With apologies to the ubiquitous convenience store chain, more Eagle Scout projects went up last year alone than the total number of 7-Elevens currently open worldwide.
Yes, the number of 2012 Eagle Scout projects bested the number of worldwide 7-Elevens by a score of 57,976 to 50,250.
I bring up this incongruous comparison to remind you that there’s an Eagle Scout project on every corner. There’s probably one within walking distance from you right now. Think about the scale of this for a second: Some 50,000 new Eagle Scout projects are completed each year. That’s roughly 137 significant improvements to the community every day, improvements created by the best, brightest, and most-prepared leaders around.
The Eagle Scout Service Project is a remarkably powerful force that’s transforming our country for the better each time a city park, church, or school gets repaired and beautified.
Let’s celebrate this transformation by looking at 25 great Eagle Scout projects. And like any good makeover, the best way to appreciate the change is through before-and-after photos. Enjoy, and congrats to these young men. Continue reading
While in Scouts, Pip sang at Courts of Honor and other troop functions.
Last night’s finale of Season 4 of The Voice got me thinking about Pip, the Eagle Scout who got much more than 15 minutes of fame as a contestant on Season 2 of the hit NBC show.
Pip, known in his Scouting days as Phillip Arnold, started singing at Boy Scout courts of honor as a member of Marietta, Ga., Troop 287. Years later, Pip appeared on The Voice and advanced to the quarterfinals as a member of Maroon 5 singer Adam Levine’s hand-picked team.
If you missed Season 2, take five minutes to watch my favorite Pip performance, his rendition of “House of the Rising Sun.” I got chills when I first heard it.
A few months after his time on The Voice, Pip flew to Orlando, Fla., to perform “The Star-Spangled Banner” in front of 1,500 Scouting volunteers and professionals at the BSA’s 2012 National Annual Meeting. Catch the video of his performance below. Continue reading
With the finish line tantalizingly close, you’ll never guess what slowed down John L. on his trail to Eagle.
John, a Life Scout from Texas, had finished his position of responsibility requirements and completed his Eagle Scout project. He had signatures from his counselor and Scoutmaster on the blue card for his final required merit badge.
But enter the washing machine, an enemy of any teenage boy. You see, John’s blue card was in the pocket of his pants, and this photo from his Scoutmaster shows what was left after the spin cycle.
Of course, John’s Scoutmaster, Bob Olafson, shouldn’t have any trouble getting a new blue card with the proper signatures. But Bob couldn’t help but share this fun, tragic anecdote with his fellow Scouters.
Top photo from Flickr: Some rights reserved by Drregor
Before: Indian cemetery makeover
The journey to Eagle benefits more than just the young man who earns the award.
He leaves his community a better place, most visibly through his Eagle Scout Service Project.
I’ve blogged about how to find Eagle Scout project ideas, explained that blood drives and other drives are acceptable projects, and showcased some top-notch Eagle project videos.
Now I’m interested in the before-and-after photos each Eagle Scout is required to include with his final project.
I’d like you to email your best ones to me. But first, these requirements: Continue reading
The “feel-good story of the year” isn’t playing at your local theater.
It’s found in videos like the ones below, showcasing the winners of 2013′s three biggest National Eagle Scout Association scholarships.
First meet Elijah LeCroix, winner of the Glenn A. and Melinda W. Adams National Eagle Scout Service Project of the Year Award. Elijah raised $64,000 to build a playground, working on the project even after his family’s house burned to the ground.
Then there’s Patrick Lowe, recipient of the $50,000 NESA STEM Scholarship. Patrick, a sophomore at MIT, has built his own wind tunnel, welded robots in high school, and built parts of a ’65 Plymouth.
Finally, Leonard Brunotte, recipient of the $25,000 United Health Foundation Scholarship. Leonard has a flair for science, biology, and chemistry. And his mother’s death in 2011 from breast cancer fueled Leonard’s interest in becoming a surgeon or biomedical engineer.
See the Scouts’ inspiring videos after the jump. Continue reading
Think the Eagle Scout Award is rare? Check out the Sea Scouting Quartermaster Award.
First earned around 1930, the Quartermaster Award is Sea Scouting’s highest honor.
Just how rare is it? Keeping in mind that roughly 5 percent of all Boy Scouts earn the Eagle Scout Award, would you believe that just 0.5 percent of all Sea Scouts earn the Quartermaster Award each year?
That means the Quartermaster Award is 10 times rarer than its Boy Scouting counterpart.
Let’s look at it another way. Last year, just 33 of the 6,670 registered Sea Scouts earned the award.
Compare that to the record-setting number of new Eagle Scouts in 2012 — 57,976 out of roughly a million Boy Scouts.
Quartermaster Award recipients, like Eagle Scouts, receive an automatic pay grade increase if they join the military.
So what does it take to earn the award? To earn Quartermaster, Sea Scouts must: Continue reading
Entrepreneur and Eagle Scout Ken Krogue.
Where do our values come from?
For Ken Krogue, the Eagle Scout and Forbes.com contributor, the idea of values first showed up in Scouts, were further developed at the U.S. Naval Academy, and even made an appearance in a classic John Wayne movie.
In this excellent article, posted today, Krogue takes us on his life’s journey. It all started, as it does for many of us who were Scouts as kids, with a great leader.
Krogue writes: Continue reading
You give a graduate a gift when he reaches the high point of his educational career, but what about when a boy reaches the pinnacle of Scouting? In other words: To gift or not to gift, that is the question.
An upcoming Eagle Scout Court of Honor was on Scouter Scott’s mind when he wrote:
What is the protocol for gifting an Eagle Scout at his Court of Honor? Is it expected and appropriate? What are some thoughtful gift ideas?
Great question. Our Facebook friends — now 30,000 strong — seem to have a consensus that a gift is never expected but certainly is appropriate and appreciated.
As for what to give, opinions vary. You can’t go wrong with gift cards, Scouting memorabilia, or cold, hard cash. But for some more-imaginative gift ideas, check out these ideas. I’ve included the submitter’s name in parentheses. Continue reading
When tragedies strike — be it a major accident, natural disaster, or act of violence — Scouts quickly answer the call to respond. It’s in our DNA.
That often manifests itself in drives for clothing, blood, and/or supplies. Nobody questions the value of these drives, but Scouters often wonder whether they’re acceptable as Eagle Scout service projects.
Take this email received yesterday from a Scouter who will remain anonymous:
A council has long-held that “drives” in general and blood drives in particular are verboten as Eagle service projects. The usual argument supporting this ban is that “other people do most of the work, including the leadership” and/or “there’s no way the Scout can ‘guarantee’ a particular outcome (e.g., a specific number of books collected, clothing collected, etc.).” Does the BSA have a written position on drives and their appropriateness as service projects for Eagle rank?
Great question. As usual, we turn to Advancement Team Leader Christopher Hunt for the official response. Chris says: Continue reading
Though certainly not a requirement for earning the Eagle Scout Award, an Eagle Scout Service Project video can be icing on the cake, celebrating and commemorating a boy’s hard work and planning.
And with HD cameras built into modern smartphones and inexpensive, user-friendly video-editing software available, it’s easier than ever to produce high-quality videos like the ones I’ve chosen to show here.
So allow me to present the first-ever Bryan on Scouting Golden Eagle Awards for Eagle Scout videos. I’ve watched several-dozen so far, and they’re all great. But I’ve singled out five in particular for these awards, which come with neither a statuette nor any prize money — just my pat on the back for a job well done.
So, without further ado… Continue reading