Eagle Scout – Trail to Eagle
Significance of the Eagle Scout Rank
The fact that a boy is an Eagle Scout has always carried with it a special significance, not only in Scouting but also as he enters higher education, business or industry, and community service. The award is a performance-based achievement whose standards have been well-maintained over the years. Not every boy who joins a Boy Scout Troop earns the Eagle Scout rank; only about 5 percent of all Boy Scouts do so. This represents more than 1 million Boy Scouts who have earned the rank since 1911. Nevertheless, the goals of Scouting-citizenship training, character development, and personal fitness-remain important for all Scouts, whether or not they attain the Eagle Scout rank.
Path to Eagle
The Shenandoah Area Council Eagle Board has developed it's Life to Eagle packet to assist Scouts, leaders and families along the “Trail to Eagle.” All elements support the official BSA Eagle Scout Leadership Service Project Workbook and the Eagle Rank Application. It is the desire of the Council Eagle Board to provide information and guidance to individual candidates and to Troop and Crew leadership to make the Eagle Scout process one that is clear, smooth and one that produces the work and fine qualities that should be demonstrated by a youth striving for Scouting’s highest rank.
Board of Review
The Shenandoah Area Council Eagle Board of Review meets the third Tuesday of each month at 6:45 p.m. at the Council Service Center. Candidates are contacted to schedule a time for their review.
Eagle Projects PROPOSALS are to be turned in by the Friday prior to the Eagle Board of Review (3rd Tuesday of the Month) so they can be reviewed. The Scout does not need to be present for this process.
Eagle Projects FINALS need to be in the office by the first of the month to be seen by the Eagle Board of Review (on the 3rd Tuesday of said month).
The Eagle Board of Review Committee is always looking for additional members. If you are interested on serving on this committee please contact the Scout Office at 540-662-2551 or by email at firstname.lastname@example.org.
Shenandoah Area Council National Eagle Scout Association (NESA) Committee
The Shenandoah Area Council NESA committee meets the third Tuesday of the months of March, May, September, November, and December at the Council Service Center. The meetings start at 6:00 PM, prior to the Eagle Scout Board of Reviews. All Eagle Scouts, regardless of membership status in NESA, are welcome at this meeting.
NESA membership: Current applications to join NESA may be obtained at the NESA national web site: www.nesa.org.
Eagle Scout Scholarship: For more information and an application, go to www.nesa.org.
Eagle Scout Light Box: NESA Committee manages the Eagle Scout Badge Light box reservations. The Eagle Scout Light Box Reservations form may be downloaded, completed and then forwarded to the address at the bottom of the form to request reservations. While the Eagle Scout Badge Light box is stored at the Council Service Center and is normally picked up and returned to the Council Service Center, the reservations are not managed at the Scout office.
Click here to download a sample ceremony that may be used with the Eagle Scout Badge Light Box. This ceremony is based upon the Eagle Scout Charge that national normally sends with the Eagle Scout award and certificate. Feel free to use any ceremony that you feel is appropriate for your unit.
The Eagle Scout Recognition dinner is one of the activities that the Shenandoah NESA committee plans. This dinner is to recognize those that attained the rank of Eagle Scout during the previous year and is normally held on the first Saturday in January.
If you are an Eagle Scout and interested in getting involved in Scouting again, be it a small task such as a becoming a merit badge counselor, helping out as a Campmaster, or helping staff a scout event such as a Camporee; or a large task such as becoming a unit leader or district committee member please contact us. We can help match your interests with council needs. This will help us provide great program and allow you to once again enjoy the fun of Scouting!
NESA Chairman: Doug Band: Doug.Band@scouting.org