Pulitzer Center Update

2018 Scouting Programs

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In eastern Turkey, Paul Salopek leads his mule past the Karakuş royal tomb, built in the first century B.C. by one of the area’s many ruling states. When Syrians began to pour over the border 70 miles to the south, he and photographer John Stanmeyer drove down separately to report on the situation. Image by by John Stanmeyer/National Geographic.

In eastern Turkey, Paul Salopek leads his mule past the Karakuş royal tomb, built in the first century B.C. by one of the area’s many ruling states. When Syrians began to pour over the border 70 miles to the south, he and photographer John Stanmeyer drove down separately to report on the situation. Image by by John Stanmeyer/National Geographic.

An Invitation to Walk

The Pulitzer Center is proud to serve as an educational partner for National Geographic Fellow Paul Salopek’s Out of Eden Walk programming with the Boy Scouts of America. The purpose of this partnership is to share how practicing slow journalism enhances Scouting adventures and to encourage Scouts to reflect intentionally on how the skills and leadership learned through Scouting will impact their lives and communities in the future.

Five years into his 21,000-mile trek across the globe, Paul has invited two lucky Scouts attending select high-adventure bases in 2018 to join the Out of Eden Walk during a weeklong trip in Asia. Here you will find the guide that will help Scouts navigate through the selection process to be considered for this once-in-a-lifetime opportunity.

An Invitation to Write

We are looking for Scouts who can show that they truly understand and have adopted the concepts of slow journalism. You will do this by writing a 1-page essay that reflects on how Scouting’s foundation of intentionality enriches individual lives, local communities, and the world around us.

Later in the selection process, Scouts will have an opportunity to present supporting evidence that they developed a slow journalism mindset by submitting journal entries, social media postings, and other milestone materials. Imagination, quality, and quantity of work will all be considerations in selection.

Read about Miciah Thacker and Christopher Sherman’s recent walk with Paul in northwestern India. We wish you the best in being the next Scouts selected to join the journey!

Eligibility: Boy Scouts under 18 and Venturing Scouts under 21 are encouraged to participate. 

Program Specifics

Links to Selection Criteria for High Adventure Bases

NORTHERN TIER: SEE ESSAY CRITERIA AND SUBMIT ESSAY HERE
PHILMONT SCOUT RANCH: SEE ESSAY CRITERIA AND SUBMIT ESSAY HERE
SUMMIT BECHTEL RESERVE: SEE ESSAY CRITERIA AND SUBMIT ESSAY HERE