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Deadline extended to apply to be the 2014 NESA Eagle Scout Biologist

The National Eagle Scout Association (NESA) has expanded its special projects to place Eagles on expeditions. These unique experiences provide an entry into the world of exploration. In 2014, NESA through the BSA’s STEM Initiative will select one Eagle Scout to participate in field experiments at the Tiputini Biodiversity Station (TBS) in the eastern Ecuador Amazon rainforest. The Eagle will be accompanied by an adult from his council or an adult family member.

This is a spectacular opportunity to experience different biological disciplines! TBS resides in one of the most biodiverse areas in the world, the Yasuni Reserve, deep in the Amazon rainforest. TBS is operated and staffed by University de San Francisco Quito (USFQ) and is affiliated with Boston College. Students and researchers who attend TBS are supported by good accommodations, meals, and health resources.

The Eagle will assist in the installation and monitoring of an important camera trap program to document the diversity of wildlife. Some animals have never been seen except in very rare photos from this system. This area has the highest concentrations of jaguar and ocelot in the world but it also has cougar, tapir, peccaries, capybara, giant armadillo, anteaters, and a host of smaller rare carnivore and herbivore species. Diverse birds, insects, and arachnids are in abundance. There are other opportunities for the interested participant. Primate researchers are often there because of the multiple monkey species and scientists in other disciplines are common. Very interesting canopy walks are available in this Amazonian paradise.

Eagle Scouts who are qualified and would like to be considered for this wonderful opportunity must submit a maximum 250-word essay to NESAbiologist@scouting.org with the subject line of Eagle Scout Biologist, no later than midnight, March 28, 2014.

Finalists will be chosen from the essay submissions and notified by April 4, 2014. They will then need to submit a link to a 3-minute YouTube video expressing reasons to support their selection by midnight April 11, 2014, with the winner notified on April 18, 2014.

To be considered for the 2014 Eagle Scout Biologist, candidates must:

  • Be an Eagle Scout
  • Be 18 years of age by June 1, 2014
  • 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 to him personally, and how Scouting prepared him for this.
  • Either have a current passport or obtain one no later than May 30, 2014
  • Submit an essay no more than 250 words on why you are the best person to go on an expedition to the Amazon rainforest as the 2014 Eagle Scout Biologist. This must be submitted to NESAbiologist@scouting.org no later than midnight March 28, 2014.

The person selected to be the 2014 Eagle Scout Biologist will be notified April 18, 2014.

Costs for the selected candidate and companion will total $1000. Dates for this approximately 10 day trip will be between June and September and be decided by mutual availability.

For additional information about the project, visit the Tiputini or University of San Francisco Quito websites. http://www.usfq.edu.ec/programas_academicos/Tiputini/Paginas/About-us.aspx