From Life to Eagle

There are several things to consider  as you start your adventure to work from the rank of Life towards Eagle. Once a scout has achieved the rank of Life, he may immediately begin working on any or all of the remaining requirements. This means, that a scout can start on an Eagle Project while he still needs merit badges. There is no requirement to finish merit badges first.

This document will give a quick highlight of the steps involved and then give more detail where needed. Use the steps to reference, but be sure to check out all of the extra resources and information given in the following steps.

Here’s a quick checklist of everything that needs to happen on your journey. Not all steps must be completed in exactly this order, this is just a suggestion/guideline.

  1. Fill out Project Proposal including all signatures.
  2. Go to Lonestardistrict.org to sign up for a project approval meeting. Proposal approval must be obtained prior to starting any part of the project, including fundraising.
  3. Finish Planning and Complete project. (use the workbook)
  4. Finish ALL requirements for rank of Eagle including Scoutmaster conference.
  1. Fill out Eagle Scout Rank Application
  2. Turn in Rank application to be verified at the Scout Office. This can be done via email or taken in to the office.
  3. Obtain letters of recommendation. The Rank Application lists the people that you will need letters from.
  4. Write statement of life purpose and ambition
  5. Finish filling out Eagle Scout Workbook/Final Report
  1. Go to lonestardistrict.org to sign up for an Eagle Board of Review.
  2. Bring the following to your Board of Review
  1. Scout book
  2. Eagle Project Workbook
  3. Letters of Recommendation (should be brought by a leader)
  4. Life Statement
  5. Verified Eagle Scout Rank Application as well as original Application

The Project:

Check out the Guide to Advancement to make sure you understand what makes a project an Eagle Scout Service Project. Download the Eagle Scout Project Workbook and read through all of the information given to you.

The Project Proposal:

You should be focusing first on the Eagle Scout Service Project Proposal. Fill out the Contact Information as well as the actual Proposal. You will need to have your project reviewed and approved by 4 people: your unit leader, a representative from your unit committee (usually your committee chair or advancement chair), your beneficiary (who you are doing your project for) and a representative from the district. Be sure to read this document and give a copy of it to your beneficiary.

        In Lone Star, go to www.lonestardistrict.org and click on Advancement, and Schedule an Eagle Project Approval Meeting. Here you will schedule a time to meet with a district representative to have your project approved. This needs to be the last signature. Once this is done, you are welcome to start working on your project. Your next step is to fill out the Project Plan.

The Project Plan:

This section of the workbook helps to show that you planned and developed your project. This is an essential part of an Eagle Project in order to meet the requirements. Take time to think through your project and make sure you are well-prepared. You should show your plan to your  beneficiary before starting on the project to make sure there are no misunderstandings as to what is being done. You should also review your plan with your project coach. They may have some insight to help you make minor improvements or adjustments. Once all of your planning is complete, you may organize and complete your service project. Don’t forget to refer to BSA’s tool usage guidelines when figuring out what different aged helpers are allowed to do! You are allowed to obtain money without a fundraising application ONLY from the beneficiary, family, and your chartered organization. If you plan to go outside of these groups, you will need to complete a Fundraising application (included in project workbook) and have it approved by your beneficiary, your unit leader, and a district representative.

The Project:

Remember, your job is to give leadership to others during this project! You are in charge and need to be the one that others turn to when there are questions. Schedule your work days and be sure that you have 2-deep leadership when working on your project. Keep track of hours worked by you everyone involved. Sign-in sheets are a great addition to your project workbook. Designate someone to take pictures for you to include in your project report.

Project Report:

This third and final part of the workbook is a time for reflection. You will describe your project and its expected impact. Tell what went well and what challenges you had. Don’t be afraid to address challenges or changes made.  The goal is not a perfect project but how you adjusted and adapted to complete the project despite the challenges. You will explain what changes had to be made and why. You will describe your leadership as well as give an accounting of hours served and money raised and spent. Please include pictures of your completed project as well as your work day(s).

References:

In Lone Star District we request that the Eagle Candidates obtain letters of recommendation. This enables the District Advancement Board to hold a board of review immediately rather than having the scout wait until we can contact the given references. Neither the scout or scout’s family should have access to these letters.  They are most commonly collected by the scoutmaster or advancement chair.

Documents

Eagle Scout Service Project Workbook

Eagle Scout Rank Application

Information for Project Beneficiaries 

Guide to Advancement (especially 9.0.2.0 through 9.0.2.15)

BSA's Tool Usage Guidelines 

Eagle requirements:

  1. Be active in your troop, team, crew, or ship for a period of at least six months after you have achieved the rank of Life Scout.
  1. Demonstrate that you live by the principles of the Scout Oath and Scout Law in your daily life. List on your Eagle Scout Rank Application the names of individuals who know you personally and would be willing to provide a recommendation on your behalf, including parents/guardians, religious, educational, and employer references.
  2. Earn a total of 21 merit badges (10 more than you already have), including the following: First Aid, Citizenship in the Community, Citizenship in the Nation, Citizenship in the World, Communication, Cooking, Personal Fitness, Emergency Preparedness OR Lifesaving, Environmental Science OR Sustainability, Personal Management, Swimming OR Hiking OR Cycling, Camping, Family Life.
  3. While a Life Scout, serve actively in your unit for a period of six months in one or more of the following positions of responsibility. List only those positions served after your Life board of review date.
  1. Boy Scout troop. Patrol leader, assistant senior patrol leader, senior patrol leader, Venture patrol leader, troop guide, Order of the Arrow troop representative, den chief, scribe, librarian, historian, quartermaster, junior assistant Scoutmaster, chaplain aide, instructor, webmaster, or Leave No Trace trainer.
  2. Venturing crew/ship. President, vice president, secretary, treasurer, quartermaster, historian, den chief, guide, boatswain, boatswain’s mate, yeoman, purser, storekeeper, webmaster, or Leave No Trace trainer.
  3. Lone Scout. Leadership responsibility in his school, religious organization, club, or elsewhere in his community.
  1. While a Life Scout, plan, develop, and give leadership to others in a service project helpful to any religious institution, any school, or your community. (The project must benefit an organization other than Boy Scouting.) A project proposal must be approved by the organization benefiting from the effort, your unit leader and unit committee, and the council or district before you start. You must use the Eagle Scout Service Project Workbook, in meeting this requirement. Take part in a unit leader conference.
  2. Successfully complete an Eagle Scout board of review. In preparation for your board of review, prepare and attach to your Eagle Scout Rank Application a statement of your ambitions and life purpose and a listing of positions held in your religious institution, school, camp, community, or other organizations, during which you demonstrated leadership skills. Include honors and awards received during this service.