GREENSBORO, N.C. — At 103 years old, Dick Douglas Jr. is the longest tenured Eagle Scout in the United States.
“I found out when I joined the Boy Scouts I could do anything if I wanted to or if I wanted it bad enough,” said Douglas Thursday evening after being honored with the Distinguished Eagle Scout Award, a high honor among Eagle Scouts for a lifetime of work.
The former FBI agent, community leaders and attorney, who even appeared in a landmark case before the U.S. Supreme Court, joined the Boy Scouts at the age of 12 and became an Eagle Scout in December 1925.
The great-grandson of Stephen Douglas, of the Lincoln-Douglas Debates fame, was one of three scouts chosen for a Safari to Africa in 1928. That trip lead to the national best-selling book, “Three Boy Scouts in Africa.” Douglas would go on to write two more books including one that reflected on his long life.
“I created my longevity to two ounces of scotch each day,” said Douglas. “When you hit 90 the ladies think you’re cute again.”