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Requesting a District Eagle Scout Service Project Review

To request a Five Trails District Eagle Scout Service Project review, send an email to:

advancement@fivetrails.org

You should state your name, your Troop number, and the name of your Eagle coach (if you have one, which is HIGHLY recommended). You should CC your Scoutmaster, your Committee Chair, your Eagle coach (if any), and your advancement chair. Do NOT attach ANYthing to this email!

Note: This email goes to more than one person; so it is not necessary to CC anyone outside your Troop. 

 

Eagle Candidates:  Read This Roadmap First!

There are several articles on the Five Trails District website that help a Scout along the journey from Life Scout to Eagle candidate to Eagle Scout. Some of these articles are necessarily lengthy and detailed. This item lists those article so that an Eagle candidate will have a list of what items he should be sure to read -- i.e., a roadmap.  

  1. Eagle Scout Project Ideas
  2. Eagle Project Workbook "Rules"
  3. Requesting a District Eagle Scout Service Project Review
  4. Getting Ready for Eagle Project Approval 
  5. Eagle Scout Rank Application
  6. Steps to Get Ready for an Eagle Board of Review
  7. After Your Eagle Board of Review
  8. Are You Ready for Your Eagle Scout Ceremony?

 

 

Eagle Scout Project Ideas

Introduction
Your Eagle Scout project needs to be something that you can go back in a few years and say:  "I did that!". Usually this means constructing something. Collecting things and cleaning cemeteries do not qualify. Doing normal maintenance (e.g., mowing lawns) does not count either!

It also must be your project.  If the organization (which usually needs to be non-profit) has a project already and they just need some Scouts to put it together, then you are just supplying manpower to someone else's project. 

But if the organization has an idea ... like they have a room that needs to be painted ... and you do the planning and get the supplies to do it, then that usually qualifies. If the Church has a room to be painted, and they already have the paint, and supplies and such ... and you are just going to paint it for them ... that is not an Eagle project. You need to do the planning, organization, and leadership. In general collecting things door-to-door or cleaning and mowing areas like an old cemetery will not qualify as an Eagle project. 

Eagle Scout Project Contact Ideas
Some agencies to contact about potential Eagle Scout projects are:

    1. Your school
    2. The board of education
    3. Your church or synagogue
    4. Children's homes
    5. The Red Cross
    6. Salvation Army
    7. Homes for the aged
    8. Senior citizens' center
    9. Nursing homes
    10. Public libraries
    11. Veterans organizations
    12. Camps for the handicapped
    13. Schools for the handicapped
    14. Hospitals
    15. Lighthouse for the Blind
    16. City recreation department
    17. City and county parks department
    18. State and national parks
    19. Conservation and energy groups
    20. Army Corps of Engineers
    21. Blood donor centers
    22. Other youth agencies
    23. Fire departments
    24. Police departments
    25. rug information centers
    26. Mayor and city government offices
    27. Civic clubs
    28. The United Way
    29. Civil Defense office
    30. Welfare agencies
    31. Housing agencies

Some Suggested Eagle Scout Projects

    1. Build a small building at Police Safety Town where small children are taught traffic safety
    2. Build a sign in front of the school to announce when PTA meets each month.
    3. Read children's books onto tapes for use in hospitals for an auditory library.
    4. Translate children's information booklets to different languages for the hospital.
    5. Build benches in front of school for students to sit in, or for local park.
    6. Repair tombstones in disrepair in old cemetery.
    7. In a local Nature Area, plant more trees in the area. Build a pond.
    8. Help preserve the history of the town by building and erecting a cemetery locator map in local cemetery.
    9. Repair playground at local park or church
    10. Paint metal or waterproof wooden items at playground, or in front of city building, hospital, or church.
    11. Repair or do work at local animal shelter.
    12. Build shelves to store backpacks outside cafeteria at school.
    13. Build benches for
    14. Build stone walkway for school.

