2014 Eagle Scout Yearbook will celebrate the newest Eagle class

My first thought when I picked up the Eagle Scout Yearbook was, “Wow, this thing is heavy.”

The National Eagle Scout Association (NESA) let me borrow a copy of the 2013 Eagle Scout Yearbook, a slick-looking volume that checks in at more than 900 pages.

But, as they say, it’s what’s inside that counts. When I stopped to think about the contents of this tome — names, photos and descriptions of the 56,841 young men who became Eagle Scouts in 2013 — its weight made sense.

Heavy is a good thing. Heavy means the Boy Scouts of America is producing a ton of outstanding young men equipped to be great husbands, fathers, businessmen and leaders. The heavier the yearbook is each year, the better.

The 2014 Eagle Scout Yearbook, which will showcase the 51,820-member 2014 Eagle Scout class, promises to be another great volume. If you or someone you know is a member of the 2014 Eagle Scout class, I’ve got the details you need. 

Like any school or university yearbook, the 2014 Eagle Scout Yearbook will feature names and pictures of members of the 2014 class.

But like any class yearbook, it’s only as good as the information provided.

How do I make sure my 2014 Eagle Scout is included?

Eagle-Scout-Yearbook-2013-inside2014 Eagle Scouts will receive a postcard, email and/or phone call from PCI, the company producing the yearbook for NESA.

Eagle Scouts will be asked to submit a photo and answer questions like, “Whom do you most admire?” “What was your toughest merit badge?” “What does the Scout Law mean to you?” They’ll also describe their Eagle project.

The yearbook will be available for purchase when providing this information.

Eagle Scouts who do participate will get a listing like the one seen in the picture above (click to enlarge).

Eagle Scouts who do not participate will have only their first name and last initial and troop number included.

Why does the yearbook exist?

Why an Eagle Scout Yearbook? It’s all about fellowship and scholarship.

“We want to grow our NESA scholarship endowment as well as produce something that captures the significant moment in time when a young man earns the Eagle Scout rank,” says NESA associate director Ryan Larson. “We believe he will refer to the piece over time and reflect positively on his time in Scouting.”

Proceeds from the yearbook help fund the NESA scholarship endowment. Over the past seven years, the NESA scholarship fund has increased from 75 scholarships valued at $250,000 to more than 250 scholarships valued at $650,000 through projects like the Eagle Scout Yearbook.

What else is in the yearbook?

The majority of the yearbook is taken up by the names and photos of Eagle Scouts.

But the prefix includes some must-read content, including the history of the Eagle Scout award and names of notable Eagle Scouts from each decade.

When will the yearbook ship?

Look for the 2014 yearbook to ship in mid-December 2015.

What do Eagle Scouts get for participating?

NESA-Patch-2014I almost forgot one of the best parts. Eagle Scouts who submit a photo for the yearbook get a patch like the one seen here.

You don’t have to buy a yearbook to get your name and photo in the yearbook or get a patch.

But I’d advise against missing out on this great opportunity.

39 Comments

  1. The printed Eagle yearbook makes no sense (along with the printed Eagle directory). The Eagles NESA is trying to sell to would be better served with a “decent” online directory and networking site, something akin to LinkedIn, where information could relatively easily and quickly be updated and Eagles could more easily connect and interact with each other. Time to get out of the “analog age” and into the “digital age!”

  2. It’s WAY TOO EXPENSIVE for the value of it!!!

    I agree with Dreward, make it digital and available to ALL Eagle Scouts at little or NO cost.

    • They’re beginning to gather information from the 50,000-plus Eagle Scouts now. Then designing and laying out the yearbook, plus printing and binding, will take time.

  3. I can understand the outrage over the cost of something like merit badge pamphlets, but this?

    A 12 year old eagle might not even be allowed on the internet.

    Given the cost in time of data collection and patch incentives, an online subscription (with a guarantee it will be available to the boy 30 years from now) won’t come cheap either.

    Having just completed Personal Management merit badge, the Eagle scouts who have to know the name/face of every other one who got his bird in the same year can decide for themselves if this is a fair price to pay and save up accordingly. Either purchase it in the spirit it is being sold, or make a contribution to NESA or Friends of Scouting or hold onto your $ for the next big thing … whatever your boy would rather do.

    Digimaniacs, if you think we’re truly missing the best opportunity to support the nation’s Eagle Scouts, make a bid to NESA for a contract to provide the service you suggest. If you think you can help them boost the scholarship fund by a million $ from the year you go online, I’m sure they’ll listen.

  4. I purchased the 2014 edit and was told I would be sent information on how to submit my son’s picture for the year book. I have never received any information on how to submit his picture. Who can I speak with to get this information?

