• 20 Sep 2012 08:23 | Anonymous member

    For a Report covering the activities of the Association for the 2011-2012 fiscal year, please click the link below:


    Annual Report - 2011

  • 10 Sep 2012 09:38 | Anonymous member
    What a great fall weekend to share fellowship with members of the Shawnee Lodge.

    Special thanks to those members of ESA and a few walk-ons, who made nearly 1,000 cheese sandwiches on Friday Night, and help prepare and serve Saturday dinner for more than 1,500 Scouts and Scouters. Job very well done!

    Also, met many new friends at the Root Beer Social. We hope that this effort provided an opportunity for many Scouts and Scouters to gain awareness of the historic tradition and bright future of our association.

    We hope to see many of these new fans get engaged and join our ranks. We know the benefits offered to our members are huge when compared to our annual dues of $20. We hope that our new fans visit, and determine if ESA is right for them!

    With these new members, we can accomplish greater deeds, encourage more Scouts traveling the Trail to Eagle and encourage more Eagle Scouts as we fulfill our Eagle Pledge.

    Together we can continue to serve the Greater St. Louis Area Council and continue to give back to this great institution a small part of what has been provided to so many of us.

    We look forward to our next Fund Raising Event, November 3, Trivia Night. Proceeds raised at this event to fund Eagle Scout Scholarships, awarded to outstanding Eagle Scouts in the Greater St. Louis Area. To register for this very important event please visit  Please plan to attend and re-kindle the fire, support these young Eagles as they continue to progress through a life of servant leadership.

    Michael R. Brand
    Membership Chair 2012 -2013
  • 28 Aug 2012 16:26 | Anonymous member
    One hundred years after Arthur Eldred of New York earned this nation's first Eagle Scout Award, new, independent research demonstrates the significant, positive impact Eagle Scouts have on society every day.  Since it was first awarded in 1912, more than 2 million young men have achieved the Boy Scouts of America's highest rank. The study conducted by Baylor University, Merit Beyond the Badges, found that Eagle Scouts are more likely than men who have never been in Scouting to:
    • Have higher levels of planning and preparation skills, be goal-oriented, and network with others
    • Be in a leadership position at their place of employment or local community
    • Report having closer relationships with family and friends
    • Volunteer for religious and nonreligious organizations
    • Donate money to charitable groups
    • Work with others to improve their neighborhoods
  • 26 Aug 2012 11:46 | Anonymous member

    We all know the story of the W.D. Boyce and the "Unknown Scout"  which led to the founding of the Scouting movement in the United States.


    The story fewer people know is that of Arthur Eldred, the first Eagle Scout.  The achievements of this man will be celebrated by the Eagle Scout Association of Greater St. Louis at the Fall Reunion held by the Shawnee Lodge of the Order of the Arrow.


    According to research conducted by Gary Twite of the Chief Seattle Council, Eldred grew up in Long Island, New York.  His Troop served as an honor guard for a visit by Lord Baden-Powell.  Scouting's founder shook Eldred's hand and questioned him about his array of badges.  Eldred, of modest demeanor, turned red as Badn-Powell continued to inquire about the young man's experiences in Scouting.


    In the same year, Eldred would be grilled again by a different group, the national staff of the Boy Scouts of America, in the first Eagle Scout board of review.  On  August 21, 1912, Chief Scout Executive James E. West formally notified Eldred that he would be the first Eagle Scout.  It has been one hundred years since Eldred blased the trail for those of us who would follow such a path. 


    As such, the Eagle Scout Association of Greater St. Louis, Inc. would like to celebrate by holding a Root Beer Social immediately following the Shawnee Lodge Officer Elections. 


    This social will offer an environment for Eagles to gather, meet new friends, and reconnect with old ones.  All Eagles Scouts are encouraged to attend to honor the centeniial of Eldred's achievement. 


    Also, Eagle Scouts are encourage to join us as we provide service to the Shawnee Lodge as we prepare and serve the Saturday evening dinner at the Fall Reunion.  Additionally, on Friday night, Eagle Scouts are welcome as we put together meals for the Candidates.


