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LIFE TO EAGLE POLICY.. Cont'd

Eagle Service Project
As an Eagle candidate, the Life Scout must plan, develop, and give leadership, in order to complete a service project. This process is explained in detail in the "Trail to Eagle Packet," available at the council office, or over the Internet. This guide is a valuable resource and you are expected to use it. You will find it useful.
It is expected that you will begin the Eagle project process no later than your 17th birthday. Since things do not always go exactly as planned, your troop committee recommends that you begin earlier. Starting earlier will give you an insurance cushion of time.
This is to be your Eagle project. You, and only you, must be the one to plan, organize, and carry out your project. You are to direct others. If it is found in the opinion of the troop committee, that others are doing key portions of your project, the project may be rejected.
Your Eagle project must proceed, step be step, as outlined in BSA Publication No. 18-927, "Life to Eagle Packet." By following these steps, you will find that things will proceed rather smoothly.
Failure to follow the outlined steps will be cause for automatic rejection of your project. You may be forced at that time to start all over.

Fundraising
One of the most challenging aspects of your Eagle project will be raising the money necessary to pay for it. This is your project, and as such, you are responsible in raising all necessary funding. A good question to ask yourself when considering any project is: “How am I going to pay for it”? Most Scouts either solicit funds, or hold a fundraiser to cover project costs.
You will find information on fundraising on the Council web site and in your "Trail to Eagle Packet”. If you choose fundraising, you are required to follow Council rules, including submitting all necessary paperwork.
When soliciting funds, remember that you represent not only yourself, but also your Troop, and Scouting in general. Before going out to solicit from anyone, it’s always a good idea to review with your Troop leaders. They will help you prepare, and let you know exactly what is expected of you.
Keep in mind, the Committee of Troop 312 cannot, and will not, donate any funding for Eagle projects.
Post Project Work
After your project is completed, you are expected to submit your final report in a timely manner. Why not prepare your first draft while the project is fresh in your mind? Your Scoutmaster or other unit leaders may want to look over your first draft in order to give their input.
Once all requirements for the rank of Eagle are met, you will need three letters of recommendation. This process is quite simple:
First, you will need 3 formal letters requesting recommendation. These will be written to the 3 people you have named as references on your Eagle application. Your Committee Chairman, or Advancement Chairmen, and yourself, will sign these request letters and then you can send them out.
It is suggested that these letters be returned to the Troop Chairman. In any case, these letters of recommendation are to be delivered unopened. Your Eagle Board of Review cannot take place until these 3 letters are received.
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