Join the DCSA Cohort

The DCSA is one of the most prestigious awards in the BSA. It can be earned by youth in the ScoutsBSA, SeaScouting, or the Venturing Program. It includes significant skills development, demonstration, and two large projects.

One way the Green Crew can support you earn your Distinguished Conservation Service Award is with our Cohort! A peer support group for qualified Scouts meets twice a month, facilitated by Dilshan, an Eagle Scout, DCSA winner and Green Crew leadership team member.

What is the DCSA cohort?

DCSA Cohort #1 is the Green Crew’s first peer support group for Scouts working on their DCSA. It is an opportunity to receive peer encouragement, feedback, and support.

Who will be the DCSA cohort facilitator?

DCSA Cohort #1 will be facilitated by Dilshan. Dilshan is an Eagle Scout and recipient of the Distinguished Conservation Service Award, and Supernova Award. He is a VC3111 “Green Crew” Leadership Team member. He is a freshman at the University of Minnesota studying Neuroscience on a Pre-med track.

Dilshan joined scouting as a Cub Scout in 2nd Grade and achieved his Eagle Scout rank in 2021 at age 17.

He is passionate about helping people and his Eagle project idea came to him when COVID hit, and schools switched to online learning, many kids could not participate in the learning process due to lack of electronic equipment. Dilshan partnered with “PCs for people” to collect, refurbish and distribute electronic devices (laptops, desktops, Ipad’s) to underprivileged kids so they could continue learning online.

He believes that learning should not be impacted by someone’s socio-economic situation. Schooling and learning should be available to everyone.

Dilshan is a good mentor and wants all children and scouts to do well in life.  He is always ready to help anyone with their Eagle project or DCSA, and he was his Troop instructor for many years teaching younger scouts to achieve their ranks.

Who is DCSA Cohort #1 for?

If you are a Scout in the process of earning the Distinguished Conservation Service Award (Or ready to start).  Scouts actively registered in a ScoutsBSA unit, SeaScout or Venture Crew committed to earning a DCSA award.

What is in it for me?
Our team and your peers can help you identify, draft and frame a project. Help/ feedback filling out workbook(s)
Connect with the IWLA-MN Valley Chapter as a prospective location and beneficiary for your project(s)
Earn “Green Crew” support for your project, including human, volunteer, technical, and financial resources. 
You don’t need to do this alone. Join a group of your peers and support each other. It will be a lot more fun!
What will we do in the DCSA Cohort?

We will meet twice a month. The general framework will be:

  • Each member gives an update on what has happened over the last two weeks with their project
  • Together we will identify questions or issues related to the projects being worked on by cohort members
  • Prioritization of issues
  • Discussion of prioritized issues

Occasionally a guest speaker from the Council Conservation Committee or National Outdoor Ethics and Conservation will join for a short update on the DCSA Award or answer questions the group raises. 

Will the DCSA cohort meet in person?

The DCSA bi-monthly meetings will be primarily held on Zoom, though there will be opportunities for in-person meetings and field trips.

Do I need to be a member of the Green Crew?

 No. We are open to all Scouts working on the DCSA joining our cohort. Obviously, we would love for you to join the Green Crew, and to partner with the Green Crew on your project.

When will we meet?

We will meet twice a month on the 2nd and 4th Sunday of the month in the evenings from 7:00-8:30pm.

When will DCSA Cohort #1 start?
  • Application Deadline: Oct. 15th at Midnight
  • Cohort Members Informed: Oct. 24th
  • First Meeting: Sunday, Nov. 13rd, 2022 7:00-8:30pm 
How many youth can be in DCSA Cohort #1?

We are accepting applications for up to 8 qualified DCSA Cohort participants in Cohort #1.

Will there be future Green Crew DCSA Cohorts?

Yes, the Green Crew expects to launch Cohort #2 within the year. If you are interested, please fill out the interest form and select “Future Cohort” to be put on the mailing list.

How do I register? 

Click the button below to be considered for DCSA Cohort #1. All applications are due by October 15th at midnight.