people don't join the BSA, Bill said, "They think it's only for boys."
Byron first got involved in scouting when he was 8 years old. He went to a camp where they taught him how to drive stock cars on dirt tracks like those found in North Carolina. That's when he decided he wanted to be a driver.
He started out driving go carts at local fairs and camping trips before moving up to small sprint cars. At 15 years old, he moved down to South Carolina and began racing quarter midgets. It took him a year because he had to save up enough money to move down there.
A scan of the NFL's active rosters for 2017 (a total of 1,692 players) brings up at least 11 Eagle Scouts. These young men are living proof that great things can begin in Scouting. Perhaps one day we will see an NFL player who started out in Tiger Cubs.
Here is a list of the current NFL players who were awarded their medals by the National Eagle Scout Association: Tyree Robinson, DB, San Francisco 49ers; Roderick Davis, DL, Buffalo Bills; Mychal Kendricks, LB, Philadelphia Eagles; Shaq Thompson, LB, Washington Redskins; Jaylen Waddle, RB, Cincinnati Bengals; Marcus Williams, CB, New York Jets; Kevin Johnson, S, Cleveland Browns; Calvin Pryor, S, Buffalo Bills; Eric Rowe, CB, Seattle Seahawks.
There are also two players on NFL teams' injured reserve lists who were awarded their Bronze Medal: Zach Martin, DL, Tampa Bay Buccaneers, injured reserve; Ryan Miller, QB, Houston Texans, injured reserve.
Martin and Miller are expected to be back on the field soon after they are healed up from their injuries.
Both men have been very helpful in promoting scouting through their social media accounts. In fact, they are just two of many athletes who have helped raise awareness for the program by creating videos about their experiences as Eagle Scouts.
The BSA's Eagle Scout Service has kept records on every Eagle Scout since 1912. These records are held by the National Scouting Museum in Irving, Texas.
Scouts seek for athletes that have a proven capacity to put up large numbers while still competing in the major competitions. Coaches understand that if an athlete has strong high school grades, they can assist them grow with year-round training. In return, scouts will provide these young people with a chance to develop their skills and compete at the highest level possible.
The main role of a scout is to find new athletes who might not be recognized by coaches or institutions. They do this by going to sporting events and searching for talented players who might otherwise go undiscovered. When they identify such an athlete, they will contact the team or club that owns their rights and work out a payment plan for when/if they sell them. If there's no agreement on a price, the scout will simply keep watching games until someone offers enough money to release him or her from their contract.
Some scouts also have jobs working with children or the elderly, which gives them additional opportunities to spot young athletes. Others work only part-time as scouts, while pursuing a career in another field.
In conclusion, track and field scouts look for athletic talents in schools and colleges across the world. Although most athletes they identify will come from sports-friendly countries like USA, Canada and England, some very successful scouts have found stars in countries like India and Jamaica.