Next Stop: NOAC 2012 Blog

NESA @ NOAC to offer Special Training
Posted by Ethan Fowler - March 29, 2012

nesaNESA@NOAC, the committee charged with delivering special programs to commemorate 100 years of Eagle Scouting, will deliver unique training sessions at NOAC. In addition, Scout executives across America will be invited to send select volunteers in their council to attend intensive, two-day training to help them initiate (or grow) council NESA committees. These volunteers need not necessarily be Arrowmen, but will be able to attend the conference for training and other NESA@NOAC events and activities.

NESA is a lot more than a lapel pin and a magazine. A successful council NESA committee leads to strong volunteers, fundraising dollars, and fellowship among Scouting's elite rank. A successful NESA committee can transform a council's volunteer base, re-engage young Eagles as new volunteers, and provide a source of networking, support, and career advancement. Members of the national NESA committee will host the two-day, all-morning session, “The Power of NESA.”

For many of our youth members, big decisions loom, such as where to attend college, what field of study to pursue, and how to adjust to Scouting life outside of the home council. Dr. David Biscoe, a member of the national NESA committee and Professor of Sociology at the University of Arkansas at Little Rock, will assist Scouts as they prepare for college. Such topics will include available scholarships (from NESA and otherwise) and how to apply, staying in touch with Scouting while away at school, and balancing college life with the Scout Oath and Law. Dr. Briscoe will address these concerns (and many more) for Scouts and parents during “College: The Eagle Scout Way.”

Finally, for those Arrowmen who have yet to achieve Scouting’s highest rank, we recognize that the biggest hurdle is often completion of the Eagle project, and the window of opportunity to complete it closes by a Scout’s 18th birthday. By the time an Arrowman is 17, the pressure is mounting to wrap up those final merit badge requirements and plan, mobilize, and deliver a successful Eagle project. Glenn Adams, National President of NESA, will be joined by a young Eagle Scout to provide tips on executing a successful Eagle project and getting over the finish line so you don't end up being a Life Scout for life.

In addition to the training offerings, NESA@NOAC will also be hosting a special, invitation-only anniversary dinner on Friday of NOAC (for Eagle Scouts only). As you consider registration for your training sessions and other activities at NOAC (beginning April 1), think about reconnecting with NESA and utilizing its resources to advance your service to Scouting. We look forward to celebrating 100 years of Eagle Scouting and all that it means to be an Eagle Scout in America today. See you at NOAC.

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Revised 3/29/2012