Congratulations on achieving the rank of Life Scout and
approaching the end of the road to Eagle Scout.
One of the toughest
requirements is to demonstrate your leadership ability by planning
and completing an Eagle Scout Leadership Service Project.
The eagle project is in
part a lesson in dealing with bureaucracy: requirements,
prohibitions, multiple layers of approvals, etc.
It entails a many-step
process that can be quite frustrating if a scout does not follow
the requirements carefully.
help you get through this process, the troop has prepared these
to a Successful Project
Congratulations! You’ve shown your
leadership skills and made a significant contribution to the
welfare of your community, school, or church.
- First, point your web browser to the following link to
download the Eagle
Scout Leadership Service Project Workbook: http://www.scouting.org/sitecore/content/Home/BoyScouts/Youth/Awards.aspx
(If you don’t have internet access, contact the Troop 33 Eagle
Coordinator (step 6) to get a copy of the workbook.) The workbook is
available in several formats, but this Microsoft Word version
will be the easiest for you to work with. Save the blank file
to your computer in a folder you’ll remember, and print it
out. Before you
do anything else, read the entire package carefully from
beginning to end. It
will give you a good sense of all the required steps. Pay particular
attention to the directions on pages 4-6 of the workbook.
- Decide which of the three types of
institutions you’d like to do your project for: community,
school, or church. Those
are the only permissible beneficiaries.
- Once you’ve decided who you want to
do a project for, find out who you need to talk to in the
chosen organization for ideas and approvals for projects. Contact the person
and discuss ideas. Many
of these institutions are familiar with Eagle projects, and
may have ideas in mind already.
- Start a log of all the time you
spend developing your project.
All of your planning time counts toward the total. There is no hard
rule about how much time your project must take. You can
expect to put in 100 hours – it is a difficult assignment
- Now, you have an
idea for your project. It’s
time to begin to interact with the Troop 33 bureaucracy, before you do a lot of
work on your proposal. Call
the troop’s Eagle Coordinator, currently Tim Miller, or
e-mail him to discuss your project idea.
- Check with the
Scoutmaster. He might have an old Eagle Scout Project Workbook
from a previous project like yours that can serve as a guide.
- Once the Eagle
Coordinator gives the OK on your idea (which may involve him
first consulting with other troop leaders), he’ll give you the
go-ahead to fill out your workbook.
- It is typical
that you will go back and forth with the Eagle Coordinator a
couple times before your proposal is deemed ready for
presentation to the Troop 33 Committee (parents). If you thoroughly
address all the requirements in the workbook directions,
including health and safety aspects of your project, how you
will obtain any needed equipment and materials, and how you
will organize your workers, less interaction will be needed. It is easiest to do
all this by e-mailing the Word file back and forth. Mr. Miller
recommends deleting the first page of the workbook file, which
is a photograph that makes the file huge and cumbersome to
e-mail. The Eagle
Coordinator will share your proposal with the Scoutmaster and
the Troop Committee Chair when he considers it ready, to
obtain their agreement. Often,
they will suggest additional revisions to the proposal. It is recommended to
have a few “before” pictures showing the conditions that your
project is intended to redress (for example, a park overrun
with weeds, walls in obvious need of paint, etc.).
- When the Eagle
Coordinator, Scoutmaster, and Committee Chair agree your
proposal is ready to be presented to the Committee, the Eagle
Coordinator will request that the Committee Chair schedule a
meeting where you will present your proposal for discussion
and approval. This
could be done at a special meeting or at a regularly scheduled
- Approval Signatures: Look at the
bottom of page 10 of the Project Workbook. There are spaces for
four signatures. You
must obtain all four of them before you may begin to implement
your project. After
you have the three troop leaders in step 9 satisfied that your
project is ready to proceed, contact the responsible person in
your benefiting institution (community, school, or church) and
arrange to meet with him or her to get a signature indicating
the institution’s approval of the project. You should have this
institution signature before you bring your proposal to the
- You will attend
a scheduled or ad hoc Committee Meeting, present your
proposal, and answer questions about it. Often, additional
changes are required as a result of the Committee meeting. If the Committee
approves your project, the Committee Chair and the Scoutmaster
will sign off on your proposal.
- Now you should have 3 of the
required 4 signatures to begin implementation of your project. (Everything up to
this point is planning.)
The last signature required is that of the White
Oak District Eagle Coordinator. More about the White Oak
District can be found at: http://www.boyscouts-ncac.org/advancement/advancement-information/44937#Eagle
- NCAC has more
information at: http://www.boyscouts-ncac.org/council-committees/advancement-recognition-committee-arc/eagle-scout-application-form-info-2010-2011/20827
- After you have
the four required signatures, you’re ready for the easy part:
scheduling and implementing the project. Remember that this
is supposed to be you leading others doing work, not doing all
the work yourself. You
must ensure that enough people show up with the right tools
and materials to get the job done. It is advisable to
obtain commitments in advance.
You are fortunate that Troop 33 has an outstanding
record of support for Eagle projects, but your workers need
not be limited to the troop.
Remember that clean-up is an essential part of every
- Make sure there
is a log for workers to sign in and out, so you have an
accurate record of the time spent.
- Remember to
arrange for somebody to take photos during your event, as well
as afterwards, showing the improved conditions the project has
- Pages 11-14 of
the workbook must be filled out (including “after” pictures)
when the project is done.
You must get the signatures of the Scoutmaster and the
institution representative (along with your own) on the bottom
of page 14 indicating that you have done the job.
There is some more bureaucracy and paperwork required before you
can schedule your Eagle Board of Review.
See page 15 of the
When you have finished the project and all the other
requirements for your Eagle Rank you have to fill out the Eagle
is another story you have to talk with the Eagle Scout Coordinator
about. Make sure you use the most up to date application.