More Eagle Scout Projects That Have Been Done By Others

    1. Jeremy built shelves and cabinets to be used by the Interfaith ministries.
    2. Robert built chimney swift houses for the Armand Bayou Nature Center in Clear Lake City. Five were built. There things are chimneys which are 12 feet tall.
    3. A "Big Toy" for the pre-schoolers at our sponsoring organization.
    4. As in 1 above, a tire swing was built. The Eagle built a large wood structure from which to hang the swing.
    5. One Eagle repainted a torpedo and a deck gun at the Battleship Texas site in Houston.
    6. Some large shelving units were built in the Interfaith Ministries food pantry.
    7. One Eagle built a boat dock at a park
    8. Working with Sam Houston National Forest, one of our Eagles built bat boxes.
    9. The same as 6 but the Eagle built owl houses.
    10. One Eagle built trash receptacles for the local nature center and installed them.
    11. Another nature center project was building benches in the rest areas along a nature trail.
    12. Building welcome signs to our town by major roads.
    13. Build a ramp for the handicapped at a local church.
    14. Build bird cages for local animal rehabilitators.
    15. Build a pamphlet display in a local church, or make a guide to a local nature trail.
    16. Rebuilt an outdoor chapel
    17. Built seven sets of sturdy steps (railroad ties, rebar, gravel) on a banking down to a popular fishing area, thus preventing erosion
    18. Cleared paths and rebuilt steps and benches in an overgrown, inaccessible wildlife area, leaving brush piles and wild fruit stands for wildlife habitat but allowing greater use and appreciation of the area for local people
    19. Rebuilt a spillway and small dam in a conservation area to prevent flooding and make for safer access for hikers
    20. Constructed and installed floating turtle rafts of cedar in a town conservation area to replace downed trees the town had removed for safety reasons, thus restoring a safe habitat for the turtles to sun themselves and avoid foxes and other predators.
    21. Repainting the bathrooms at the park and sand papering all the graffiti off the wooden playground
    22. Built a 10 x 20 building for a therapeutic riding program
    23. Built gazebos and benches on the park trail for the city and planted climbing rose
    24. Built a prayer garden for a church
    25. Upgrading existing or building new hiking trails at a county park (basically the park ranger has a shopping list of things that need to be done).
    26. Coordinating their family church's week of taking care of some homeless families.
    27. Hanging signs on trees or cementing them on the ground next to plants or shrubs identifying what they are.
    28. Build a walking trail around a lake in a local county park.
    29. Walking/Nature Trails at local schools including chips and shavings to walk on, leveling trail for ease of use, etc.
    30. Construct and install a Guide rope and Braille signs for a boardwalk at a local nature center. Nature centers always seem to have projects for Eagle Scouts.
    31. Another candidate designed, planned and organized the construction of a mobile literature storage box/podium for his church. The project was about 6 feet high, 6 feet wide and 2 feet deep, on wheels.
    32. A third candidate arranged the installation of a basketball goal and 1/2 court marking at a nearby church parking lot as a recreational project for the church and community youth.
    33. Another arranged to plan and execute a large concrete sidewalk
    34. Building a volley ball court for our church.
    35. Fixing up one of the meeting halls in our church.
    36. Building bagging tables for a local volunteer organization.
    37. Clear woods, paint some outdoors equipment, and dig a 150 foot trench for a underground cable for a local church.
    38. Dig up and remove several dead trees, plant replacement trees and some new trees along the access road to a local neighborhood, and plant bushes and fix up several existing nursery beds.
    39. Clear and develop a nature trail at a local park.
    40. The first project was laying a wood chip trail around a local school yard for the students and citizens to use as a fitness trail.
    41. Refurbished the inside of a Chessie System caboose that the town I live in purchased for a local museum.
    42. Rehabilitated and painted the church garage. Replaced the doors and put a new roof on the structure.
    43. Rebuilt a 100 ft., field stone retaining wall, along a nature trail at the church retreat house.
    44. Constructed a large number of wooden planter boxes for the patio of a local nursing home.
    45. Designed and constructed a wooden foot bridge over a creek in the local county park.
    46. Constructed and stained a long wooden fence along a walkway at the historical Society grounds.
    47. Cleared and laid out a nature trail for pre school children with activity stations at the nature center.
    48. An antique, horse-drawn buggy was restored for a local museum.
    49. Scouts made 27 cement boxes for tree planters in order to level the planters on one of the main streets of their city.
    50. More than 30 hours were spent forming 40 cement blocks, one square foot each, in which metal-cased, veteran stars were placed. The veteran markers were then set in place at the headstone of veterans in a local cemetery.
    51. An access ramp was built at a church to accommodate wheelchairs.
    52. One candidate planned and supervised the planting of a vegetable garden at a senior citizen center
    53. At a home for senior citizens, outdoor furniture was sanded and painted, a shuffleboard court was constructed
    54. Building a sturdy bridge in a county park provided quite a challenge. The candidate secured the posts, planking, and concrete and transported the supplies to the bridge site.
    55. Another project consisted of planting 1000 Virginia pine trees and 18 crepe myrtle trees and the construction and installation of birdhouses along a nature trail in a state park.

