There are several articles on the Five Trails District web site 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.
Eagle Scout Project Ideas
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.
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:
Some Suggested Eagle Scout Projects
More Eagle Scout Projects from Others
Outdoors / Environmental / Landscape:
You may have ideas you wish to submit for inclusion on this site as well. Send them to:
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, do not 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:
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.
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:
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
You will bring your completed Eagle Project Workbook with you to your Eagle Scout Board of Review, where it will be discussed in detail.
Before an Eagle candidate can go before his Eagle Scout Board of Review, he must fill out the Eagle Scout Rank Application. Here is the official BSA link to that application:
To complete this application, as your Troop's Advancement Chair to get a record of your Scouting history, including Cub Scout dates (if any), leadership position(s), Merit Badges earned & the dates, etc.