Now you don’t have to be an Eagle Scout to read about the cool things Eagle Scouts are doing.
For the first time ever, Eagles‘ Call, the quarterly magazine from the National Eagle Scout Association, is available to anyone, not just those who have earned Scouting’s highest honor.
All active NESA members automatically receive Eagles’ Call magazine as a perk of membership. That’s not changing. What’s new is that non-Eagles can subscribe.
The price: $10 a year (four issues). But wait!
I’ve secured a special discount code for Bryan on Scouting readers that lets you subscribe for half price. Use the promo code EGCBLG14 to get Eagles’ Call for $5 a year (four issues).
To subscribe, click here.
Most Eagle Scouts I’ve heard from support the decision to open Eagles’ Call to the masses, but a handful have questioned the move. To me the change makes sense. After all, one of the missions of NESA is to inspire a new generation of Eagle Scouts and promote what it means to be one.
Telling Eagle Scouts about the accomplishments of other Eagle Scouts is an important part of Eagles’ Call, which I think of like a university’s alumni magazine.
But we should do more than preach to the choir. Mike Goldman, editorial director for Eagles’ Call (as well as Boys’ Life and Scouting magazines), was instrumental in the move to open Eagles’ Call to everyone.
“We like to think of Eagles’ Call as an aspirational tool, a magazine that can help strengthen the values of the BSA and instill a greater sense of purpose to, for example, Life Scouts and their parents,” he says. “If by opening up Eagles’ Call to new subscribers we help one boy attain the Eagle rank, then we have done our job.”
Go here to subscribe, and don’t forget that offer code: EGCBLG14.
Spring 2014 issue out now
A little shameless self-promotion: The cover of the Spring 2014 issue of Eagles’ Call spotlights a story I wrote about New York Eagle Scout Rob Ward.
He’s a set designer working on Broadway, and late last year I traveled to New York to learn more about his job and how Scouting helped prepare him for it.
Rob was working on the now-shuttered musical Big Fish when we visited, and in the time since the issue went to press, Rob has moved on to a new musical production: Hedwig and the Angry Inch, starring Neil Patrick Harris.
Just this week Hedwig was nominated for the Tony Award for Best Scenic Design, a testament to Rob and the set design and props team.
You can read my story in the Spring 2014 issue and watch a video about Rob below: