National Eagle Scout Association (NESA) is searching for all Eagle Scouts. They want to find and contact every living Eagle Scout and create a document of his achievements. They will call this document Roll Call: The National Eagle Scout Registry
and it will capture the tradition, history, and honor of the scouts.
Now, that sounds like an interesting idea. I get quite a few emails asking how to prove someone was an Eagle, how an adult can receive Eagle, where to get replacement Eagle items, ... and so on. It would be cool to have a list of every Eagle Scout and have a new section added each year. I'd like it to include the year and age they made Eagle and what they did for their project.
But, the small news blip makes me wonder about this project and its real motives:
- Since this news item is listed on the home page of scouting.org, it insinuates that the BSA doesn't have a good record of who is an Eagle Scout - otherwise, they could just supply the list to NESA.
- NESA wants people everywhere to tell Eagle Scouts about this search effort. Or, you can contact your local council and turn in the Eagle's name. But, I couldn't find any mention of who Eagles or people turning in Eagles should contact on the NESA News page. How organized is this search?
- This registry will supposedly only be available to 'bona fide Eagles' and will only list Eagles that are adults and agree to be listed. It kind of sounds like another Who's Who listing that you get the priviledge of purchasing and seeing your name in print.
I hope it turns out to be a useful registry and NESA can successfully list every Eagle Scout. I'm passing the word on to you and to the Eagles in our troop. I'll be hopefully waiting to see where it goes.
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