Scouts, former Scouts can earn cash in Bill of Rights Institute essay contest

The Boy Scouts of America, the Constitution and the Declaration of Independence form a terrific trio.

So it’s no surprise, really, that the nonprofit Bill of Rights Institute holds an essay contest each year that’s just for Scouts. Well, and former Scouts.

Current and former Scouts, age 14 to 19, can write a short essay (800 words or fewer) for a chance to win $1,000 for themselves and $500 for their Scout unit.

The facts are these:

Who’s eligible: The contest is open to U.S. citizens or legal residents who are current or former Boy Scouts at least 14 years old but no older than 19.

How to enter: Answer one short essay question on the ideas of the Constitution and the Declaration of Independence.

Deadline: Jan. 30, 2015

Prizes: The Bill of Rights Institute will award three prizes:

  • One Grand Prize: $1,000 for the Scout and $500 for his Scout unit
  • Two Honorable Mentions: $500 for the Scout and $250 for his Scout unit

Apply online and get more details: At this link.

The essay prompt:

Abraham Lincoln described the Declaration of Independence as an “apple of gold” and the Constitution as the “frame of silver” which encases it. For Lincoln, the Declaration asserts the moral and philosophical standard which the Constitution aims to implement.

In your analysis, to what extent does the Declaration assert a moral or philosophical vision for America? Explain the principles that constitute that vision. In your explanation, root each principle in a specific passage of the Declaration.

Print and distribute

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