    We look forward to seeing at the OA Fall Reunion, as we celebrate this fun and important milestone in Scouting.


    Register today! Shawnee Lodge Fall Reunion Service Project


    Your in Scouting


    Michael R. Brand

  • 21 Aug 2012 14:02 | Anonymous member

    We recognizes the following young men who recently achieved Scouting’s highest rank…


    Boone Trails District

    Devon Benton, Troop 976, American Legion Post 312

    Adam Brodack, Troop 997, Ostmann Elementary PTO

    Austin Christman, Troop 990, St. Paul United Church of Christ

    Andrew Clote, Troop 972, Chapel of the Lake

    Grant Colligan, Troop 964, VFW Post 4219 – St. Charles

    John Dosland, Troop 351, St. Charles Borromeo Church

    Alexander Gambill, Troop 997, Ostmann Elementary PTO

    Anthony Greco, Troop 35, St. Joachim &St. Ann Catholic Church

    Joseph Higgins, Troop 977, Salvation Army O’Fallon Corps

    Grant Krull, Troop 997, Ostmann Elementary PTO

    Adam Marroquin, Troop 856, Church of the Immaculate Heart of Mary

    Jonathan Milewczik, Troop 72, Kohl-Jeck VFW Post 2866

    Jacques Perrault, Troop 72, Kohl-Jeck VFW Post 2866

    Eric Polashek, Troop 984, Dardenne Presbyterian Church

    Jordan Robinson, Team 6952, LDS – Missouri River Ward – North County Stake

    Zachary Tallevast, Troop 972, Chapel of the Lake

    Lucas Taylor, Troop 72, Kohl-Jeck VFWPost 2866

    Michael Wamsganz Jr., Troop 984, Dardenne Presbyterian Church

    Daniel Wilson, Troop 975, Our SaviorLutheran Church


    Cherokee District

    Mark Blanton, Troop 41, Kiwanis Club of Sikeston


    Gravois Trail District

    Alexander Aiello, Troop 142, Home Schoolers

    Cory Bach, Troop 821, Affton School Mothers’ Club

    Jeffrey Brusselback, Troop 724,Southview School PTO

    Joseph Chibnall, Troop 662, Queen of All Saints Act./Assn./KOC No. 10136

    Jeremy Compton, Troop 580, Long School LPG

    Sean Conners, Troop 25, Concord School PTG

    Grant Erard, Troop 826, Kennerly School PTO

    Andrew Fix, Troop 662, Queen of All Saints Act./Assn./KOC No. 10136

    Joshua Gobel, Troop 584, Christ Memorial Lutheran Men’s Club

    James Goede, Troop 824, Washington Middle School PTO

    Nicholas Keim, Troop 724, Southview School PTO

    Christian Liebmann, Troop 473, Forder School PTO

    Joseph Nickel, Troop 331, American Legion Post 300 & Salem Men’s Club

    Michal Polansky, Troop 121, LDS – Oakville Ward South St. Louis Stake

    Derek Stapleton, Troop 778, YBC 129

    John Valentine, Troop 725, St. Dominic Savio Catholic Church

    Michael Walsh, Troop 662, Queen of All Saints Act./Assn./KOC No. 10136


    Kaskaskia District

    Christopher Linton, Troop 44, Mt. Moriah Lutheran Church

    Garrett, Lloyd, Troop 47, First Christian Church



    New Horizons District

    Tirso Aquino, Troop 631, St. Mark Presbyterian Church

    Connor Black, Crew 2843, LDS - Chesterfield Ward - St. Louis Stake

    Joseph Burleski III, Crew 2601, Rotary Club – Chesterfield

    Benjamin Clark, Troop 496, Mason Ridge School PTA

    Timothy Day, Troop 313, Three Thirteen Parents Club

    Michael Doell, Troop 322, Eureka United Methodist Church

    Jeremiah Doyle, Troop 352, Keysor School PTO

    Louis Grace, Troop 313, Three Thirteen Parents Club

    Daniel Hirlinger, Troop 685, Saint Gerard Majella

    Alex Kasper, Troop 603, Babler School PTO

    Kyle Kierstead, Troop 981, Westchester School PTO

