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<p>2017 NESA-DC Action PlanPage 14</p> <p>National Eagle Scout Association National Capital Area Council </p> <p>2017 Action Plan</p> <p>Update: April 3, 2017</p> <p>Dr. David Paschane, Chairman (Volunteer)CEO, Aplin LLC202-256-5763David.Paschane@AplinPartners.com</p> <p>About NESA-DC</p> <p>NESA-DC is a Committee of the National Capital Area Council (NCAC) of the Boy Scouts of America, and an affiliate chapter of the National Eagle Scouts Association (NESA). </p> <p>The NESA-DC mission is to amplify the path of Eagle Scouts, in their careers and communities, thus increase their ability to contribute to the experience of scouts and the national reputation of Scouting. </p> <p>NESA-DC Context</p> <p>NESA-DC recognizes that Scouting is a robust curriculum that offers experienced-based learning in many technical and life-skill subjects. The curriculum is carefully vetted to ensure significant lifelong value, and reinforced by principles of integrity and persistence. The experiences are structured locally, and reflect the communities in which scouts choose to engage and develop their leadership skills. </p> <p>Scouting emphasizes an individual taking responsibility to improve themselves, their community, and the environment. Annually, 4% to 6% of boy scouts achieve the rank of Eagle Scout. The achievement represents a sustained commitment to diverse learning, personal development, community service, and applied leadership. The rank of Eagle is achieved before a boy turns 18 years old, but the foundation of the experience lasts a lifetime. </p> <p>In the DC region, about 1,500 boy scouts obtain the rank of Eagle each year. Including Eagles who have made the national capital region their home, the estimated count of Eagles is 15,000. Given the large count of Eagles, and their diverse professional backgrounds, this represents an opportunity to build a strong alumni association that is a powerful resource for Scouting and the Nation. </p> <p>NESA-DC Membership</p> <p>Currently, membership in NESA-DC requires that you are an Eagle Scout, in good standing with Scouting principles, and live in the region of the NCAC. </p> <p>NCAC is large and includes counties in Maryland and Virginia, as well as the District of Columbia and the U.S. Virgin Islands. In total, the Council has twenty-one districts and over 50,000 boy scouts. See the interactive map.</p> <p>NESA-DC is an affiliate of NESA, which coordinates a set of awards, scholarships, initiatives, and other actions in support of the BSA. </p> <p>NESA-DC Goals</p> <p>Our goals allow us to focus on practical actions that can have multiple effects within our mission. </p> <p>1. Career Navigation assist young Eagles in organizing their choices and online profiles for marketability, networking, and mentoring. </p> <p>2. Career Advancement facilitate opportunities for Eagles to promote their career goals, develop business opportunities, and assist each other during career transitions. </p> <p>3. Scouting Leadership monitor the feedback of Eagle who are volunteering in Scouting, and pinpoint where we can help support their leadership. </p> <p>4. Philanthropy Leadership organize fundraising events and products in support of purchasing of Eagle Kits and subsidizing camp leader positions.</p> <p>5. Leadership Recognition promote the public image of Scouting by recognizing notable Eagles with prestigious awards and award ceremonies. </p> <p>6. Environmental Conservation work with partners to analyze and prioritize regional conservation projects that scouts can lead or join. </p> <p>7. Youth Education work with regional partners to support testing of educational projects and curriculum that are complementary to Scouting. </p> <p>8. Risk Reduction work with partners to understand the risk-reduction benefits of Scouting, and organize Eagles as sponsors, such as scouts of wounded warriors. </p> <p>NESA-DC Committee Organization</p> <p>The NESA-DC Committee Chairman and the Executive Committee will help organize Eagles who will volunteer to lead the following eight committees, which correspond to our eight goals: </p> <p>Career Navigation CommitteeCareer Advancement CommitteeScouting Leadership CommitteePhilanthropy Leadership CommitteeLeadership Recognition CommitteeEnvironmental Conservation CommitteeYouth Education CommitteeRisk Reduction Committee</p> <p>Due to the large geographic territory of the Council, the committees will operate through locations that are under the discretion of the committee chairmen. </p> <p>The NESA-DC Executive Committee, which will meet telephonically once a quarter. Substantive operations and planning matters, between the committee chairmen and the NESA-DC Chairman will be arranged, as needed. </p> <p>The current NESA-DC Chairman is Dr. David PaschanePhone: 202-256-5763Email: David.Paschane@AplinPartners.comOffice: 10700 Harper Ave., Suite 1, Silver Spring, MD 20901</p> <p>The NESA-DC business page in on LinkedIn, to foster rapid connectivity between professional profiles, and support the goals of the Career Navigation and