Final Notes from Knoxville headed to Jamboree '23 - The National Eagle Scout Association

Final Notes from Knoxville headed to Jamboree ’23

NESA Booth Staff with Grant Kim, Youth Expo Chair, and Chasity McReynolds Assistant Chief Scout Executive.

As we leave NOAC in Knoxville, we reflect on the connections we made, the new NESA members we welcomed, and were reminded of the camaraderie Scouts share. 

We will carry with us the knowledge gained from insightful seminars including:

  • NESA’s newest class for those continuing their educational adventure entitled, “Free Money: A Boy Scouts of America Guide to Effectively Complete Scholarship Applications.”
  • Critical to the strength of NESA’s future, “How to Build Effective Council NESA Committees.” 
  • For all of you BSA history buffs, we also shared the compelling history of the National Eagle Scout Association.

After two years of the pandemic, NOAC was truly a welcome and much-appreciated experience for Arrowmen and Eagles alike. Rejuvenating indeed! 

It was inspiring to meet three newly minted Eagle Scouts who completed their boards of review at NOAC!  They talked articulately about their projects, specifically their gratitude for the mentors who selflessly supported them on their journey to Eagle. It was heartening to hear them commit to mentoring future Scouts on their trail to Eagle. We welcome them into NESAs nest. 

That makes me wonder, who are you mentoring or assisting right now?  If no one, now is the time. Let’s fill the future with leaders who embody the Scout Oath and Law – Eagle Scouts who will lead and guide with character and integrity.  Find your nearest council, or reach out to your troop or district and offer your time as an advisor. 

At the NESA 50th Anniversary Dinner, President Frank Tsuru reminded us that the future of Scouting and the National Eagle Scout Association is up to all of us. He reiterated that membership in NESA gives Eagle pride a purpose because NESA members play a critical role in creating a world filled with leaders who are responsible, participating citizens guided by the Scout Oath and Law. Frank talked of the importance of coming together for the future of the Scouting movement and encouraged us to stand by each other and walk the talk of the Scout Oath and Scout Law – even when it’s hard – especially when it’s hard. He also recognized we have work to do and called on us all to help NESA move forward and do our part to increase diversity in National Eagle Scout Association. 

Finally, we turn our attention to the 2023 Jamboree July 19 – 23 at Summit Bechtel Family National Scout Reserve. The theme is “Forward,” representing the Scouting journey. When Scouts encounter a challenge, they don’t stand still – they evaluate, plan, and move forward. Scouting as a movement is always moving forward, reaching new generations of young people and equipping them to be leaders in their communities, nation, and world. 

Participating in a Jamboree is one of the greatest adventures a Scout will ever have, so we encourage you to attend or sign up for staff and join us for NESA’s Gathering of Eagles.

We’ve recently introduced a way for NESA members to share stories of how Eagle Scouts are furthering the mission, vision, and delivery of Scouting programs in their communities. We may use your submissions for stories in our members-only Eagles’ Call Insider e-newsletter or you may find yourself featured on the Faces and Places page on  

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