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Review: Online Eagle Scout Shadow Box and myNESA.org

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Review: Online Eagle Scout Shadow Box and myNESA.org

Posted on 17 November 2009 by Dan

myNESAThis post is not a news release or story, it is my personal opinion…

I have for the past few months, after seeing a promotion for it on the National Eagle Scout Association website, been excited for the release of myNESA.org. I was a little turned off by the online shadow box format it appeared to be taking, but was excited that it appeared NESA and the BSA had established a social media type website to allow Eagle Scouts to connect. Just think of the possibilities! Unfortunately after seeing the myNESA.org I have once again been disappointed by NESA and the BSA’s attempt at social media.

Being advertised as an online Eagle Scout shadow box, the premiere online showcase for Eagle Scouts and their families, here is the description I received:

As part of the 100th anniversary of Scouting celebration, The National Eagle Scout Association is introducing an interactive website that will allow you to celebrate your Scouting stories and awards and preserve them for family and friends to enjoy. In essence, myNESA.org produces an “interactive shadowbox” for the display and preservation of your Scouting experience. Your participation will help spread the spirit of Scouting to new Scouts while also helping us carry out our mission of service.

Your showcase can be personalized to reflect your personality and interests. Various themes are available and you can choose from over 300 interactive Scouting awards, badges, and insignia to add to your showcase. Not only can background stories be associated with each award, but you can:

Preserve memories
Celebrate Scouting highlights
Customize showcase skin & Design
Upload photos
Print Awards
Invite friends to view awards, badges, stories and more!

Sounds great doesn’t it? Why wouldn’t you want to sign up and share your story and “spread the spirit of Scouting?” For most the answer will be $14.95 (NESA members) or $19.95 (non-members). The signup page forgets to mention it, but according to the FAQ that is only for a year’s subscription to the service.

Why isn’t this service being offered for free? Why isn’t NESA spreading the stories of Scouting for free? Why isn’t NESA allowing Eagle Scouts to reconnect and network for free? Does anyone at the National organization understand that if we share the story of Scouting, it’s easier to recruit new members and its easier for Scouts to fundraise? If we keep Scouting Alumni engaged they are more likely to donate and stay involved in the program?

Just look at the comment left on the Subaru Forester Pinewood Derby Commercial post by ScoutAbout:

Around the campfire at our recent pack family campout we asked new families why they had joined cub scouts. SEVERAL of them said they saw the car commercial with the wooden car race and it sparked good memories and better values. They knew the actors were not real Scouts, they knew the scouts did not drive Subarus, and they were reminded that there was a program out there that emphasized good old fashioned values and fun. Kudos to Subaru for helping my recruiting effort.

I’ve heard similar stories after Councils have held community Pinewood Derbies, or an Eagle Scout project received major media attention. We need to encourage people to tell the story of Scouting as much as possible, and a $14.95/year fee for people who have already paid for a NESA membership just won’t cut it.

That is my two cents, take it or leave it. If you wish to view the stories of fellow Eagle Scouts and to create your own interactive showcase, go to www.myNESA.org. Check it out, you may disagree with me.

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NESA selects Gov. Nixon to receive Distinguished Eagle Scout Award

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NESA selects Gov. Nixon to receive Distinguished Eagle Scout Award

Posted on 08 August 2009 by admin

Gov-NixonOfficials with the Great Rivers Council of the Boy Scouts of America have notified Gov. Jay Nixon that he has been selected to receive the Distinguished Eagle Scout Award (DESA). Of those Scouts who have attained the rank of Eagle Scout, fewer than one in 1,000 have received the Distinguished Eagle Scout Award.

“Scouting had a tremendous impact on my life growing up in DeSoto, and taught me lessons and values I carry to this day,” Gov. Nixon said. “I am deeply honored to receive this award, and thank the National Eagle Scout Association and the Great Rivers Council. Each February when I participate in the ceremony in the Capitol rotunda to honor the newest Eagle Scouts in the Great Rivers Council, I am even more assured of the role that Scouting has in developing our next generation of leaders.”

Gov. Nixon attained the rank of Eagle Scout in 1969 at the age of 13 as part of Troop 559 in DeSoto. That same year, he attended the National Scout Jamboree at Farragut State Park in Idaho.

The award will be presented by the Great Rivers Council on behalf of the National Eagle Scout Association and the Boy Scouts of America during 2010 as part of the 100th anniversary of the Boy Scouts of America. The Great Rivers Council is headquartered in Columbia and covers 33 counties in central and north central Missouri. The National Eagle Scout Association grants the award upon the recommendation by a local council and subsequent selection by a committee of nationally prominent DESA recipients.