    Peter Koetting, Troop 627, Holy Infant Catholic Church

    William Loos, Troop 677, Living Word

    Brandon Main, Troop 631, St. Mark Presbyterian Church

    Conner Matusek, Troop 554, The Principia School

    Matthew Morgan, Team 6843, LDS - Chesterfield Ward - St. Louis Stake

    Thomas Moore, Troop 335, Mary Queen of Peace

    Christian Otto, Troop 782, St. John Lutheran Church

    Ian Pittwood, Troop 567, Wildwood Area Lions’ Club

    Andrew Reed, Troop 677, Living Word

    Alexander Reynolds, Troop 314, Edgar  School PTO

    Nicholas Skornia, Troop 792, Oakbrook Elementary School PTO

    Michael Smith, Troop 529, McKelvey School MPO

    Aidan Strauss, Ship 5469, Mason Ridge School PTA

    Ryan Tierney, Troop 492, Bellerive School PTA

    Nathan Williams, Troop 981, Westchester School PTO


    North Star District

    Joshua Bump, Troop 942, St. Andrew United Methodist Men’s Club

    Jonathan Frye, Troop 71, McNair School PTA

    Rodrick Robins, Troop 551, Grace Chapel Men’s Club


    Osage District

    Sean Pickett, Troop 363, Agape Help House

    Tyler Feth, Troop 434, Beaufort Lions Club

    Cory Foster, Troop 434, Beaufort Lions Club

    Colton Harvey, Troop 462, Washington VFW

    Jeremy Reinecke, Troop 442, Union Rotary Club

    Matthew Sherwood, Troop 449, St. Clair Kiwanis Club


    Ozark Trailblazers District

    Frank Nash III, Troop 403, VFW Post 5527


    Pathfinder District

    Jansen Baja, Troop 11, Temple Israel

    Jacob Bright, Troop 954, Holy Spirit Parish

    William Brown, Troop 21, Wydown School PTO

    Benjamin Burgess, Troop 48, Our Redeemer Lutheran Men’s Club

    David Burns, Troop 954, Holy Spirit Parish

    Christopher Cruzen, Troop 288, Our Lady of the Presentation

    Michael Hampton Jr., Troop 11, Temple Israel

    Paul Hughes, Troop 643, Holy Trinity Catholic Church

    Brandon Mikulski, Troop 782, St. John’s Lutheran Church

    Joseph Milburn, Troop 344, Ladue Middle School Parents Org.

    Joseph Milton, Troop 344, Ladue Middle School Parents Org.

    Stephan Rater, Troop 11, Temple Israel

    Rafael Robert, Troop 344, Ladue Middle School Parents Org.

    Conrad Rohman, Troop 284, All Souls Holy Name Society

    Corey Rosenberg, Troop 344, Ladue Middle School Parents Org.


    River Trails District

    Jared Batts, Troop 405, Wesley Methodist Church

    Tanner Easton, Troop 892, Rockport  Parents Club

    Johnathan Fabrizi, Troop 405, Wesley Methodist Church

    William Fisher III, Troop 501, New Hope United Methodist Church

    Tyler Hines, Troop 890, Knights of Columbus Council 1185

    Connor Rowden, Troop 744, Simpson Elementary Parents Club

    Adam Ney, Crew 2450, Knights of Columbus 1623


    Shawnee District

    Daniel Krydynski, Troop 311, Optimist Club of Jackson

    Joshua Vogel, Troop 8, Trinity Lutheran Church Men’s Club

    Andrew Ward, Troop 311, Optimist Club of Jackson

    Austin Wilson, Troop 2, Grace United Methodist Church of Cape Girardeau


    Sioux District

    Aaron Fisher, Troop 166, First Christian  Church of Poplar Bluff

    John Reeves, Troop 200, First United Methodist Church


    Thunderbird District

    Austin Danback, Troop 212, St. Ambrose Holy Name Society

    Dominick Freeman, Troop 212, St. Ambrose Holy Name Society

    Dominic Sanquinette, Troop 212, St. Ambrose Holy Name Society

    Phillip Stelzer, Troop 4, Nottamme Trust at St. Gabriel

    Congratulations to all for a job well done!

