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Apply to be the 2016 NESA Eagle Scout Arctic Marine Biologist

The National Eagle Scout Association (NESA) has expanded its special projects to place Eagles on expeditions. These unique experiences provide an entry into the world of exploration. These unique experiences provide an entry into the world of exploration. In 2015, NESA and the BSA’s STEM Initiative selected Eagle Scouts to participate in field experiments in exotic places. This program was highly successful and will be offered again this year to Eagles.

This year we are very pleased to offer an opportunity to join the Smithsonian Narwhal Tusk Research program in Greenland. This broad-based, interdisciplinary, and cross cultural investigation has been involved since 2000 with unlocking the mysteries about the tusk of this rare and unique creature. An important part of this exploration will integrate cultural anthropology of the Inuit elders and hunters who have had a long relationship with the narwhal. The remarkably flexible, strong tusk has now been shown by the Smithsonian project team to be a dynamic male sensory organ, likely contributing information to the animal about its ocean environment and helping them find mates or food. The National History Museum will now house a permanent exhibit relating to this intriguing animal. This year the Eagle will work directly in the water with the narwhals.

This spectacular opportunity will be under the guidance of Dr. Martin Nweeia from the Harvard School of Dental Medicine. A detailed account of their studies on the narwhal tusk was recently published in the Anatomical Record. The Eagle will depart from Ottawa, Canada, and arrive above the Arctic Circle in Greenland. There he will assist with the various project components and work with the team in the field with the narwhals.

Eagle Scouts who are qualified and would like to be considered for this wonderful opportunity must complete an online application found here, which includes a 250 word essay, due no later than 11:59 PM Central Standard Time, March 31, 2016. Finalists will be announced and required to submit a 3 minute YouTube video within a week of announcement expressing reasons to support their selection.

To qualify as the 2016 Eagle Scout Arctic Marine Biologist, candidates must:

  • Be an Eagle Scout
  • Be 18 years of age by June 1, 2016
  • Major or intend to major in a biological science in college or graduate school
  • Be prepared to blog, speak, write, and be interviewed on behalf of Scouting to report on the trip, what it means to him personally, and how Scouting prepared him for this.
  • Either have a current passport or obtain one no later than June 1, 2016
  • Complete the online application by clicking here. This application includes an opportunity to complete an essay no more than 250 words on why you are the best person to go on the expedition. This must be submitted no later than 11:59 PM Central Standard Time, March 31, 2016. (Finalists will be notified and within a week of their notification will be asked to provide a 3 minute YouTube expressing reasons to support their selection.
  • Have medical insurance and purchase medical evacuation coverage (suggested policies will be provided).

The person selected to be the 2015 Eagle Scout Arctic Marine Biologist will be notified May 1, 2016.

Costs for the selected candidate will be paid by NESA. The Eagle may be responsible for some expenses not to exceed $1000. Due to very limited space on site, the Eagle will not be able to have a companion join him. Dates for this 10-14 day trip will likely be in early August.

For additional information about the project, visit the Narwhal Tusk Research websites www.narwhal.org and www.narwhal.org/about-tusk.html