The project must have enough planning
and leadership on the boy’s part. If an organization has a project,
the plan, and supplies, they just need some workers to do the labor, then
that does not qualify as an eagle project. That is the organization’s project….
not the scout’s. The project does not have to be a physical construction
but still must have enough planning and leadership. Projects of which the
scout will have more pride usually involve construction of a permanent
object. Contact a member of the district advancement team if there is a
concern about meeting the requirements of planning and leadership.
Generally blood drives, collecting things in the neighborhoods, painting
parking lot strips, and gluing
tiles for the street department do not qualify. However if there are extra
activities attached to that activity that requires the scout to do more
planning and leadership, then it will pass and be approved. Please
discuss the project with us and we can see if it can work.
There is no requirement for any certain
number of hours that must be spent on a project.
The scout will fill out the first
section of the eagle project workbook sown to the five signatures on page
2-4. It is a brief overview of the
project and not detailed. After the project is approved by District, then
the eagle coach of the troop will help the scout finish the plan in more detail in the
second half of the workbook. The only thing in the second half of the
workbook that must be filled out for the initial district approval is the
application for fundraising on page 3-7. Our council gave the district
permission to approve these and we will sign them at the time of the
district project approval. Fund raising is any money or materials that the
scout gets donated by sources other than family, troop, or benefiting
organization. This includes asking stores like Home Depot to donate items
like lumber. You may list fundraising events that you might perform but may
not end up doing. You do not have to do the fundraiser so put
all fundraising activities that you might possibly do. It will just be a possibility and the scout does not have to do it if
the money is not needed. This page does not have to be completed if there
is no fundraising necessary. Remember extra money left over after
completion of the project should be donated to the benefiting organization.
Signatures: The scout signs the form
on page 2-4. It says: “On my honor as a scout, I have read this entire
workbook”. He needs to read the whole thing. There are four signatures
that must be signed before starting the project. The three non-district
signatures are signed in any sequence but the district signature must be
The first half of the workbook does not
have to list how many nails, boards, etc, but must give the impression of
what is needed to complete the project. So all materials, items, tools, etc
must be listed. Also there should be a complete list of safety issues even
though a more complete description will be included in the second half of
the workbook. The second half of the workbook is for the scout and eagle
coach to complete in order that the scout can accomplish the project
successfully. There is no requirement to fill out every section or line.
In the past the district committee made sure the plan was complete and
detailed enough to be successful and now that responsibility is shifted to
the troop eagle coach. If the troop wants the district to go over their
planning in the second half of the workbook we will be glad to critique it.
If the troop does not have an eagle coach, we will be glad to assist the
scout in filling out the detailed plan.
After the scout finishes his eagle
project, pages 4-1 to 4-4 must be filled out completely and signatures obtained.
There is a chart that lists the time spent on planning and performing the
project. Please have the scout put the hours he planned the project
in the margin for his eagle board of review. His hours reported in the
chart is the total hours of planning and executing the project.
The project does not have to benefit
only non-profit organizations. Rarely a project may be approved that is for
a private company or individual. The guide to advancement mentions this:
“your community” would not refer to individuals,
a council or district advancement committee
consider scenarios where an individual in need can
community. An example might involve elderly
able to live at home but
to maintain their
property, with the result being an “attractive nuisance”
related dangerous situations, or even an eyesore—
something that raises concern to more than that of just
individual. If it can be determined it is the
benefits, then it is a matter of identifying who will
approvals. They must come from a source
representing the “community,” such as a neighborhood
association, watch group, homeowners association, or
a division of a town or county.
example would be a flag pole outside a nursing home that is for-profit.
Please contact one of the district advancement members if the beneficiary is
in this category to discuss the feasibility before a lot of time is spent
writing the project up.
The eagle project workbook must be kept
together in its entirety and not split up or altered in any way. The scout
may attach photographs, diagrams, or type written pages at the end of the
workbook and write in areas of the workbook: “see attached”.