Glenn A. and Melinda W. Adams National Eagle Scout Project of the Year Award

Important Nomination Information

It is critical to include in each Nominee’s submission, the DWC Eagle Project Summary Form which sets forth the various types and amount of leadership exhibited by the Scout commencing with the initial stages of planning and as thereafter performed throughout the course of the service project until completion.  

The summarized information includes:

 The basis for undertaking the project; the number of leadership hours contributed by the Scout; the quantity of personnel supporting the project; the total sum of service project team man hours rendered; the magnitude of work involved; the type of materials utilized; an indication of the amount of money raised; and the resulting impact to the beneficiary and the overall community resulting from the service project

Please be sure to include the one-page Eagle Project Summary Form with the award nomination form.

Download Eagle Project Summary Form

Please submit any paper nominations and paper documentation to the Daniel Webster Council Member Care Center at 1500 Bodwell Road, Manchester, NH 03109.

Overview

The  National Eagle Scout Association established the Glenn A. and Melinda W. Adams National Eagle Scout Service Project of the Year Award (ESSPY) to recognize valuable service of an exceptional nature by an Eagle Scout candidate to a religious institution, school, community or other entity through completion of an Eagle Scout project. 

Examples of projects that have been selected for the ESSPY include projects that benefited underprivileged children, recognized veterans, were international in nature, and have required significant time and resources. 

Selection of recipients begins at the local level and is conducted through the Council NESA committee. The Council NESA committee selects a recipient for their respective Council from the list of submitted nominations and then forwards a worthy candidate to the  National Eagle Scout Association for National Service Territory consideration. 

“Territory” ESSPY recipients are selected by each Council’s territory NESA scholarship committee. Territory recipients receive $300 available for their future educational purposes or to attend a national or international Scouting event or activity.  

The recipient of the national award is then selected from among territory recipients by a special selection committee of the  National Eagle Scout Association. National recipients receive $3,500, available for their future educational purposes or to attend a national or international Scouting event or activity.

Who can earn this award?

  • An Eagle Scout, his parents, or any registered BSA volunteer (with the Eagle Scout’s permission) may submit Eagle Scout service projects for consideration. 
  • The Eagle Scout must have passed their Eagle Board of Review between January 1- December 31. 
  • On or before January 31 the nomination must be submitted to the NESA committee of the council in which the service project was completed. 
  • Example: An Eagle Scout who completed an Eagle Board of Review in 2021, must have their nomination in by January 31, 2022. 
  • On or before February 28, the Council must submit the winning Eagle Scout Service Project Workbook and Eagle Scout Service Project of the Year Nomination Form –including attachments – to the National Eagle Scout Association by sending an email to adamsaward@scouting.org

Evaluation Criteria

  • Project planning 
  • Effort to develop the project 
  • Extent and character of leadership provided by the Scout 
  • Extent of achievement of the planned result 
  • Project’s impact on the beneficiary and/or on the community at large 
  • Originality of the project 
  • Time and materials contributed 
  • Level of skill employed to complete the project 
  • Whether the project will have long lasting impact
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