  • 16 Aug 2012 15:02 | Anonymous member

    Gathering of Eagles

    by Robert Peterson
    Illustration by Joel Snyder



  • 11 Aug 2012 14:45 | Anonymous member

    Under the skilled leadership provided by:

    Ron Jennings

    Executive Vice President

    Eagle Scout Association 2012 - 2013


    Nearly one hundred volunteers were recruited for this very important project. The volunteer force provided more than 300 hours of service to the Scouts of the Greater St. Louis Area Council.


    As a result of the team's effort, nearly four hundred Scouts were served, and nearly 350 Merit Badges were completed.


    Job Well Done!



    For video Presentation please see link below.
    Merit Badge Make-Up Day Video



  • 12 Jul 2012 09:35 | Anonymous member

    All Eagle Scouts are encouraged to proudly sport their Eagle Scout lapel pins or hat pins and do some community service throughout the day of August 1, 2012 – 100 years to the day from the date the first Eagle Scout Award was earned by Arthur Eldred. There is no better way to know who you’re passing on the street than to know he’s an Eagle Scout. You might be surprised to find out how many of your friends and coworkers turn out to be fellow Eagle Scouts.  Invite them to look us up on the web, and perhaps join us in membership!

    Register you commitment today Eagle Scout Day

  • 07 Jun 2012 15:34 | Anonymous member


    By Michael R. Brand, Membership Chairman, Eagle Scout Association of St. Louis Missouri

    Since the first Eagle Scout received his badge in 1912, more than 2.1 million Eagle Scouts have contributed more than 400 million hours of service through their leadership projects. In St. Louis alone, thousands of Eagle Scouts have completed significant hours of service to make St. Louis an even better place to live.   Many Eagle Scouts go on to become the future leaders of our country, involved parents, and community members who give back.

    What makes a good leader in the community? Is it time spent giving back? Passion for improving the community?   Perhaps it’s quality time spent with children?   There is no one answer, but most of our community’s leaders have a combination of these characteristics and share a similar drive to make our community an even better place to live and work. For more than 35 years, I have been volunteering for the Greater St. Louis Area Council of the Boy Scouts of America and have seen the development of this type of model citizenry at a very young age. Throughout my tenure, I have witnessed boys in the Greater St. Louis area become men that exemplify the Scouting way of life by demonstrating character, leadership, and service. Those who thrive on giving back, those who want to achieve even more, those who will be our future leaders, rise to the challenge of advancing through Scouting to reach the BSA’s highest rank - Eagle Scout.

    Becoming an Eagle Scout is no small feat. Young men must earn 21 merit badges; serve six months in a troop leadership position; plan, develop, and give leadership to a service project; take part in a Scoutmaster conference; and successfully complete an Eagle Scout board of review. The road to becoming an Eagle Scout is not short, but it’s one that impacts young men and shapes them into the model citizens that we all should strive to become.

    I'm pleased to see what I've known for years has actually been scientifically proven.  A recently released research study conducted by Baylor University found that Eagle Scouts are more likely to be involved in their community, hold leadership positions, and have closer relationships with family and friends than men who have never been in Scouting.    

     According to the study, Eagle Scouts are approximately 55 percent more likely than non-Scouts to have held a leadership position at their workplace and are around 76 percent more likely than non-Scouts to have held leadership positions in the local community. Eagle Scouts are 34 percent more likely than non-Scouts to have donated money to a non-religious institution or charity in the community within the last month, and Eagle Scouts are 56 percent more likely than non-Scouts to work with others in their neighborhood to address a problem or improve something.