Nationally notable recipients of the award have included astronauts Neil Armstrong and Jim Lovell, former President Gerald Ford, Congressman Ike Skelton and former Congressman Richard Gephardt, Secretary of Defense Robert M. Gates, adventurer Steven Fossett, and film director Steven Spielberg.

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Jostens Will Help Eagle Scouts® Celebrate Their Achievement With Customized and Personalized Rings

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Jostens Will Help Eagle Scouts® Celebrate Their Achievement With Customized and Personalized Rings

Posted on 17 December 2008 by Dan

Hat Tip: BoyandGirlScouts.com: Jostens Enters Eagle Ring Battle

Jostens Eagle Scout RingJostens will now help Eagle Scouts® celebrate and recognize their significant achievement with customized and personalized rings under license from the Boy Scouts of America®. Eagle Scout is the highest rank that can be achieved as a Boy Scout and only 5% of all Scouts have attained the award since its inception in 1912. The Eagle Scout ring features a Red, White and Blue top with the Eagle Scout® Boy Scouts of America® logo. The ring sides feature the universal Eagle emblem and is personalized with the Eagle Scout’s name and year the award was achieved.

The Boy Scouts of America has also licensed Jostens to produce Wood Badge® rings to recognize adult volunteers that have completed the Boy Scouts of America Wood Badge advanced leadership training. The Wood Badge® signet ring displays the Wood Badge shield on the ring top, the universal symbol on one side and one of eight mascots on the other side.


“The Eagle Scout award is an icon of youth achievement and we are eager to play a role in the recognition process,” said Mary Langerud, Specialty Markets, Jostens. “We are also proud to help salute the great Scouting volunteers that support youth leadership development.”

All custom rings licensed by the Boy Scouts of America can be designed and ordered online at and are available in a wide selection of precious and non-precious metals. Each ring is covered by Jostens’ Lifetime Limited Warranty which includes free re-sizing for the original owner of the ring for the life of the ring.

Eagle Scouts of all ages can become a member of the National Eagle Scout Association (NESA) to network with other Eagle Scouts and stay connected with the Scouting program. Information is available at www.scouting.org or by contacting a local Boy Scouts of America council office.

About Jostens
Minneapolis-based Jostens is a provider of products, programs and services that help people inspire achievement and celebrate memories. The company’s products include school yearbooks and memory books, OurHubbub™ brand MemoryBooks, scholastic products such as class rings and graduation products, and products for athletic champions and their fans. Jostens is a subsidiary of Visant Corporation, a leading marketing and publishing services enterprise servicing the school affinity, direct marketing, fragrance and cosmetics sampling and educational and trade publishing segments.

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2009 NESA Merit Scholarships

Posted on 31 October 2008 by Dan

Yesterday, we featured information on the National Eagle Scout Association Academic Scholarships, today the focus is on the NESA Merit Scholarships, tomorrow “Other” Eagle Scout Scholarships.

The NESA Merit Scholarship is called the Hall/McElwain Merit Scholarship. Each BSA region reviews applications and awards a varying number of these $1,000 scholarships.

NESA merit scholarship applicants must be Eagle Scouts graduating high school or undergraduate college students no farther than completion of the junior year. Recipients may receive the scholarship one time only.

The number of scholarships awarded varies annually depending on the funds available. You must apply through the region in which you earned your Eagle rank. This scholarship is for tuition, room, board, and books only. This scholarship is not available to students attending any of the U.S. military academies, because at these academies expenses covered by NESA scholarships are already paid by the United States government.

The scholarship is limited to use at a four-year college/university that is accredited by recognized accreditation agencies and offers at least a bachelor’s degree upon completion of the course of study offered.

NESA Merit Scholarship Requirements:
1. Be an Eagle Scout and have received credentials from the national office.

2. Submit applications that are postmarked after October 1, 2008, but no later than midnight on January 31, 2009. Use sufficient postage.

3. Be a graduating high school senior or an undergraduate college student no later than completion of the junior year. You may receive the scholarship one time only.

4. Have demonstrated leadership ability in Scouting and a strong record of participation in activities outside of Scouting.

5. Provide one signed recommendation letter from a volunteer or professional Scout leader (please list Scouting title on the letter) who knows the applicant personally. This letter should attest to the general character of the applicant. This is the only endorsement required. Endorsements from teachers, counselors, etc., will not be accepted.

Note: Please enclose a stamped, self-addressed postcard that will be initialed, dated, and returned to let you know your application has been received. We will not search to ensure your application has been received.

According to the National Eagle Scout Association website, more than 5,000 NESA scholarship applications are received each year, and fewer than 100 are awarded, so the competition is fierce.

NESA Eagle Scout Merit Scholarship Application

Applications must be postmarked prior to midnight on January 31, 2009.

