Scouts-L Mail Archive for December of 1999: Re: NESA (Alpha Phi Omega/NESA relations)
Re: NESA (Alpha Phi Omega/NESA relations)
Tue, 7 Dec 1999 12:31:29 -0500
National Eagle Scout Association/B.S.A. and Alpha Phi Omega
entered into an agreement about 10 or 15 years ago which
established Alpha Phi Omega as the official college organization
for Eagle Scouts. Previously, there were a variety of independent
efforts being made to set up collegiate Eagle
Scout Associations without much coordination or
approval from BSA. It was felt that the existing APO chapter
structure on many college and university campuses
throughout the nation, and the Scouting roots of Alpha Phi Omega
constituted an appropriate and natural choice
for such an organization. Thus NESA and
BSA literature provide references to Alpha Phi Omega
for college-bound Scouts/Venturers and Eagle Scouts to continue their
service opportunities in APO.
Many APO chapters have chartered as Venturing
Crews and/or Sea Scout ships, thus provide additional opportunities for
Eagle Scouts and APO members in conducting such service projects
as Merit Badge Universities (MBU) for Councils and Districts,
assistance with Council and District events such
as Klondike Derbies, camporees, Venturing events,
Venturing Leadership training, etc. The National Scouting and
Youth Service Committee of APO is currently developing a guidebook
for organizing and conducting Merit Badge Universities since
many Chapters already conduct large and highly successful events
for their Councils and Districts.
Our APO Chapter/Venturing Crew has conducted
MBU's for our District for about five years, both in Spring and
Fall semesters, and has an average attendance of about 350 Scouts and
Adult leaders. The MBU "Chancellor" also developed a computer
program for scheduling Scouts and Leaders into classes based
on priority/preference system which has been very effective.
Our MBU also includes a "University of Scouting"
curriculum for adult leaders with a variety of course offerings
such as Youth Protection, Scoutmaster and Venturing Advisor fast
start, Risk Management/Health & Safety, Red Cross Community First Aid and CPR,
Aquatics/Safety Afloat training, Merit Badge Counseling, Scouting
on the Internet, High Adventure Planning, etc.
Bob Amick, Advisor, Venturing Crew/Sea Scout Ship 72, Boulder, CO;
Advisory Board Chair, Gamma Theta Chapter, Alpha Phi Omega,
University of Colorado at Boulder;
Member, Alpha Phi Omega National Scouting and Youth Services Committee
>Mike Sexton wrote in part...
>Can anyone tell me why we have stopped chartering NESA Chapters