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2017 NESA World Explorers Program

You’ve earned your Eagle; now it’s time to see the world! The National Eagle Scout Association’s World Explorers Program pairs stellar Eagle Scouts with world-class researchers at sites around the globe.

Last year, seventeen Eagle Scouts made up the World Explorers Program's largest group since the program launched in 2012. The young men assisted researchers in destinations including the Galápagos Islands, Mammoth Cave, Amazon rainforest and South Africa. Pretty cool, right?

If you’re an Eagle Scout age 18 and older, apply now for a chance to be a part of the 2017 World Explorers Program. You must be a member of NESA, complete the online application form and submit a 250-word essay before the deadline.

Other requirements, including majoring in related field, apply to the individual opportunities, so be sure to read the fine print and the exact deadline date.

Learn more about the opportunities offered by the 2017 World Explorers Program and find the application forms below:


Amazon Biologists

Two Eagle Scouts will travel to Ecuador’s Yasuni National Park in the Amazon rain forest, where they'll assist Tiputini Biodiversity Station’s camera-trap program established to document rarely seen wildlife, such as jaguar, ocelot and much more.

Read the requirements and apply here.


Galápagos Biologists

In one of the most diverse areas of the world, two Eagle Scouts will help researchers examine animals vulnerable to natural or manmade threats. Last year, the Eagle Scout biologists helped catch, band and track endangered large sea turtles.

Read the requirements and apply here.


NASA Astrobiologist

The NASA Astrobiologist is a new program in 2017. Two Eagle Scouts will join geochemist Dr. Nancy Hinman and a small team at Yellowstone where they will conduct analyses in the field and also perform experiments in the laboratory.

Read the requirements and apply here.



Two Eagle Scouts will join Dr. Lee Berger, renowned paleoanthropologist and Distinguished Eagle Scout, to assist in his recent findings of 2-million-year-old human remains in South Africa. The Eagles will help study ancient human fossils while living at the famous Malapa site.

Read the requirements and apply here.



The Paleontologist program represents a new addition to existing programs and will be offered this year to Eagles. The selected Eagles will participate in field excavation and work in the lab preserving fossils at the Judith River Dinosaur Institute.

Read the requirements and apply here.


Mammoth Cave Speleologists

The Speleologist program will be continued this year! Four Eagle Scouts will help explore, map and collect data in Kentucky's Mammoth Cave National Park. Be prepared to work alongside world-renowned speleologist and former NESA Director Bill Steele, as well as members of the Cave Research Foundation.

Read the requirements and apply here.


Stay informed with the latest NESA news, including the announcement of the 2017 World Explorers Program recipients on May 1, by following NESA on Facebook.

Questions about any of the opportunities above? Contact NESA@scouting.org. Good luck!