 Construction-Related:

    1. Design and construct wheelchair access ramps and paths at college ministry house
    2. Remove unsafe space heaters and rebuild walls; then build bookshelves on same walls
    3. Design and construct a bus stop shelter
    4. Designed and built rolling media carts for use of critically ill cancer patients at local hospital
    5. Construct a fence and landscaping for new home for Habitat for Humanity
    6. Design, build and erect two radio antennae and towers for Civil Air Patrol
    7. Build new roof for church bell tower and refurbish bell
    8. Disassembly, repair, move, and reassemble donated outdoor gym set for playground area
    9. Design and build doghouses and donate to local animal shelter
    10. Plan, build, and install a portable stage with backdrop and curtains for local school
    11. Design and construct a raptor cage for injured hawks at wildlife center
    12. Build instrument racks for storing bank instruments at local school
    13. Built twelve bookcases, held book drive to fill shelves, and obtained mini-blinds for recreation room at rehabilitation center
    14. Built and assembled weaving loom for senior citizens’ home
    15. Designed and built outdoor chapel for church
    16. Build and install picnic tables at church in south Texas
    17. Build a 5-station “ROPES” course for local church youth group
    18. Build crèche and surroundings for Nativity display for community
    19. Design, build and paint stage fronts for children’s chapel activities
    20. Built electrically-operated game board to teach Bible facts to children at church
    21. Made Braille games for blind school students, including handmade game boards, playing pieces, etc., that could be identified by touch
    22. Built storage bins for nursery schools
    23. Constructed six mobile, wooden planters, for use by children confined to wheelchairs at Shriner’s Hospital
    24. Repaired and painted community building, including raising funds to pay for supplies
    25. Constructed footbridge linking school and homes
    26. Designed and built reading lofts for kindergarten classes freeing up valuable floor space
    27. Built clothes racks for Christmas gift program, providing place to store coats and other donated clothing items until distribution
    28. Designed, built, and installed two map signs identifying ball diamonds and playing fields at community sports complex
    29. Design and construct tennis backboards at city tennis courts
    30. Constructed cabinets and shelves and secured library of written materials for cardiac rehab center to provide education on measured and actions to help prevent strokes and heart attacks
    31. Built and maintained recycling center at local park by installing separating bins and empting for six months
    32. Rebuilt outdoor chapel at church camp by removing and replacing all benches, adding railings to pathway and stairs and building new lectern and cross
    33. Built horseshoe pitching court of residents of senior housing complex and set up party to “unveil” the new courts
    34. Refurbished area and constructed two new horseshoe pits and bocce ball court for senior citizens of chartered organization
    35. Collected, repaired, painted, and delivered toys to toy lending library and Salvation Army for distribution to needy children
    36. Erected poles as road guards around driveway at church for playground and day-care
    37. Built storage facilities for Sunday School materials
    38. Built outdoor picnic tables for school
    39. Constructed wooden compasses for demonstration and teaching at school
    40. Repaired and repainted bleachers at school
    41. Built fire pit and benches and cleaned up beachfront property of church
    42. Built campfire bowl and stage for local youth camp
    43. Planned, organized, and built baseball field for church
    44. Rebuilt cabin and constructed outhouse at church camp
    45. Renovated church gymnasium
    46. Reshingled roofs on nature center buildings
    47. Constructed kiosk to be used as message center, map holder and information center at community park
    48. Cleared unused building at Boy’s Club and constructed indoor archery range
    49. Planned and built brick fireplace for local park
    50. Built large playhouse (6’X12’X8’) for day-care and after-school program run for homeless in community
    51. Built cage (15’X30’X12’) for local raptor center to be used for rehabilitation and display of large birds of prey