Career Advancement committees:</p> <p>https://www.linkedin.com/company-beta/11039308</p> <p>Chairman of committees can list their service on their LinkedIn profile, under experience, with the company name as the NESA-DC business page, National Eagle Scout Association - National Capital Region. See the example below:</p> <p>A priority goal of NESA-DC is to enable Eagles to obtain an official, permanent, market-vetted, digitally-hosted certificate for the achievement of the Eagle award, which can be displayed on their LinkedIn profile. </p> <p>Aplin Labs will provide an independent analysis of the market value of the applied education represented by the award, thus verifying its meaning to potential non-Scouting viewers and analysts. Aplin Labs will also provide the permanent hosting and linking services that are required to attach and display the certificate within the LinkedIn profile. The costs will be significantly lower than commercial providers of LinkedIn certificates, and donated to new Eagles in the NCAC. </p> <p>The digital certificate will provide several benefits: 1. Independent qualification of a set of marketable skills and experiences2. Verification of foundational learning to employers and business associates 3. Opportunity for coordinators to identify Eagles through online search engines4. Opportunity for Eagles to find other Eagles for networking and mentoring5. A model for encouraging and recognizing adult learning, volunteering, and philanthropy</p> <p>NESA-DC Objectives and Status</p> <p>Each committee will pursue one feasible initiative to achieve an objective within its goal. As many of the volunteer leaders are new to NESA-DC, the 2017 objectives are narrowly focused. </p> <p>Career Navigation Committee</p> <p>Chairman: Andrew McCoy</p> <p>Committee Members: Christian Hoehner</p> <p>Goal: To assist young Eagles in organizing their choices and online profiles for marketability, networking, and mentoring. </p> <p>Objective: Develop a guide for Eagles to optimize the value of their online profiles, with guidance on how to network and promote themselves, and seek mentoring from those they wish to know in their career of interest. </p> <p>Initiative: Provide a one-day event, Careen Navigation Day, at the NCAC headquarters, where each Eagle can receive tutoring on amplifying a LinkedIn profile, and start to build their career network through NESA-DC members. </p> <p>Status: The one-day event is scheduled for May 13, 2007, at the NCAC building. Volunteers will bring a laptop to assist with profiles. Aaron Chusid, with NCAC, will provide notices to those who achieved Eagle in the last 7 years, including messages through local universities and troops. </p> <p>Career Advancement Committee</p> <p>Chairman: Vacant</p> <p>Committee Members: Alan Balanger (Bethesda Host), Craig Davis (Tysons Host), Drew Eacker (DC Host), Sven Rundman (Fredericksburg Host), Tejas Patel (Herndon Host)</p> <p>Goal: To facilitate opportunities for Eagles to promote their career goals, develop business opportunities, and assist each other during career transitions. </p> <p>Objective: Create helpful online communications, and regular social events that fit the interests of locally gathered Eagles, where they can discuss their business and career goals, and seek the assistance of their fellow Eagles. Create an online directory to make career advancement goals apparent to NESA-DC members. </p> <p>Status: NESA-DC has a business page on LinkedIn to facilitate career-oriented engagements, and reinforce the hosted events. Eagles are hosting five career advancement engagements. We are seeking volunteer hosts to stand up other events to accommodate interests of Eagles across the large NCAC geography. </p> <p>Tysons Lunch</p> <p>Bethesda Happy Hour</p> <p>Scouting Leadership Committee</p> <p>Chairman: Vacant</p> <p>Committee Members: Vacant</p> <p>Goal: To monitor the feedback of Eagle who are volunteering in scouting, and pinpoint where we can help support their leadership. </p> <p>Objective: Provide an annual survey for Eagles in the NCAC to provide specific feedback to NESA-DC, and supplement this information with routine conversations between NESA-DC Eagles and local scout leaders (e.g., Scoutmasters, District Executives), and use these insights to reinforce the goals of scouts and new Eagles, and advise NCAC and BSA, as appropriate. </p> <p>Status: The estimated number of Eagles in the NCAC is 15,000, and nearly 2,500 Eagles are actively volunteering in scouting roles (17%). NESA-DC is seeking to confirm this indicator, and determine how it compares to other BSA Councils. A new event was held in Takoma Park, MD to support a local troop, like a longstanding annual event in Frederick that honors new Eagles and raises funds for local scouting. In February 2017, NESA-DC designed and distributed an interest survey to 11,526 contacts, opened by 28% (3,214), and completed by 333 (10%). A notable 70% of respondents indicated that NESA-DC actions in the past have not been helpful in enabling their volunteer actions in scouting, but they indicated that the current