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EAGLE SCOUT INFORMATION, REQUIREMENTS,

AND RESPONSIBILITIES

District Advancement Committee

Choctawhatchee District

Gulf Coast Council

Boy Scouts of America

As of: August 10, 2008


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Eagle Scout Information

The Purpose Of The Eagle Scout Award

The Eagle Scout’s Requirements

The Unit’s Responsibilities

The Unit Leader’s Responsibilities

The Unit Committee’s Responsibilities

The Eagle Scout Leadership Service Project

The Eagle Scout Rank Application

TOPICS


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WHO AM I?

  • Life Scout

  • Tiger Cub Leader

  • Cub Scout Den Leader

  • Webelos Leader

  • Troop Committee Member

  • Assistant Scoutmaster

  • Scoutmaster

  • District Advancement Committee Member


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OLD MEN

Boy Scout

Eagle Scout


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Once an Eagle Scout

Always an Eagle Scout


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Eagle Scout Information

The Purpose Of The Eagle Scout Award

The Eagle Scout’s Requirements

The Unit’s Responsibilities

The Unit Leader’s Responsibilities

The Unit Committee’s Responsibilities

The Eagle Scout Leadership Service Project

The Eagle Scout Rank Application

TOPICS


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A recipient of the Eagle Scout Award is a Boy Scout, Varsity Scout, or qualified Venturer* who applies the principles of the Scout Oath and Law in his daily life.  He has achieved the qualities listed below because of determination and persistence through the advancement program:

Concern for others

Ability to help others through skills he has learned

Ability to live and work cooperatively with others by meeting his responsibility to his patrol and troop

Concern for self by improving his physical fitness to the limits of his physical resources

Capacity for leadership

THE PURPOSE OF THEEAGLE SCOUT AWARD

*In order for a Venturer to be an Eagle Scout candidate, he must have achieved First Class rank as a Boy Scout or Varsity Scout.


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Be active in his troop, team, crew, or ship for a period of at six months after the Scout has achieved the rank of Life Scout.

Demonstrates that he lives by the principles of the Scout Oath and Law in his daily life.

Earn a total of 21 merit badges (required badges are listed on the application).

While a Life Scout, serve actively for a period of six months in a position of responsibility.

Plan, develop, and give leadership to others in a service project.

Statement of ambitions and life purpose; successfully complete a Scoutmaster’s Conference

THE EAGLE SCOUT’SREQUIREMENTS


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Be active in his troop, team, crew, or ship for a period of at six months after the Scout has achieved the rank of Life Scout.

While this may seem as easy as falling off a log, it should be noted the operative part of the requirement, which is to be active. It goes beyond just being registered. It means that the Scout is an active, contributing member of his unit.

Maybe the Scout is very active in the Order of the Arrow, attending all functions and even serving in a leadership capacity. The unit leader cannot accept that as meeting Requirement 1. Likewise, the Scout may be serving on camp staff all summer and busy during the fall with the start of school, sports, and/or a job. However, if the Scout is not being a participating member, leader, and an example in his "troop, team, or post", the unit leader cannot accept his performance for this requirement.

So what does the Scout do if life has him running a hundred miles an hour? He should talk to his unit leader. He needs to find out what his unit leader sees as acceptable performance. If necessary, the Scout should use those leadership skills he’s developing to negotiate an acceptable arrangement.

Also, keep in mind that this time is the Scout’s window to accomplish all the other requirements. He may wish to take more than six months to complete requirements, which is all right as long as he has time prior to him turning eighteen. However, at the very least, it is imperative that he not delay in establishing AND writing down his plan to accomplish all the requirements.

REQUIREMENT 1BE ACTIVE


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The Scout demonstrates that he lives by the principles of the Scout Oath and Law in his daily life. He should list the names of individuals who know him personally and would be willing to provide a recommendation on his behalf.

List the names, addresses and phone numbers of people who have personal knowledge of the Scout and who would be willing to provide a recommendation to the Eagle Board of Review.

Each individual listed (other than the parents) will receive a confidential questionnaire / recommendation form from the Council Service Center, along with a pre-paid envelope addressed to the Unit Leader in which to return the completed questionnaire / recommendation form.  It is imperative to let these people know they will be getting the questionnaire / recommendation form, and to encourage them to fill it out and return it in the enclosed pre-paid envelope as soon as possible. 

The Scout can NOT have an Eagle Board of Review until at least three (3) of these questionnaire / recommendation forms are back in the hands of the Unit Leader.

REQUIREMENT 2THE SCOUT OATH & LAW


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Earn a total of 21 merit badges the Scout Oath and Law in his daily life. He should list the names of individuals who know him personally and would be willing to provide a recommendation on his behalf.

List the actual merit badges used for Star and Life ranks, as well as the rest needed for Eagle.

The 12 required merit badges are mandatory and self-explanatory.  There are some Eagle-required merit badges where the Scout has to select from several acceptable ones (i.e., the Scout can use either Cycling, Hiking, or Swimming merit badge to fulfill that requirement).

The remaining 9 merit badges are of the Scout’s choosing, selected from the ones he has earned.  These can include any of the Eagle-required merit badges he earned but didn’t use because he used another Eagle-required merit badge to satisfy that requirement.  Any additional 9 merit badges fulfill this requirement.  If the Scout only has 9 additional merit badges from which to pick, then the exercise is academic.