  5. The Class of 2014 Eagle Scout Yearbook is truly a unique publication and one that is best suited in printed form. The price is a reflection of the uniqueness of the publication.

    Many purchasers are displaying the book in public places such as their place of business to promote Scouting.

    With regard to online networking, NESA currently has a new site “in the works” that will assist Eagles in networking with one another. Our hope is that it will be coming out in the near future.

    In the meantime, NESA members are able to take advantage of the online member community at http://www.nesa.org

    Ryan
    NESA Associate Director

  6. This is a beautiful, professionally published book that will last a lifetime. Can you say that about the photos (that you may have never printed) from 10 years ago – formats change, technology changes even devices change. Anyone playing their 8 track tapes?

    The price is competitive and it is a choice not a requirement. If there is value to you or your Scout, buy it (and many have). It goes for a great cause and for many Eagle Scouts it will be the last time they are featured in a book.

    Many 12-16 year olds (average age of a youth who get his Eagle Scout Award – 17+ years) spend that much on patches that sit in a drawer or bag. But it’s their choice.

      • Yes… I can play my 8-track tapes from 40 years ago. I also digitized the really cool stuff (Pink Floyd _Animals_) anyone? I have digital photos from 15 years ago that look perfect. I have scanned photo’s from 50 years ago that are beautiful.

        In 2015, what benefit would my 16 year old get from seeing a very small picture and a very short list of the details of his Scouting mean to anyone in time? He prefers to make sure that his project is personal to him and benefits the community. Not that he gets national recognition. This whole effort just grates, and goes against what I believe makes an Eagle Scout.

        It seems like one of those “who’s who” type publications that make a book for people to say they are in it. That would be against any Scouting or Eagle moral that I can think of.

        • Magnetic tape loses information over time, so your analogy is week. Compare to vinyl, and we meet sound specialist who will use nothing else in their personal collections.

          But the bottom line is the bottom line. Would folks pay $300 for lifetime access to a digital library of last year’s anything?

        • At the risk of prolonging a “no right answer conversation…”

          The point is not the analogy being weak but that there are many different groups within Eagle Scouts. Some would give what ever they had to have a copy of their high school yearbook (and pay a premium on Classmates.com) – others throw theirs away. While vinyl is very in again most people are satisfied with the quality that they get on their Ipod or phone. It takes all kinds.

          The current annual (which only covers Eagle Scouts from that year) is a one time item. There have been and more than likely will be more Eagle Directories (periodically) in the future as long as there is a market.

          It serves three purposes:
          1. Maintaining communication with Eagle Scouts
          2. Raising money for Eagle scholarships
          3. A showcase for Eagle Scouts (their parents, etc.)

          If you dislike it, say so and move on. And likewise if you like it. But it is serving valuable purposes for a significant group. Over 400,000 “lost” Eagles were found using this methodology and tens of thousands of dollars were put into scholarships.

  7. Why make a separate LinkedIn-like social networking site for new (and old) Eagles. Why not use existing sites and include your Eagle-ness, and maybe the public will see us Eagles are still around and (hopefully) living great and exciting lives.

  8. My son and I discussed whether he wanted his information included in this year book, and neither of us could come up with a tangible benefit to him for doing this. For my son, becoming an Eagle Scout was a personal matter and he has no interest in joining the NESA or seeing his name in a book. Can anyone cite an example of where someone directly benefited from being listed in this year book?

  9. These guys are bordering on harassment. They have called many times and ask for my son, not the parents and only during the day when WE ARE AT WORK. We just got a card yesterday in the mail addressed to the parent of. After dealing with them for the OA we have no interested in talking to the same company ever again.

    My son is away at collage (I’ll bet 50-70% of the 2014 Eagles are as well as most get it within day’s of turning 18) so our younger one who answers the phone says he’s not here, takes a message but again that’s useless as he’s a college student out of state and is very busy with other info. They offer no place to go online, check, verify and correct any info on purpose so they can push for the sale over the phone. They best part is I think it’s REAL dumb they are NOW asking him to verify his info as got his EBOR and Eagle in Dec 2012.

    This is the same group that did the OA one (can tell by the postcard that showed up). Both of our my son’s got the hard sell and then I got leaned on to buy the whole high end package at $300 per person, they even called back twice more after I said no asking if I changed my mind. How little % does BSA get from these purchases? This is the same company that did my wife’s college and in the end we found out that they only got like 5% of each sale for spending 15 minutes on the phone with another hard sell pitch.

    While this is a great idea, it feels way more like a new way for the BSA to do a national version of FOS or popcorn hitting up Eagles and their families for more money. I give plenty locally and donate (yes volunteer, not paid, so donation) a month plus of my time every year working at camps as staff, serve in multiple District and Council level committees making sure our boys get everything they need.

