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Apply to be the 2017 NESA Eagle Scout Paleontologist

The National Eagle Scout Association (NESA) has a rich history of placing worthy Eagles on expeditions. These unique experiences provide an entry into the world of exploration. Through the BSA's STEM Initiative, NESA selects Eagle Scouts to participate in field experiments in exotic places. The Paleontologist program represents a new addition to existing programs and will be offered this year to Eagles.

The Judith River Dinosaur Institute (JRDI), established in 1993, promotes the science of paleontology to the general public. JRDI provides the exploration, collection, preparation, and curation of fossils and represents the paleontological part of the Little Snowy Mountain Dinosaur Project. The Little Snowy Mountains Dinosaur Project is the educational and research component for specimens collected through the work of the JRDI. The JRDI is dedicated to the responsible preservation and curation of paleontological findings and works with museums, universities, and private and public land management agencies to identify, research, and protect those sites. The JRDI educational field programs offer a hands-on experience with the methods, techniques, and theories of modern paleontology. The 2016 field excavation yielded the remains of the 7th stegosaur discovered on the site as well as bones of Montana's largest dinosaur, a sauropod, and many more bones to be excavated.

The Eagles will arrive in Billings, Montana, on July 1 to participate in field excavation and to work in the lab preserving the fossils. The approximately two-week trip will be split between excavation in the field from July 2-7 and July 10-14 in the approximately 7000 square foot Dino Lab where the fossils are studied and preserved. Departure from Billings will be on July 14. Notable findings by the JRDI teams include those of Stegosaurus and Brachylophosaurus. Please see the website www.montanadinosaurdigs.com for more information.

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, no later than 11:59 PM Central Standard Time, March 15, 2017. 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 2017 Eagle Scout Biologist, candidates must:

  • Be an Eagle Scout
  • Be 18 years of age by June 1, 2017
  • 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
  • Have medical insurance and complete a BSA Medical form

The persons selected to be the 2017 Eagle Scout Paleontologist will be notified by May 1, 2017.

Costs for the selected candidate will be paid by NESA. The Eagle will be responsible for some expenses not to exceed $1000.

Click here to apply.