Eagle Scout - Guidelines & Resources
Here is your one stop shopping for Eagle Scout rank resources and guidelines. Good luck on YOUR journey to Eagle!
How to Get Started – The Steps to Eagle Scout Rank
Welcome to the road to Eagle and congratulations on your Life rank. You next step is to get started with your Eagle Scout rank.
To get started, click here to learn more about all of the steps to earn your Eagle. These procedures come from the 2017 Release Guide to Advancement Handbook, which is an incredible source of information for all of advancement.
Do you have an Eagle Scout Service Project Coach?
Check with your unit to see who is a Eagle Scout Service Project Coach. If they do not have one, talk with your unit leaders and encourage them to establish one and get them trained through council resources or by attending your district’s monthly Eagle Boards.
Many units, districts, and councils use Eagle Scout service project “coaches.” They may or may not be part of proposal approval. Though it is a Scout’s option, coaches are highly recommended—especially those from the council or district level who are knowledgeable and experienced with project approvals. Their greatest value comes in the advice they provide after approval of a proposal as a candidate completes the planning. A coach can help the scout see that, if a plan is not sufficiently developed, then projects can fail. Assistance can come through evaluating a plan and discussing its strengths, weaknesses, and risks, but coaches shall not have the authority to dictate changes, withdraw approval, or take any other such directive action. Instead, coaches must use the BSA method of positive adult association, logic, and common sense to help the candidate make the right decisions.
In many cases, candidates will not have undertaken something like an Eagle service project. Thus, we want them to obtain guidance from others, share ideas, seek plan reviews, and go through other processes professional project planners might use. But like a professional, the Scout makes the decisions. The Scout must not simply follow others’ directions to the point where their own input becomes insignificant. On the other hand, adult leaders must bear in mind the scout is yet a youth. Expectations must be reasonable and fitting.
Eagle Scout-Related Forms
The Boy Scouts of America has created the Spirit of the Eagle Award as an honorary, posthumous special recognition for a registered youth member who has lost his or her life in an accident or through illness.
This award is bestowed by the National Court of Honor as part of the celebration of life of this young person. It recognizes the joy, happiness, and life-fulfilling experiences the Scouting program made in this person’s life.
The intention is also to help heal and comfort the youth member’s family, loved ones, and friends with their loss. Because the Scouting program was so appreciated, loved, and enjoyed by the youth, this award will serve as a reflection of the family’s and friends’ wishes as a final salute and tribute to their departed loved one.
Sample Eagle Reference Letter Solicitation Letters
These letters are good to send to the person who you would like to provide a reference letter for you. They explain the purpose of the reference letter and how it will be used by the Eagle board.
Click here for non-religious reference version of letter
Click here for religious reference version of letter
Fundraising & Donations
Before you go out and start fundraising, you need to read the official policy on fundraising and solicitation of materials and donations.
Click here to learn more!
Service Project Planning Guidelines
Information for You
National has put together a great document which serves as a guideline for all service projects. Click here to get a copy.
Information for Project Beneficiaries
Click here for an excellent resource document to give to your project beneficiary so they know what to expect and what the rules are for projects.
The guidelines must not be construed to be additional requirements for an Eagle Scout service project, but they do represent elements that should appear on the Eagle Scout candidate’s final project plan from the Eagle Scout Service Project Workbook, No. 512-927. The next revision of the workbook will incorporate these guidelines.
You may also want to check out the “Sweet Sixteen” of BSA safety procedures, which covers the safety procedures for physical activity.
Age Guidelines for Tool Use and Work at Elevations or Excavations
Training and Supervision
The use of tools, by any youth or adult, requires training in the proper use of those tools before a project starts and continuous, qualified adult supervision and discipline during the project. If in doubt, adults should be recruited for all tool use or job functions that might be dangerous.
Click here for more information … this document includes ‘Tool Usage Allowed by Age” chart.
Three Month Period After 18th Birthday Clarification Statement
There appears to be some conflicting ideas on the purpose of the three month period after a scouts eighteenth birthday and appearing before the Eagle Board of review.
The requirements state that “all requirements” must be completed by a Scout’s eighteenth birthday. The final write up of the leadership service project is a requirement and must be completed by the scout's eighteenth birthday as well as all other requirements. The Eagle Scout application with reference letters and the final project write up should be submitted to one of the council service centers promptly after all requirements are complete.
The three month period after a Scout’s eighteenth birthday is not “extra time” for the scout to complete the project write up and application. This period is to allow the council to check and process the application and to forward it to his district advancement committee so a review may be scheduled. The processing of the application could take a week or more depending on holidays, workload or illness at the service center and assuming no problems that need addressed are found on the application. Forwarding the application and write up to the district adds another week to the process. If the district has just held its boards of review it may be four weeks until they have another one scheduled. So as you can see the importance of the scout getting everything turned in as soon as possible is imperative.
If the three month period is exceeded the scout must petition the council advancement committee for a time extension to sit a board between the three and six month period following the scout's 18th birthday.
The “ninety day” reference that everyone refers to is actually a three month period not ninety calendar days. If a scout turned eighteen on February 5th the scout would have until May 5th to appear before a review board even though February may only have twenty eight days.