In 2008 the National Eagle Scout Association (NESA) came up with a great idea. The Eagle Scout Roll of Honor would recognize Eagle Scouts by publishing a record of all Eagles. It also could be a good fundraising opportunity as well. The concept was well received.
The initial distribution of the book has already been made. The books were published by the four Scouting regions. Eagles will be listed in the region in which they received their Eagles. For instance, if I earned my Eagle in Pennsylvania but now reside in Texas, I would be in the regional publication for Pennsylvania. A CD accompanies the book and lists all Eagles. It seems that there might be a problem for Scouts who earned their Eagles in a Venture crew being included in the list.
Like most initial endeavors there were some complications and some questions arose:
- I never received a post card or a call. Why not?
- My son received his Eagle six month ago, but we weren’t contacted.
- The information about me is incorrect. How do I correct that?
- By the time I called, the time for registration was closed. What can I do?
We have received several inquiries and felt the need to provide some direction. Jeff Laughlin with Eagle Scout Services at BSA National headquarters provided the information.
Didn’t receive any notification. Many times the records were incomplete. Addresses and phone numbers were inaccurate or outdated. Troop information was missing. An attempt was made to contact all Eagles. NESA members can update their information by contacting Lois at the NESA office at national headquarters. Non-NESA members can use the same procedure and might consider joining NESA as well.
My son earned his Eagle 6 months ago but we were not contacted. Because of legal constraints, only Eagles who were 18 years of age or older were contacted. In this initial registration, there were no provisions to allow parents to register minors. Some registrars may have accepted registration for minors by parents, but for the most part registration was limited to Eagles 18 or older.
My information in the book is incorrect. If data was entered incorrectly in the book, there is no procedure to correct that data. The only way to correct the published data is to make changes if a later publication is made available.
Registration was closed when I called. Many Eagles wanted to be included in the registry but either found out about the registration too late or delayed registering until the deadline for registration had passed. While there are no definitive plans to offer another publication, there is discussion about repeating the process in a couple of years.
Recognizing Scouts who earned their Eagle is a nice gesture. Parents I heard from said the book was well worth the investment. NESA is a great organization. It deserves your support.