Ideal Council NESA Committee Example

The Story of the Most Outstanding Council NESA Committee of all Time

A Council of Anywhere, U.S.A., had no NESA Committee. Yet, instead of accepting defeat, they made a decision that being a council without a NESA committee would no longer be an option.

To get started, the Scout executive called the council president to set up a lunch meeting to discuss how they might put a truly GREAT NESA committee together. The council president agreed that a NESA committee would be a fantastic idea (especially if it was a GREAT NESA committee), and so they made plans to get together the following week.

The Scout executive thought it would be a good idea to bring a list of volunteer prospects to the meeting. Taking a look at a NESA list seemed like a good start, so the Scout executive did what most everyone does when they need to find an answer and Googled “how to get a NESA list for your council.” Sure enough, the Scout executive was able to find a YouTube video that showed how to download a list of NESA members in the Pie-in-the-Sky Council.

The next week the Scout executive brought the list to the lunch meeting with the council president. After looking at NESA.org and determining the criteria for what would make a good NESA committee Chair for their council, they went through the list. A couple of gentlemen really jumped out as good candidates, and they ranked them based on who they felt might best fulfill the position. Then they decided that the council president would be the appropriate person to contact each prospect.

The council president called the top candidate and asked him to lunch with himself and the council Scout executive.

The candidate agreed, so they met with the candidate over lunch. They began the discussion by asking him to share a little bit about his participation in Scouting. It became clear that Scouting had greatly influenced his life. After hearing his Scouting story, they showed him a one-page description of the council NESA Chair position that they had created previously, and they shared with him that they thought he would do a really good job as chair.

But they were surprised when the first candidate said that he was too busy. Fortunately, the council president thought quickly on his feet! He asked if the candidate would be willing to serve on the NESA committee and gave him a list of projects that had specific beginning and end dates that they hoped the NESA committee would do once it was formed. The candidate thought this committee position was more manageable, considering his busy schedule.

Since the Scout executive really listened while the candidate shared his Scouting story, it was suggested that the candidate chair the Eagle Scout recognition banquet because it seemed like it meant a lot to the candidate when he was growing up. The candidate thought that was a good idea and agreed to chair that event. They shook hands and let the candidate know that the new NESA committee Chair would call him once one was selected. Everyone left the meeting believing something good was on the horizon.

The council president and Scout executive went back to the council office and began working on a couple of other position descriptions. They didn’t want to be caught flat-footed if the next candidate said that he couldn’t serve as Chair. The council president then made a call to the next prospect on the list and set up another lunch meeting.

At the next meeting, they were again unsuccessful at getting a Chair, but they did get the candidate to agree to chair the NESA service committee—a big win. Both the president and Scout executive were happy they had prepared the service chair position description because they felt the candidate would also be great in that role.

They then made a call to their third prospect, and they crossed their fingers before they went into the restaurant for the lunch meeting.

Again, they asked the prospect to share his Scouting story and gave him the one-page position description. They also let the candidate know that two people had already agreed to serve on the committee. The candidate was really excited at the opportunity (especially since other volunteers had already been recruited to help out) and said “yes.” He then asked what he should work on first.

Both the Scout executive and council president uncrossed their fingers (both because it was starting to hurt and because that is just a superstition).

Since the Scout executive and council president already had a list of prospects and potential positions, they shared those with the candidate along with the organizational chart for the committee, and gave their input. They also gave him the contact information of the other two individuals who had agreed to serve on the committee. By the end of the lunch meeting, they had come up with the names of good prospects for two vice chairmen and chairmen for events, communications, and membership.

The new NESA committee Chair then began reaching out to the identified prospects as well as some Eagle Scouts he had maintained contact with over the years. They had their first meeting and created a calendar with dates for activities such as the next Eagle Scout recognition banquet and a really cool service project that they planned to do in a local park in the fall.

One of the committee members had heard that the NESA committee in Chicago was really successful and reached out to the chair. He got some great ideas on how to plan and implement some easy and popular social events at some of the local attractions in their town, where they could invite NESA members and non-NESA members and continue to build their committee.

Two years later, the council NESA committee is up and running smoothly and is of great service to the council.

Here’s what they’re doing:

Awards subcommittee: Besides the awards subcommittee Chair, there are three other members of this subcommittee. Each of the three other members has a specific role, besides the general business of the subcommittee. Their specialties include Adams Award applications, NOESA nominations, and DESA nominations.

They promote and handle these three specialties year-round.

Events subcommittee: Besides the events subcommittee Chair, there are three other members of this subcommittee. Each of the three other members has a specific role in addition to the general business of the subcommittee. Their specialties are Eagle Scout recognition, speaker’s series, and social events. The Eagle Scout recognition chair organizes the annual council Eagle Scout recognition event honoring the Eagle Scout class of the recently ended year. They hold this event during Scouting’s anniversary week in early February. They get adult Eagle Scouts with good jobs to pay for themselves and sponsor an Eagle Scout to attend. Parents of Eagle Scouts are welcome to take part, and they pay their own way. The speaker’s series chair maintains an up to-date list of Eagle Scouts who are available to speak upon request. They do so at their own expense. The social events chair works with the district chairmen of the council to hold a district Eagle Scout social event twice a year from 6:30 to 8 p.m. on a week night. At this event, the district Chair and district executive speak two on one with each Eagle Scout about how they can get involved in Scouting again.

Service projects subcommittee: Besides the service projects subcommittee Chair, there are three other members of this subcommittee. Each of the three other members has a specific role, besides the general business of the subcommittee. These three members head up projects undertaken by the council NESA committee. Some examples of the projects they will manage include making repairs at camp, providing manpower for the council recognition banquet, or doing any other tasks wherever or whenever they are needed.

Communications subcommittee: Besides the communications subcommittee Chair, there are three other members of this subcommittee. Each member has a specific role, besides the general business of the subcommittee. The Eagle search Chair searches for Eagle Scouts living in the council and invites them to join NESA and become involved in Scouting again. The e-communication chair feeds good Eagle Scout stories o the council website, Eagle email list, and community blogs. The scholarship chair promotes available Eagle Scout scholarships and keeps up on their availability.

Membership/district liaison subcommittee: Besides the membership/district liaison subcommittee Chair, there are three other members of this subcommittee. Each member has a specific role in addition to the general business of the subcommittee. The membership Chair’s primary function is to promote Eagle Scouts’ becoming members of NESA. He helps troops include in their budgets the purchase of NESA life memberships for all of their Eagle Scouts. The district liaison chair stays in touch with district chairmen to help fill volunteer positions with Eagle Scouts. The Eagle Scout court of honor assistance chair helps troops and crews plan the proper and meaningful courts of honor that Eagle Scouts deserve.

Note: The above-described committee has 23 members. Every council in the BSA has 23 adult Eagle Scouts who could be recruited for the positions above. There could be more members to help, but the Pie-in-the-Sky Council seems to be leading with its 23 committee members. Do you think your council can top Pie-in-the-Sky Council? We encourage you to try!