Apply to be an Eagle Scout Galapagos biologist

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.
Posing with the NESA Explorer Flag

Opportunity description

NESA and the BSA’s STEM Initiative have selected Eagle Scouts to participate in field experiments in the Galapagos in the past. This program has been highly successful and will be offered again this year. This is a spectacular opportunity to experience different biological disciplines!

The Eagle will assist in one or more existing programs at the Galapagos Science Center. One major project is to establish measurable baseline health parameters to evaluate animals vulnerable to either natural (such as El Nino effects) or manmade threats from human waste runoff, general pollution, and commercial disasters like oil spills.

Sea turtle caught on camera

Other research arenas include microbial and physical analyses of the water systems and the impact of pathogenic and dietary factors on the relationship between childhood gut immune health, growth, and obesity among the Galapagos inhabitants.

Several other opportunities for field research are available. Last year Eagles caught, banded, and tracked endangered large sea turtles.


To qualify as a Eagle Scout Galapagos Biologist, candidates must:

  • Be an Eagle Scout
  • Be 18 years of age and not older than 27 years of age by June 1
  • 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 personally, and how Scouting prepared you for the experience
  • Either have a current valid passport or obtain one no later than June 1
  • Have medical insurance, complete a BSA Medical form and purchase medical evacuation coverage (suggested policies will be provided)

How to apply

Eagle Scouts who are qualified and would like to be considered for this wonderful opportunity must complete an online application , which includes a 250-word essay. Finalists will be announced by then end of January and required to submit a 3 minute YouTube video expressing reasons to support their selection.

Applications must be submitted, no later than Midnight Central Standard Time, October 31. The persons selected to be the Eagle Scout Biologist will be notified by February 28.

Important notes

The Eagle will be responsible for $600 (not including medical evacuation coverage and flights for Eagle Scouts who live outside the United States) to defray some costs of the experience payable to the National Eagle Scout Association by May 31. The Eagle may also be responsible for bringing dive gear to the location.

Logistics and payment for airfare, lodging, food (in some cases the Eagle will need to purchase on-site and be reimbursed), tuition, etc. will be paid for and coordinated by the National Eagle Scout Association. Flights for Eagle Scouts who live or are coming from outside of the United States will have to pay the difference from a domestic flight cost from their home.

Dates for this approximately 10-day trip will be between mid-July and early August.
For additional information about the project, visit the University of North Carolina Galapagos program University of North Carolina Galapagos or Universidad San Francisco de Quito websites.