    I gladly purchased a multi year NESA membership for my son in early 2013 that will carry him through until he’s graduated college and earning a real income when he can decide if he wants to continue the membership himself but getting hit up for all of this is seriously pushing things.

  10. Until you see the actual yearbook you cannot fully appreciate the value of it. The book is a quality publication that you can spend hours looking thru. From the first page to the last it reinforces the importance of the Eaglr Rank.

    When my son made Eagle we looked at the book and he decided that he wanted to be a part of it. I called the company and had a wonderful experience on the phone with the salesperson. He did not push me in any direction rather gave me options and explained the value of each choice. This is something rare in my opinion for phone salespeople.

    I know that there are various opinions on this matter, for me there is something lasting in a book rather that an searchable database. Both have value some more lasting than others.

  11. I purchased the package deal for the 2014 edition…got some of the items, my account has been deducted for the $$$ that it cost… but have not received the book…has it been sent out yet or have I been missed again…from the last promotion that I bought in to and didn’t ever get. This is supposed to be a different publishing company…more reliable?

  12. I’m very sad to see this hard-copy book being hustled by Scouting. This is a similar pitch to the old “Who’s Who” books. Out-of-date & out-of-touch. And, from many of the comments above, a hard-sell. I expect Scouting to rise higher, not sink lower.

  13. I got only a postcard telling me that they had sent notice asking for information about my son, whom became an Eagle Scout in 2014, but never receieved ANYTHING explaining this. I explained that when I called the number, but they did not seem to care. Seems like someone would let Eagle Scouts know about this and not demand information from them.

  14. I just received the 2014 yearbook today! It is a great book. When will we receive the patch for submitting the picture? Also we had a package deal for a sweatshirt and was wondering when we would receive that.

  15. My experience was that I had to deal with high pressure salesman who made the experience unpleasant and I am in sales! I informed him that my son lives in New York and not in Minnesota. There were other errors and he promised that they would all be updated correctly for the book. We eventually decided not to make the purchase. However, if I had dealt with a different person, we probably would have spent the money. Last week, my son and I were at our local Council’s office on a different matter. Right on the counter was a beautiful looking 2014 Eagle Scout Yearbook. I stood next to my son as he thumbed through the book to find his information. I started to regret my decision as I saw the excitement on his face. I am happy to report, that there were no errors. This is because his name and information was completely left out.
    I think this book is supposed to list every scout who earned the rank of Eagle Scout in 2014 and not just those who paid for the book. I now have no regrets.

  16. I ordered the 2014 Eagle Yearbook, along with a sweatshirt and backpack for my son. I finally received the Yearbook, but have never received the other items. I cannot find anywhere to inquire about this. I sent an e-mail and was told I would be contacted, but that’s months ago. Does anyone know what I can do to track those down? I ordered everything over the phone–never got a receipt, just a request to upload his photo.

  17. My son just received a postcard sent directly to him (he is 15yo). Everything about this yearbook and the National Eagle Scout Association stinks of being a clone of the “Who’s Who in America” scam:
    -While there are several ‘hints’ of being associated with the BSA, I found no real association
    -Not once, anywhere in this thread, or anywhere on the internet do I see a clear indication of the actual cost of this ‘yearbook.’
    -While there are some posters (are they real?) in this thread that appear to have received either an actual yearbook, or some of the items promised by the NESA after payment, there are definitely some that are asking questions about ‘where are their items?’

  18. I just had a conversation with PCI. Before calling PCI I researched the link on the yellow postcard. Seems they throw in a bunch of props with the book to include a backpack, bag, airline ticket, etc., my question is, does anyone ever receive these things? The salesman I spoke to said the yearbook was in its 4th year of printing; in that time, has anyone flown on one of these free airline flight tickets? He didn’t know and admitted that it sounded sketchy and said they “there it in” to make the book more attractive. The yearbook is $100. The other packages including the yearbook, digital copy, backpack, airline ticket are $300+. I’d say if this is something you are interested in, stick with the yearbook only and search the internet for cheap airfare from actual airlines!

  19. So we order this to be a keepsake for our son. I looked into the airline ticket, it is essentially worthless. I travel for work and have status on an airline. I would save about $10 to use the free companion airfare as to buy the tickets myself. plus I would not be able to use the perks of status. it was just shy of $300 dollars but the book will go into the memory box for my son. he also got shirt and a sweatshirt, and a magazine that I don’t think he will read. we have the digital copy now, waiting on the hardbound to be shipped.

    If I had it to do again would I? probably not.

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