    52. Erected enclosure, following specifications provided by the zoo, for display and safekeeping of birds, at local wildlife park
    53. Built outdoor weather station and installed professional grade weather equipment at elementary school
    54. Constructed activity shelter at local school
    55. Organized and painted inside of church building
    56. Tore down and disposed of dilapidated garage at historic home
    57. Built doghouses of various sizes for homeless animals being kept at various animal shelters
    58. Constructed two bridges along trail at nature center
    59. Built play gyms for schools and Ronald McDonald House
    60. Rebuilt historical bus stop for seniors
    61. Built a trophy case for local grade school
    62. Built equipment for Special Olympics
    63. Built birdhouses and feeders to be placed outside windows at local nursing homes
    64. Repaired and repainted press box and dugouts at athletic field
    65. Poured cement pads for air conditioning unit and patio of chartered organization
    66. Made major structural repairs to community-owned park cabin
    67. Constructed study carrels at nonprofit adult literacy organization
    68. Built and distributed lap boards with tablets or writing paper and holders for pens and envelopes to rest homes and VA hospital and with coloring books and crayons for children’s hospital
    69. Constructed park benches at bus stops for the elderly
    70. Assembled book carts, kick stools and bookends for new public library and relocated and sorted children’s catalog section
    71. Procured materials and constructed six motorized wheelchairs for permanent use by home for the elderly
    72. Dismantle and rebuild wooden bleachers at school
    73. Built wooden lifeguard towers at local YMCA camp
    74. Built 4 rolling tables for chartered organization
    75. Constructed three voting booths for town hall including one handicap-accessible
    76. Designed and built a playground for orphanage
    77. Built new picnic tables for town park pavilion
    78. Built bicycle racks for a local baseball complex
    79. Repaired/rebuilt a storage shed at local neighborhood park
    80. Repaired and repainted bleachers and dugouts at local little league baseball diamond
    81. Removed old flagpole and installed new one at local school; landscaped area around the flagpole
    82. Built wood shelving units for local food pantry
    83. Design and build wood working benches for preschool children
    84. Plan and construct soccer field by removing rocks, hauling in dirt, and installing goals
    85. Plan and construct a sand volleyball court at church to benefit youth groups
    86. Convert a storage room into a “cry room” at church by installing one way mirror and sound insulation.
    87. Built ten outdoor swing sets for camp for disabled children.
    88. Design and build shade shelters for new city park.
    89. Design and construct planter boxes for school learning center.
    90. Design and build stacking cabinets for storage of choir music books.
    91. Construct a paved path between church buildings and playground.
    92. Repairing old cages and building new rabbit cagesWild Rescue, an animal rescue group.
    93. Build enclosed shelving units to store linens at local shelter.
    94. Design and paint a mural at senior center.
    95. Build a 40’ wall to form a hallway; install sheetrock and finish painting.
    96. Rebuild and repair children’s play area at ER of local hospital.
    97. Design and build a security fence separating children’s playground from RR tracks.
    98. Build six portable stages for classroom at school.
    99. Build an aviary for songbirds.
    100. Design and build a storage shed for nature preserve.
    101. Design and build student mailboxes for classroom use.
    102. Built a large storage/shelving unit for science lab in inner city school.
    103. Repair parking lot; re-stripe; and create better access by constructing paths to parking lots.
    104. Plan and construct a covered bench area for playground supervision at elementary school.
    105. Design and construct the foundation and base for statue honoring servicemen
    106. Design and construct entrance signs for local camp
    107. Repair and resurface kitchen floor at local soup kitchen
    108. Plan and construct track and field event pits at local school
    109. Repair existing bed frames and construct an additional 26 frames for use at animal shelter
    110. Design and construct a sand volleyball court for church youth center