NESA-DC goals could be helpful to them (54% to 65%). About a third of respondents indicated an interest in helping NESA-DC in specific areas (35% to 44%), with only 5% to 7% indicated they were very interested. </p> <p>Philanthropy Leadership Committee</p> <p>Chairman: Vacant</p> <p>Committee Members: Vacant</p> <p>Goal: To organize fundraising events and products in support of purchasing of Eagle Kits and subsidizing camp leader positions. </p> <p>Objective: Organize a convenient and low-cost campaign that encourages Eagles to order Eagle Kits ($25) in honor of other people. The NCAC would host the online purchases, deliver the kits, and send to the selected honoree (e.g., scoutmaster, parent, etc.) a postcard noting the gift given to a new Eagle Scout by the buyer. NESA-DC will track the achievements of the campaign to help NESA-DC plan its philanthropy leadership. Another campaign plan is to sell DC United jackets with the NESA-DC shoulder patch on them, in support of subsidizing camp leader positions. </p> <p>Status: Aaron Chusid, with NCAC, will help organize the Eagle Kit campaign logistics with NESA-DC. The estimated need is 1,500 kits next year. The campaign to raise funds for camp leader positions is on hold until NESA-DC determines the popularity of Eagles participating in Scouting Games at DC United (May 13 and September 9). </p> <p>Leadership Recognition Committee</p> <p>Chairman: Don Ellison</p> <p>Committee Members: Vacant</p> <p>Goal: To promote the public image of scouting by recognizing notable Eagles with prestigious awards and award ceremonies. </p> <p>Objective: The committee organizes and raises funds in support of a ceremony to award the NESA Outstanding Eagle Scout Award (NOESA) to local leaders who have demonstrated outstanding achievement at the local, state, or regional level. The committee also selects and awards the Glenn A. and Melinda W. Adams National Eagle Scout Service Project of the Year Award to recognize valuable service of an exceptional nature by a Scout to a religious institution, a school, community, or other entity. The committee takes a leading role in other events, such as the presentation of a wreath at the Abraham Lincoln memorial on the day of his birthday. The committee is also considering plans for producing a promotional film of interview excerpts of distinguished Eagles who are active in our nations political affairs. </p> <p>Status: The annual NOESA award ceremony will be held in Spring of 2017, at the Army-Navy Club, Washington, DC. The committee is seeking individual and corporate sponsors for the event. The Adams award will be made at the same event. </p> <p>Environmental Conservation Committee</p> <p>Chairman: William Layden</p> <p>Committee Members: William Bowerman </p> <p>Goal: To work with partners to analyze and prioritize regional conservation projects that scouts can lead or join. </p> <p>Objective: Build an online, searchable map of the national capital region that displays trails and watersheds, and places where local partners identify problems with land erosion, water loss, trial safety, and pollution. Use the map to generate priority analyses for service projects. NESA-DC Eagles will volunteer and support the promotion of community volunteers in these projects. Scouts looking to lead service projects in environmental conservation can work with NESA-DC to plan their work. </p> <p>Status: William Bowerman, Chair of the Department of Environmental Science and Technology at the University of Maryland is determining the role that students can play in supporting the development of the regional map. </p> <p>Youth Education Committee</p> <p>Chairman: Dr. Thomas Acklin</p> <p>Committee Members: Vacant</p> <p>Goal: To work with regional partners to support testing of educational projects and curriculum that are complementary to scouting. </p> <p>Objective: Analyze the work of regional partners to identify strengths in educational projects, which are complementary to the scouting curriculum. Eagles will volunteer to help in these projects, as a means of helping scouts and promoting scouting opportunities for other youth. </p> <p>Status: NESA-DC has examined Project Future Institute as an example of building confidence in students ability to strengthen how they think about their own learning capacity. David Samuels will speak to the Tysons event on the benefits of Junior Achievement, a resource that is specified in learning materials for the American Business merit badge. William Bowerman is examining the opportunities that can be created in a partnership with the International Fellowship of Scouting Rotarians. </p> <p>Risk Reduction Committee</p> <p>Chairman: Vacant</p> <p>Committee Members: Marc Moore</p> <p>Goal: To work with partners to understand the risk-reduction benefits of scouting, and organize Eagles as sponsors, such as scouts of wounded warriors. </p> <p>Objective: Work with community service providers, such as Fisher House, to identify where scouts face lifelong risks due to unexpected events in their respective families. Encourage Eagles to sponsor these sco...</p>