What are you clinging to?

GC District Newsletter Feb 1, 2018 copied from Bobwhite Blather, https://bobwhiteblather.com/what-are-you-clinging-to/#more-3588 

Talking with the Cubmaster at a Blue & Gold banquet recently, I found out that her son is crossing into Boy Scouts this spring. In fact, he (and she) have already been on a campout of the troop that he is joining. Among other tales of the adventure that lies across the bridge, I gently advised her to quell the urge to do things that the boys should be doing. She had heard that before – from the Scoutmaster. On the campout, she thought it would be helpful if she’d wipe down the table after the patrol had lunch, whereupon the Scoutmaster reminded her that it was the boys’ job to do that – not the adults’. So she called her son over and told him to do it, and learned the next part – it’s not the adults’ job to direct the Scouts, but that they’re led by their own leaders. There’s a lot to learn when an adult follows his or her son into a troop. The things we cling to as we cross from Cub Scouting have to be let go. It’s a difficult transition – as I told her, she can go camping, but camp with the adults (not with her son), resist the urge to jump in and fix things, and just watch her son from a distance. That’s one of the greatest things about Boy Scouting, I told her – watching your son grow and develop, learn to do things, help each other and lead others, hopefully without realizing you’re watching.

It can likewise be a difficult transition for a Cub Scout leader who takes up a volunteer role in the troop. Used to being in charge of a den or pack program, a den leader or Cubmaster might think it’s his or her responsibility to run things in the troop, too – to make sure that troop meetings have activities and go smoothly, teach skills, set up tents, or to otherwise “help” the Scouts. It takes not only training and guidance from experienced leaders, but sometimes frequent reminders to change specific behaviors that have become habitual over the last several years.

Key to moving forward as your son moves ahead in maturity and capability is letting go. We naturally hold on to the things we’ve learned, or the things we feel we need to do as parents and Scout leaders. We hate to see our sons, or other young men, struggle or fail, but if we don’t let them experience difficulty for themselves, the opportunities for learning and personal growth are much more difficult to realize. This act of letting go is not just part of Scouting – it’s part of life and of growing up in general, and far too few parents understand this.  As an adult leader in the Boy Scout program, let go of the idea that the program is your responsibility, and help your fellow leaders and parents of your Scouts see it too. It may be counterintuitive, but unless you let go you’ll never free


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2013 Eagle Scout Rank Application (ESRA – Pub No. 512-728)

You may notice that the new 2013 Eagle Scout Rank Application (ESRA), http://www.scouting.org/filestore/pdf/512-728_web.pdf, contains a third page. This update did not change the content of the first two pages of the 2013 version of the ESRA (except for the NESA note at the bottom of page 2). The National Eagle Scout Association (NESA) wanted a way to maintain contact with new Eagle Scouts and this appeared to be the best way to start the process.

? Don’t worry, the third page does not affect the processing of the ESRA and applications currently in processing do *NOT* need to be updated from the original 2013 version to this one!

? In fact, this third page is OPTIONAL – completed at the discretion of the Eagle Scout Candidates (and/or his parents). As such, the third page must not be sent with the ESRA for certification.

It must also not be included in the Eagle Scout Package. It is a voluntary form provided by NESA and should be sent directly to NESA, by the Scout’s family.

NESA Scholarships

Being an Eagle Scout pays off, in some cases literally. The National Eagle Scout Association offers scholarships for Eagles entering college, a big help for families as tuitions continue to rise at universities nationwide.

Graduating high schoolers can apply for 2014 NESA scholarships beginning Oct. 1, 2013, with a submission deadline of Dec. 31, 2013 (www.NESA.org/scholarships.html). The National Eagle Scout Association offers two types of Eagle Scout scholarships:

Academic Scholarships

The first type of scholarship offered by NESA is the academic scholarship, which includes a varying number of $3,000 NESA scholarships, and a varying number of $2,500 Mabel and Lawrence S. Cooke scholarships. The Mabel and Lawrence S. Cooke scholarships are awarded annually and include four $20,000 scholarships (payable at $5,000 per year) and one $48,000 scholarship (up to $12,000 payable for four years), plus a varying number of others.

NESA offers two additional academic scholarships including one $50,000 STEM scholarship (up to $12,500 payable for four years) to an applicant who plans to major in a science, technology, engineering, or math field, and one $25,000 United Health Foundation scholarship offered to an applicant who plans to pursue a career in the healthcare arena and is willing to reinvest his knowledge and skills in an underserved community.

NESA academic scholarship applicants must be Eagle Scouts graduating high school and entering college in the year for which they apply for a scholarship. Scholarships are awarded only to those who graduate from high school in the calendar year in which scholarships are presented. Exception: Scouts whose Eagle Scout boards of review are held the same year of their high school graduation may apply in that calendar year. They may receive a scholarship one time only.

Scholarship committees are formed each year in each of the four BSA regions (Northeast, Southern, Central, and Western) to recommend recipients of these scholarships, with the final determination made by the national NESA Scholarship Committee.

Merit Scholarships

The second type of national Eagle Scout scholarship is the Hall/McElwain Merit Scholarship. Each BSA region reviews applications and awards a varying number of these $1,000 scholarships.

NESA merit scholarship applicants must be Eagle Scouts graduating high school or undergraduate college students no farther than completion of the junior year. Recipients may receive the scholarship one time only.

More than 5,000 NESA scholarship applications are received each year, and fewer than 150 are awarded, so the competition is stiff. Plans are being formulated to greatly increase the amount of funds available to award NESA Eagle Scout scholarships through future years.

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