Outdoors / Environmental / Landscape:  

    1. Create a trail connecting two city parks and create erosion barriers to keep trail in shape
    2. Construct a handicap accessible sidewalk at local playground area
    3. Design, layout and build a grass farm for use of Corps of Engineers on future area projects
    4. Construct an underground sprinkler system to provide water to flower beds on church grounds
    5. Plan and build a “Biblical reference garden” to accent the entryway of local church
    6. Design and construct a celebration rose garden for cancer victims and survivors
    7. Design and install outdoor lighting for flag and cross at local church
    8. Construct three erosion control dams to prevent erosion of new trail
    9. Constructed an archery range at local youth camp
    10. Build a climbing traversing wall for use of local youth group
    11. Built 30’ retaining wall with native rocks to control erosion and water bars on trail in preserve
    12. Built new orienteering course at park
    13. Initiated and completed two mile nature trail exhibiting trees, plants, and wildlife; also built a dozen birdhouses to uses as a sanctuary over winter and nesting seasons
    14. Researched local bird population and constructed and installed over thirty different nesting stations to enhance population of desired bird species at local wildlife park
    15. Design and construct twenty bird feeding stations for installation outside nursing home windows.
    16. Compiled listing of practical ways average households can cut pollution and keep environment clean without elaborate and expensive preparation; distributed information to approximately 3,000 homes
    17. Rejuvenated cemetery by cleaning grounds, refurbishing headstones, and locating graves; documented 300 buried there and secured cemetery’s inclusion in state historical directory
    18. Built small park on unused wooded lot in neighborhood by clearing and covering two walking paths with wood chips, installing wire spool tables, clearing play area, building sand box, and making entrance sign
    19. Made insect collection for school of children with disabilities by collecting, identifying and giving locations of prime sites for insect collection; constructed glass cases for presentation and for future collections
    20. Made and posted warning signs and location markers on trail for hikers; dug drainage ditches and laid rock and logs to route stagnant water off trail and into river; installed terracing steps and rope handrails to help ensure safety of hikers
    21. Landscaped local Red Cross chapter house in preparation for open house
    22. Researched and laid out historical hike around city in cooperation with historical society
    23. Laid out and built outdoor environment and nature study course with assistance of educational naturalist
    24. Leveled and repaired twenty fitness stations in cooperation with local parks and recreation division
    25. Ploughed and cultivated garden area for use by nursing home patients
    26. Developed plan to revitalize live oak trees on college campus by aerating compacted soil, adding topsoil and creating physical barriers around the trees
    27. Mulched and landscaped parking area and installed handicapped ramp to access picnic area
    28. Designed and built flower beds for main entrance of school
    29. Reconstructed and landscaped steep bank behind church sanctuary
    30. Mapped sector of wildlife refuge to determine contents and populations of area
    31. Created wildlife kits for state game and parks group to be used in school systems – cleaned skulls of animals and set up displays for kits
    32. Cleared and widened fire road in forest to make it passable
    33. Refurbished war memorial and beautified landscaping for memorial Day festivities
    34. Designed and built prayer garden for church recreation center
    35. Cleared ¼ mile trail through wilderness area of city park and built two bridges to cross small creek
    36. Mapped, marked, and cleared trail at church camp and built bench on trail
    37. Prepared area and planted trees supplied by park authority
    38. Helped develop environmental learning center at community college
    39. Planted shade trees in municipal park after consulting with state forestry experts to select best varieties forAssigned scouts to care for seedlings for one year.
    40. Created flower parks with welcome signs at entrances to communities
    41. Built signs for interpretive trails telling history of area
    42. Landscaped public library
    43. Landscaped Habitat for Humanity house.
    44. Created an 18th century herb garden
    45. Created azalea garden and meditation bench for chartered organization
    46. Solved and corrected rainwater problem in children’s playground of chartered organization
    47. Cleared wheelchair and visually-impaired trail; built and installed wooden distance markers; made tape recording about park and donated cassette recorder and headphones; made and posted flyers on bulletin boards about availability of tape
    48. Built a memorial park in name of an accident victim
    49. Distributed water conservation pamphlets and installed 576 water-saving devices donated by public utility
    50. Built ten bat “hotels” for state park to help keep insects in check
    51. Pond rehabilitation and clean up:  restructured pond in town park; planted ground cover to prevent erosion; cleaned garbage and sediment from pond
    52. Designed and built shelters over tiger cages at local zoo
    53. Cut down old orchard (slated for development); cut and stacked all the wood as firewood; delivered firewood to poor families
    54. Built two grade-level steps to prevent erosion of local wildlife trail; filled in low areas
    55. Built a boat dock at a park used by local Webelos dens
    56. Build trash containers and install them at local nature center
    57. Located and mapped using GPS all storm sewer inlets in city area and posted “No Dumping” signs.
    58. Repair bridge understructure and install erosion control structures at local campground.
    59. Install new signs and brochure boxes at local nature preserve.
    60. Repair and resurface state historical marker signs at local historical park
    61. Improve native habitat by removal of invasive species and re-introduction of native vegetative species
    62. Installation of bollards to prevent unauthorized vehicular traffic in wildlife area
    63. Creek and native habitat restoration involving native species introduction of flora and fauna at local park
    64. Landscape a new home for Habitat for Humanity
    65. Plan and build a garden area, path and install a statue in churchyard
    66. Design and build 50 book easels for public library
    67. Design and build a puppet theater and perform public service shows for domestic violence awareness.
    68. Constructed mechanical safety belt demonstrators for department of public safety
    69. Placed brick memorial and landscaped site in honor of tornado victims – placed three flag poles, 75 trees and 200 bushes along cement path
    70. Worked with three local hospitals and local ham radio club to give children the opportunity to talk to Santa Claus – organized Scouts to visit children’s rooms with treats and portable CB radios
    71. Designed, produced, and distributed 1,500 copies of brochure that boosted attendance at boys club
    72. Constructed a hands-on exhibit on static electricity for children’s museum
    73. Organized bike safety campaign; trained scouts as inspectors and judges and ran bike rodeo that included bike safety check and safe-bike-riding contest
    74. Organized a concert in which the Scout’s band played at a local park; admission was food items for homeless shelter
    75. Chipped paint, repaired, and repainted torpedo and deck gun on Battleship Texas
    76. Plan and construct structures in river to enhance fish habitat.
    77. Designed and created tactile sensory mats for special education center at school
    78. Design and construct wood and Plexiglas display signs at local sports fields
    79. Refurbished and preserved submarine propeller exhibit at local library for 50th anniversary celebration

