Parents of an Eagle Scout

And Eagle Scouts that are Now Parents

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Delivery of the
Eagle ScoutParents Program

Service Groups To Be Formed by
Councils, Districts, Units, Associations and Community Relationships

(A.) Identify one or more Eagle ScoutParents (ESP) who has a strong, passionate personality, to spearhead the program. The person(s) should come from the volunteer base, with a council/district executive who will encourage and help with follow up needs.

(Important that each Eagle ScoutParents service group is formed to be a service and social networking group - working together, to promote Scouting growth. The health of the Boy Scout movement is the main stay of Eagle ScoutParents.)

(B.) Meetings of Eagle ScoutParents should be held as receptions, or at Scouting events, that showcase the organization.

They should initially be informal, with meetings set to review and work out collective ideas that apply to the needs of Scouting in the community.

(C.) While ESP Service Groups are special and exclusive in their very entity, care must be taken that membership in Eagle ScoutParents centers and focuses on the spirit in which the BSA National Parent Initiative and BSA Alumni Connection programs are conceived.

(D.) An Eagle ScoutParents project is defined as a concept, an idea, or a project that stimulates a particular need in Scouting. This would include Mom and Dad projects. It is established and acted upon by an individual or group. Ideally, it is a project that takes pressure off of leadership at the unit level and allows the leaders the ability to deliver Scouting without additional work.  A project may involve a unit, a district, a council, or a community. It is limited only by your imagination, abilities, and resources.

(E.) Each ESP Service Group will decide on the needs and outreach by a poll of its membership. However, individual ESP Mom and Dad Projects must be encouraged, supported, and may be the catalyst for the formulation of an Eagle ScoutParents group in your area.

(F.) ESP projects and program ideas should be stimulating and serve Scouting ideals.

(G.) Each ESP Service Group can develop a plan to deliver the program in their community.

(H.)  Once established, different area ESP Service Groups will network with one another to share their individual or collective projects.

(I.)  ESP Service groups will function within council guidelines as provided by the National office.

(J.) ESP's are developed through traditional Scouting membership rolls (unit rosters and council lists) as well as from outside of Scouting circles (business groups, religious institutions, service clubs, professional associations, military institutions, etc).

ESP Service Groups are encouraged as a part of the BSA National Parent Initiative.

Any need for funding will be self-directed by each ESP Service Group. Fund-raising for ESP projects and support of community service projects shall be the responsibility of each ESP Service Group. For help in development of fundraising, please contact the Founding ESP Chapter, while working closely with your local council.

Eagle ScoutParents and the
BSA National Parent Initiative

The Boy Scouts of America is steeped in rich traditions and has provided millions of Scouts and ScoutParents with the guidelines and structure for a strong foundation. As we move toward the completion of the first 100 years, we will help to establish enhanced-guidelines for the next 100 years. We proudly salute the service that the Boy Scouts of America has provided our youth, their ScoutParents, families and friends of Scouting.

Scouting Service to Their Communities...
To 'Be Prepared' Makes A Difference

In the1910's, Scouts helped by selling bonds and growing victory gardens. The efforts of Scouts in paper collection and the Ash Tree census provided much needed service to America during the late 30's and early 40's.

The 'Get Out The Vote' headlined during the fifties. The good will/good turn programs carried the sixties. The efforts of the Emergency Service Corps and Exploring were popular in the late 30's through the early 70's. Scouting has served America well since it started in 1910.

Today, the awareness of poverty, housing, and the collection of food to feed those less fortunate confirms that Scouting continues to make an indelible mark on America. Eagle ScoutParents wishes to engage the memories of their collective experiences and to continue the rich traditions of service to others. The collective years and experiences of this esteemed group have and will continue to make a difference in the lives of future generations of Scouting Families.

The Purpose of Eagle ScoutParents

The purpose of Eagle ScoutParents is to inspire parents of Eagle Scouts and Eagle Scouts that are now parents to re-connect and re-engage with Scouting. By reaching out through mentoring, the skill sets and life experiences they learned in Scouting are paramount.

As Eagle Scouts who are now parents, we know how our experiences in Scouting have prepared us for the challenges of raising a family. Our pledge and charge as Eagles should never waiver. As parents of Eagle Scouts, we know first hand of the many ways Scouting has provided growth experiences and created a higher level of positive leadership in our families.

The Eagle ScoutParents Challenge

The foremost responsibility of an Eagle Scout Parent (ESP) is to live with honor. To an ESP, honor is the foundation of all character. He knows that "An ESP is Trustworthy" is the very first point of the Scout Law for a good reason. An ESP lives honorably, not only because honor is important to them, but because of the vital significance of the example he sets for other Parents Of Character. Living honorably reflects credit on your Home, your Church, your Troop, and your Community. May the white of the Eagle Scout badge remind you to always live with honor.

The second obligation of an ESP is Loyalty. An ESP is true to their Family, Scout Leaders, Friends, Community and Nation. The loyalty to the Boy Scouts and Scouting Relationships makes you want to pitch in and carry your share of the load. All of these help to build the loyalty which means devotion to Community, to Country, to One's Own Ideals, and to God. Let the blue of the Eagle Scout badge always inspire your loyalty.

The third obligation of an ESP is to be Courageous. Courage has always been a quality by which ESPs measure themselves and others. To an ESP, Bravery means not only the Courage to face physical danger, but the determination to stand up for the right. Trusting in God, with faith in his fellowman, ESPs looks forward to each day, seeking their share of the world's work to do. Let the red of the Eagle Scout badge remind you always of Courage.

The fourth obligation of an ESP is to be Cheerful. To remind the ESP to always wear a smile, the red, white, and blue ribbon is attached to the scroll of the Second Class Scout award, which has its ends turned up in a smile.

The final responsibility of an ESP is Service. The ESP extends a helping hand to those who still toil up Scouting's trail, just as others helped them in their climb to the son's rank of Eagle Scout The performance of the daily Good Turn takes on a new meaning with continuing service to others. The Eagle stands as protector of the weak and helpless. The Eagle represents aid and comfort for the unfortunate and the oppressed. The Eagle symbolizes the rights of others while defending his own. The Eagle Scout will always "Be Prepared" to put forth his best.

You deserve much credit for having achieved been active Parents in your son's path to earning the Eagle Scout rank - Scouting's highest award. But wear your award with humility, ever mindful that the Eagle Scout (and his Eagle Scout Parents) are looked up to as examples. May the Scout Oath and the Scout Law be your guide for tomorrow and onward.

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Eagle ScoutParents was conceived and developed by

Nathan A. Wolfstein IV and Erik H. Torgerson

Eagle ScoutParents of Troop 139 - Cahuenga District, Western Los Angeles County Council (WLACC) BSA. As Co-Founders we would like to recognize the invaluable help and leadership of Keith Christopher, Director, BSA National Leadership Support Services (Programs Group) Division, who helped take our vision of Eagle ScoutParents to the next level, as part of the BSA National Parent Initiative and the BSA Alumni Connection.

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