The National Eagle Scout Association wants to make college more affordable for more than 100 worthy Eagle Scouts across the country.

The window for 2017 Eagle Scout scholarships opened Aug. 1, 2016, and will close on Oct. 31, 2016.

In the 2015-2016 window, the National Eagle Scout Association (NESA) awarded $640,000 in scholarships to 140 Eagle Scouts.

For the 2016-2017 window, NESA's goal is to increase the number of recipients to 150. That includes scholarships ranging from $1,000 to $50,000.

Despite some online rumors about these scholarships, NESA doesn’t have the funds to offer money to each of the more than 5,000 applicants. Less than 3 percent of those who apply will receive scholarships.

In the past, NESA scholarships were available only to Scouts attending four-year universities. Now Scouts attending vocational trade schools and other approved programs may apply.

Keep reading for the more information about the the 2017 NESA scholarships.


Since its founding in 1910, the Boy Scouts of America has had fully participating members with physical, mental, and emotional disabilities. James E. West, the first Chief Scout Executive, was a person with a disability. Although most of the BSA's efforts have been directed at keeping such boys in the mainstream of Scouting, it has also recognized the special needs of those with significant disabilities. To find out more about advancement for Scouts with Special Needs, click on the "Read more" link, below.


Engineering and

To engage our youth members in STEM, the Boy Scouts of America has created exciting new program initiatives that emphasize STEM in the context of the current advancement programs.

Internet advancement is the process that Scouting units use to record and track advancement ranks and awards for their youth. This process can be done from any Internet-connected computer at any time.

Click on the link below for more information on Cub Scout Advancement and for links to frequently used Cub Scout forms.


For information on 

Boy Scout Advancement


For information on the
National Eagle Scout Association (NESA)



For information on 

Venturing Advancement



The religious award program for the BSA is administered
by  P.R.A.Y. (Program of Religious Activities for Youth).
For more information
on this program


The merit badge counselor is a key player in the Boy Scout advancement program.

Information on how to become a merit badge counselor is available by clicking on the link below

Resources that our council has made available for Life Scouts on their "Trail to Eagle" are available at the link below.

Scout Service and Training Center

If you need help with your Scout unit, or just a new uniform, the staff of the Scout Service and Training Center is here to help you make Scouting successful in Northeastern Pennsylvania.

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