You may have ideas you wish to submit for inclusion on this site as well.  Send them to: 

advancement@fivetrails.org 

Be sure to include enough information that the webmaster can give you feedback about your submission.  

 

 

Eagle Project Workbook "Rules"

Be sure to use the current Eagle Project Workbook, which is available from BSA via a link below.  It is strongly recommended that you save the form to your hard drive first and then edit it using the latest version of Adobe Reader®.  

Note: The new form will allow you to expand the form without changing the fonts you use. Therefore, dnot separate pages; keep the whole workbook intact, as it is, in the original format. Here are the official BSA directions for how to download this form for both PC users and Mac users:  

====>>  http://www.scouting.org/scoutsource/BoyScouts/AdvancementandAwards/EagleWorkbookProcedures.aspx

Please fill out all information in the workbook that is pertinent to your project. You can type information directly into it.  [Or you may print out the PDF and hand-write in the information, but it is usually much less legible then.] You may attach an additional write-up (e.g., with before and after pictures) to it, rather than imbedding them in the workbook document itself. Note that most list boxes, text boxes, and tables will automatically expand if you fill them up.  

For the Contact Information page, the name you should enter into the Your Council Service Center box for Contact name: is Kember Madsen. The proper address is 8605 Harry Hines Blvd., Dallas, TX 75235. The phone number is 214-902-6707. The information about the Council or District Project Approval Representative will be supplied when the reviewer is assigned; do not enter information until that assignment has been made. While having a Project Coach is not required, it is highly recommended!! 

 

 

Getting Ready for Eagle Project Approval


Important:  You must use the current Eagle Project Workbook.  It must be kept together ... every page.  Do not separate any part.  Do not alter any pages. Do not import it into a word processor for editing; you should use the editable PDF by saving it to disk and then editing it using the latest version of Adobe Reader. You may attach items at the end of the workbook, e.g., diagrams, photos, receipts, etc. 

 



Choosing a Project:
The Eagle project must have enough planning and leadership on the Scout’s part.  If an organization has a project, the plan, and supplies, but 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 for which the Scout will have more pride usually involve construction of a permanent object.  Contact a member of the District Advancement Committee 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 require the Scout to do more planning and leadership, then it may pass and be approved.  Please discuss the project with us ahead of time so we can see if it might work. 

 

There is no requirement for any certain number of hours that must be spent on a project.  Each project will be different.  An Eagle candidate should include all the time he has spent thinking about, planning, discussing, and documenting his Eagle Scout Project in addition to the time he and the co-workers he recruits actual spend executing his project plan.  Documenting the results after project completion count towards hours spent on the project, too! 

