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
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
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
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
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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