    Lucas Shapland is one of St. Louis’s newer Eagle Scouts, and Michael Ukman is one of our more seasoned Eagle Scouts. Lucas Shapland wants to be the CEO of a large company someday, and anyone who knows the Lafayette High School senior is confident he'll achieve it.

    Shapland, 18, of Wildwood, is one of the most decorated Eagle Scouts ever in the Greater St. Louis Area Council. He's an accomplished musician, playing percussion for three years with the St. Louis Symphony Youth Orchestra. He's performed in several one-act plays, and he's been lauded for his leadership. He does it all while maintaining a 3.8 grade-point average. He hasn't decided where he'll attend college.

    "He's a real Renaissance man," said Joe Mueller, spokesman for the local scout council. "I'd really like to fast-forward 20 years because it would be fascinating to see who he is going to be."

    After Shapland completed 21 merit badges and the other requirements to become an Eagle Scout in 2008, he stayed involved with his troop, racking up dozens of honors, including 12 palm awards. Each palm means Shapland earned five merit badges over a three-month period.  So 12 palms signifies earning 60 merit badges over three years. Shapland ended up with a few extra merit badges, 88 in all.

    Read more:


    Michael Ukman

    Eagle Scout Mike Ukman’s devotion and enthusiasm for the Scouting program is an example for other adult volunteer leaders to follow.

     He was a Tiger Cub leader, den leader, Webelos Leader and Cubmaster at Pack 621 and an assistant Scoutmaster for Troop 783, chartered to Salem Methodist Church. He attended summer camp for 17 years, including a week assisting Troop 109, chartered to the Missouri School for the Blind. He mentored and influenced countless Eagle Scouts, taking special care to make sure each candidate understands their leadership responsibilities.

    He completed Wood Badge training and served on more than a dozen Cub Scout Leader Pow Wow and University of Scouting staffs. He was a member of 22 camporee staffs, seven Klondike Derby staffs and is a member of the New Horizons District camping committee. He is a unit commissioner and serves on the district Eagle Board of Review. He supports the efforts of the district Venturing Officers Association and helped with many Fall Fun Rally weekends.

    Outside of Scouting, he worked with Habitat for Humanity to build homes, volunteered to help the D.A.R.E program at his sons’ school, and coached t-ball and baseball teams.

    He received his district’s Award of Merit and numerous training awards. He is the father of two Eagle Scouts.

    His Silver Beaver Award will be presented at the Greater St. Louis Area Council Annual Meeting & Recognition Dinner on June 14. 

    The Silver Beaver Award is the highest award a local council can present to an adult volunteer of the Boy Scouts of America. The award is presented to those volunteers who have made outstanding contributions to the Scouting program. Nominations are recommended by the local council and approved by the National Council of the Boy Scouts of America.

    These are just two examples of the many Eagle Scouts in St. Louis who live their lives by the values instilled in them through Scouting. As we celebrate 100 years of this remarkable achievement, and the impact that these men have had on our nation, I encourage all of us to take a moment to recognize an Eagle Scout for the great service he has provided to our community. And if you don’t know an Eagle Scout, please encourage the young men in your life to think about working toward this esteemed honor. We’ll all be thankful for it in the long run.

  • 07 Jun 2012 09:20 | Anonymous member
    American volunteers served 8.1 billion hours in 2010, valued at an estimated $173 billion, according to research from the Corporation for National and Community Service. Although the volunteer rate showed a slight decrease from 26.8% in 2009 to 26.3% in 2010 (the most recent year for which data is available), volunteers contributed approximately the same amount of hours - 8.1 billion in both years. The proportion of volunteers who serve 100 hours or more increased between 2009 and 2010 from 33.2% to 33.8%, and the median number of hours served per volunteer rose from 50 to 52 per year. The research also showed Gen Xers stepped up their volunteering commitment in 2010, giving more than 2.3 billion hours - an increase of almost 110 million hours since 2009.

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