 

The Scout will fill out the first section of the Eagle Project Workbook down to the five signatures on page 2-4.   It is a brief overview of the project and not detailed (yet).  After the project is approved by District, then the Eagle Coach from 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.  Circle Ten Council gave Five Trails District permission to approve these, so we will sign them at the time of the District project approval.  Fund raising means 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 that 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 last.

 

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 so 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, but now that responsibility is shifted to the Troop’s 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 any Eagle Coaches, 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, both by him and by the co-workers (youth and adult) that he recruited to work on his project. 


The project does not have to benefit only non-profit organizations.  In rare circumstances a project may be approved that is for a private company or individual.  The BSA Guide to Advancement mentions this:

 Normally “your community” would not refer to individuals, although a Council or District Advancement Committee may consider scenarios where an individual in need can affect a community. An example might involve elderly persons able to live at home but unable to maintain their property, with the result being an “attractive nuisance” or related dangerous situations, or even an eyesore — something that raises concern to more than that of just an individual. If it can be determined it is the community that benefits, then it is a matter of identifying who will provide approvals. They must come from a source representing the “community,” such as a neighborhood association, watch group, homeowners association, or perhaps a division of a town or county. 

 

Another example might be a flag pole outside a nursing home that is for-profit.  Please contact one of the District Advancement Committee members if the beneficiary is in this category, to discuss the feasibility of the potential project 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”. 


 

Finishing Your Eagle Project Workbook After District approval:    

  • You should at some point, before doing the project, finish the second half of the workbook with the help of your Troop's Eagle Coach.
  • Be sure to have a list of all equipment needed for the project … down to how many hammers or wheelbarrows you will need and where you are acquiring the material. Every list should include a first aid kit, water, cups, and a cell phone (for emergencies).  This is a list of all materials like tools, water, and cups, as well as boards, nails, and actual materials to build the project.   This needs to be everything you will need that day (or longer) to make this project happen.
  • IMPORTANT!  List and describe the possible safety hazards that are anticipated in the project and how you are going to attempt to avoid them.  For example goggles are needed to avoid eye injuries.  Do not just explain how you are going to treat injuries.  A first aid kit should be on all lists of materials for every project and we assume you can treat injuries.  We hope you never have to treat any!  Examples:
      1. Eye injuries:  wear goggles during hammering.
      2. Dehydration:  water breaks every hour
      3. Back injuries:  instruction on lifting with bent knees instead of bending over with stiff legs
      4. Caustic clue:  wear non-permeable gloves when using glue
      5. Power tools:  age-appropriate guidelines for power tool usage will be instructed and obeyed
      6. Etc.:  etc.
  • To help you with safety issues (e.g., which age Scout may use which kind of tool), use the Guide to Safe Scouting, which may be found at a link presented here. There are several sections which help with Eagle Scout projects, including Age Guidelines for Tool Use and Work at Elevations or Excavations and Service Project Planning Guidelines, among others. You may download a PDF of this manual and print the relevant sections for use in planning your Eagle Scout Project.
  • Make sure you make a list of all time spent on planning. That is, every time you talk on the phone, meet with people, type up proposals, and even the times you plan in your head on what you are going to do. The total needs to be put into the workbook later, so be sure to keep track of it as you go. (For example, if you are talking with a school principal about your project at the school, you would need to count your time as well as the principal’s time, too.)  Also have all persons who are working on the project sign in and sign out while working on the project. You will need to have a total on how long each person works on the actual project and the total amount of time all workers spent on the project. 
  • If there is any question whether a project might not be adequate, call or e-mail the District Advancement Committee's Vice-chair for Eagle Issues so you can get a pre-approval on its worthiness. The email address is advancement@fivetrails.org


Note:  Be sure to take pictures of before, during, and after the project to include them in your Eagle Project Workbook. You may put pictures, diagrams, spreadsheets, etc., after the workbook rather than inserting them into the provided spaces if you prefer (that way the file doesn't become too large to email). 

After finishing the project, go ahead and get the signatures you need:  yours, that of any Adult from the Troop who was at the project, and the benefiting organization contact person's signature in your workbook.  Do this right
away!    

You will bring your completed Eagle Project Workbook with you to your Eagle Scout Board of Review, where it will be discussed in detail. 

 

 

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