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2009 NESA Academic Scholarships

Posted on 30 October 2008 by Dan

It is time for Eagle Scouts to start working on their 2009 National Eagle Scout Association (NESA) Scholarship applications. NESA offers two types of scholarships, Academic and Merit. Today’s article is all about the NESA Academic Scholarship, we will be focusing on the Merit Scholarships tomorrow, and “other” Eagle Scout Scholarships in two days.

NESA has two different academic scholarships, the first is the Mabel and Lawrence S. Cooke Scholarships. This scholarship is awarded annually and includes four $20,000 scholarships (payable at $5,000 per year) and one $48,000 scholarship (up to $12,000 per year). NESA also has a varying number of $3,000 scholarships that are awarded each year.

NESA Academic Scholarship Requirements:
1. Be an Eagle Scout and have received credentials from the national office.

2. Submit applications that are postmarked after October 1, 2008, but no later than midnight on January 31, 2009. Use sufficient postage.

3. Be a graduating high school senior entering college in the year a scholarship is applied for. Scholarships are awarded only to those who graduate from high school in the calendar year
in which scholarships are presented. Exception: Scouts whose Eagle Scout boards of review are held the same year of their high school graduation may apply in that calendar year. They may receive a scholarship one time only.

4. Provide a transcript of high school grades covering a minimum of six semesters. (The transcript need not be “official” and may be a photocopy.)

5. Have an SAT composite score of at least 1200 and/or an ACT composite score of 28. These scores must be on an official test sheet or on the high school transcript in No. 4, and must be submitted with the application. Applications will not be considered if the minimum scores are not met.

6. Have demonstrated leadership ability in Scouting and a strong record of participation in activities outside of Scouting.

7. Complete the Financial Need section of this application. It must be signed by the applicant and countersigned by the parent. Do not send W–2 forms. If you are selected for a scholarship, you will be required to submit the student FAFSA form prior to the final awarding of the scholarship.

8. Provide one signed recommendation letter from a volunteer or professional Scout leader who knows the applicant personally, and list Scouting title on the letter. This is the only endorsement required. Endorsements from teachers, counselors, etc., will not be accepted.

Selection Process:
NESA Scholarship committees are formed each year in the four BSA regions (Northeast, Southern, Central, and Western) to recommend recipients of these scholarships, with the final determination made by the National NESA Scholarship Committee.

According to the National Eagle Scout Association website, more than 5,000 NESA scholarship applications are received each year, and fewer than 100 are awarded, so the competition is fierce.

NESA Eagle Scout Academic Scholarship Application

Applications must be postmarked prior to midnight on January 31, 2009.

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An explanation of the New Square Knots

Posted on 06 October 2008 by Dan

The National Council has approved a few new uniform square knots over the past year. It appears not too many folks have seen or heard about them, so here is a run down:

The Doctorate of Commissioner Science Award Square Knot
The Doctorate of Commissioner Science Award Knot is available to any currently active commissioner at any position by completing the attached requirements. Approval is administered by the local council through the council commissioner and the professional advisor to commissioner service. The knot once earned can be purchased through the Supply Group at your local Scout Shop or Council Distributor.

Philmont Training Center Masters Square Knot
This is a three track program. First Track attend Philmont Training Center (PTC) as a participant.

Second track: Take an additional Course at PTC. (and) Recruit 3 people to attend a PTC course. (and) Teach a BSA course in your district, council, area or region. Course and participation in the course must be approved by the council or area chair prior to the course.

Third Track: Serve as a faculty member at PTC or attend a third time as a participant. (and) Recruit 3 people to attend a PTC course. (and) Do one of the following: Coordinate a council, area or regional cluster approved training event and coordinate and staff a promotional booth for the PTC at a council event. (or) Conduct a council “Philmont Family Meeting” to share PTC information and encourage family participation. (or) Teach a training course in a foreign county- Coordinated and approved by the BSA international division.

Completing the the first and second track, you would earn the square knot. By completing thing third track you would earn a PTC square knot device.

NESA Life Membership Square Knot
This new know is for National Eagle Scout Association (NESA) life members. It may be purchased from your local Scout Shop, by showing your NESA Life Member card. If they don’t have them in stock, they can order one for you. The item number is 18092. Only one Eagle Scout Award square knot maybe worn at a time, so this one should replace the Eagle Scout square knot on your uniform if you are a NESA Life Member.

BSA Speaker Bank Square Knot
In order to spread the message of Scouting, the BSA is maintaining a list of speakers to get the word out about Scouting. After a registered speaker conducts a minimum of 20 speeches and provides feedback, the speaker will receive a knot. Knot recipients will receive recognition at the National Annual Meeting. More information can be found at: BSA Speakers Bank

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