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.
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.
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.
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).
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.
Guide to Advancement (especially 188.8.131.52 through 184.108.40.206)