MyCouncil®  |  Cart (0)  |  Join  |  Sign In

Centennial Legacy Profile -Brig Gen Duke Distinguished Eagle Scout

Apollo 16 Pilot believes in Importance of Character from Scouting      

Centennial Legacy Profile, as interviewed by Ed Rogers for the Alamo Area BSA on May 12, 2010

Name: BRIG GEN CHARLES M. DUKE, DOB October 3, 1935, born Charlotte, NC; Lancaster, SC; Distinguished Eagle Scout (Piedmont Council); Naval Academy grad ’57; Air Force vet -Germany; MIT masters grad ’64; AF test pilot; Apollo 16 lunar module pilot-5th landing-1972; established Orbit Corporation; then ; Duke Ministries for Christ, a worldwide Christian outreach ministry.

Eagle Awarded: September 26, 1949, by Troop 72, chartered thru First Methodist Church

How did you come to join Scouting? Friends invited me and my brother (also a Distinguished Eagle)
What is your favorite memory/summer camp story from your days as a Scout? Summer camp in foothills of NC, great creek....slippery rocks, ice cold swimming lake, loved archery and riflery. We worked to open camp and slid off the road in our car, and ended up getting a farmer to pull us out.

Who was your Scoutmaster and what was your impression of him? Mr. Bundy, great guy, good scoutmaster, kept us interested, involved, lots of camping and outdoor stuff; Robert Hardin was our district executive, involved with our troop, he made quite an impression on me.

What Scouting skill/merit badge was most difficult for you to learn/master? I don’t remember any being particular hurdles, I just worked steadily on one badge...and then started on another.

What would be your message to young Scouts today? Take to heart the Scout Oath and Law. Very meaningful, builds strong character. Character is what can make a million dollars but without character you end up in jail! A righteous man will be remembered. Scouting laid some great groundwork for me..although that religious foundation didn’t come until started in Scouts

How did Scouting change your/family life? Being from a small town w/ many relatives, being successful in Scouting pleased my parents, Scouting helped develop character in their children.

What did becoming an Eagle Scout mean to you as a youth/ as an adult? I was very goal oriented, Eagle was as high as you could get and I wanted to be an Eagle. Sense of accomplishment, reward for hard work, brought honor to me and my family. Class Valedictorian...but, Eagle was important.

What legacy of your Scouting experience would you like for others to remember you by? I think the importance of character. Just instilled in me a sense of what’s right and being a man of your word and doing the right thing, develops the right character.

Copyright © 2018 Alamo Area Council, Boy Scouts of America.
Phone 210-341-8611 All rights Reserved. Web Site Powered By CouncilWare®