Yearbooks are priceless windows into the past, and the Eagle Scout Yearbook, Class of 2013 will be no exception.
To make it happen, though, the National Eagle Scout Association needs your help to fill the yearbook’s pages with the stories of the 56,841 young men who earned Eagle last year.
If you or a young man you know earned the Eagle Scout rank in 2013, make sure you don’t miss out on the chance to be a part of this momentous opportunity. The yearbook is an exciting new tradition started last year (and something I wish was around when I earned my Eagle Scout award in 1999).
We normally associate yearbooks with high school, but the journey toward Scouting’s highest honor has a lot in common with the journey toward graduation.
“We see getting the Eagle Scout rank as on par with getting a high school diploma,” says Ryan Larson, associate director of NESA. “A yearbook lets these Eagle Scouts track this moment in history. They can look back 30 or 40 years from now at those memories.”
If they haven’t already, members of the 2013 Eagle Scout class will soon hear from the company that NESA commissioned to make the book, Publishing Concepts (PCI).
Dallas-based PCI publishes directories for educational institutions, fraternities, sororities and military organizations across the nation. They’ve been around for 30 years, so they know what they’re doing.
PCI will contact 2013 Eagle Scouts by phone, email or snail mail to gather information from these young men. I’m talking name, Eagle project, favorite merit badge, dream job, favorite author and more.
I know you get a lot of junk mail, spam and irritating calls from telemarketers. But this is one contact you won’t want to ignore. You can also be proactive and get in touch with PCI directly at 1-800-395-4724. Remember, this is for 2013 Eagle Scouts only.
The number above is also the one to use if you prefer not to have certain information printed in the yearbook.
PCI will give these 2013 Eagle Scouts a chance to purchase the yearbook when they call. Note that only 2013 Eagle Scouts may purchase the 2013 Eagle Scout Yearbook, which should be shipped out around December 2014.
It’s important to mention that this isn’t a money-making scheme for the National Eagle Scout Association or the Boy Scouts of America. Profit from the book will go toward NESA scholarships.
As I mentioned last year, money for NESA scholarships is up 165 percent since 2007, thanks in part to innovative programs like this one. NESA gave out roughly $600,000 in scholarships last year and wants to keep growing that number.
Note: The inside pages in the featured image at the top of this post are mock-ups of the 2013 yearbook and do not represent the final layout or text. They are for illustration purposes only.