If the Scout has more then 9 merit badges (over and above the 12 required for Eagle), he should pick those that are representative of his entire Scouting career.

REQUIREMENT 3MERIT BADGES


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Citizenship the Scout Oath and Law in his daily life. He should list the names of individuals who know him personally and would be willing to provide a recommendation on his behalf.

In The Community

Citizenship

In The Nation

Citizenship

In The World

Communications

Camping

OR

Emergency

Preparedness

Lifesaving

REQUIREMENT 3MERIT BADGES


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Environmental the Scout Oath and Law in his daily life. He should list the names of individuals who know him personally and would be willing to provide a recommendation on his behalf.

Science

First Aid

OR

OR

Cycling

Hiking

Swimming

Personal

Fitness

Personal

Management

Family Life

REQUIREMENT 3MERIT BADGES


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While a Life Scout, serve actively for a period of six months in one or more of the following positions of responsibility. List only those positions served after the Life Scout’s board of review date.

Boy Scout Troop: Patrol Leader, Assistant Senior Patrol Leader, Senior Patrol Leader, Troop Guide, Order Of The Arrow Troop Representative, Den Chief, Scribe, Librarian, Quartermaster, Junior Assistant Scoutmaster, Chaplain Aide, Instructor, Historian, Venture Patrol Leader.

Varsity Scout Team. Captain, Co-captain, Program Manager, Squad Leader, Team Secretary, Librarian, Quartermaster, Chaplain Aide, Instructor, Den Chief, Order Of The Arrow Troop Representative.

Venturing Crew/Ship. President, Vice President, Secretary, Treasurer, Boatswain, Boatswain's Mate, Yeoman, Purser, Storekeeper.

If it is not currently possible for him to be in an elected to an office (for example, unit elections won't be held for a while), the unit leader probably has positions that can be assigned. Don't overlook being a Den Chief. They are always needed, and it's a very rewarding position!

REQUIREMENT 4UNIT LEADERSHIP


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While a Life Scout, plan, develop, and give leadership to others in a service project helpful to any religious institution, any school, or his community. The project idea must be approved in writing by the religious institution, school or community representative, the Scoutmaster/ Coach/Advisor, the unit committee, and by the Council or District Advancement Committee before the Scout can start on the actual work of his project. The Eagle Scout Leadership Service Project Workbook, BSA Publication number 18-927, latest printing, must be used in meeting this requirement.

(MORE ON THIS LATER!!!)

REQUIREMENT 5THE EAGLE PROJECT


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The Scout must attach to this application a statement of his ambitions and life purpose and a listing of positions he has held in his religious institution, school, camp, community, or other organizations during which he demonstrated leadership skills. Include honors and awards received during this service. Take part in a Scoutmaster conference with your unit leader.

First, the statement. This is very straight forward, and an excellent opportunity for the Scout to tell members of his board of review what he does outside of Scouting. The statement will reveal who he has become in several ways. Scouts who have been successful in Scouting will find it has spread to other areas of their life. This is especially true of Eagle candidates, since they have actually developed character which demonstrates the Scout Oath and Law in everything they do.

He should not be shy about bragging! List it all! Most Scouts don't consider this well enough to remember all the things they do. And it is key to something that will help him all his life - that being establishing a good self-esteem, which, by the way, is to do good things and remember what he did!

The Scout should list all the various awards and honors he has achieved along the way. These may be a medal, plaque, or certificate, but could also be a different type of honor. For example, a letter from a principal or volunteer organization recognizing his contributions. Or maybe a letter from an elected official thanking him for being their assistant (like a Page) for a season. Maybe it's a newspaper article mentioning him. If it made him feel honored, it counts!

REQUIREMENT 6STATEMENT


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Next is the Scoutmaster conference. The Scout has been through this drill before, but here, of course, it is more significant. He is applying for the highest honor available from the Boy Scouts of America. He should walk the walk, talk the talk. He should be prepared beyond his unit leader's expectations.

Make sure the Scout has completed all the requirements and has everything ready for the unit leader to review. It is a good idea for the Scout to talk to his unit leader ahead of time to see what is expected in the way of documentation when he has the conference (such as, Is he expected to have everything completely written and ready to turn in?) Remember, this conference must occur prior to the Scout’s 18th birthday!!

REQUIREMENT 6SCOUTMASTER CONFERENCE


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The Gulf Coast Council Eagle Advancement Policy recommends “that each unit appoint an adult leader (Unit or Troop Eagle Advisor) within the unit to assist and guide the Life Scout through the processes and procedures of becoming an Eagle Scout”, who “…must be familiar with Boy Scouts of America Eagle Scout requirements and Gulf Coast Council policy regarding advancement to the rank of Eagle Scout.”

Review and provide advice on the project write-up.  Has the initial say as to whether or not what is proposed qualifies as an Eagle Scout project.

Take advantage of District Eagle Advancement Training, when offered.

The Gulf Coast Council Eagle Advancement Policy can be found at:

http://gulfcoastcouncil.org/forms/Eagle_Advancement_Policy_Final_2008.pdf

THE UNIT’SRESPONSIBILITIES


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Provide the Life Scout with the “that each unit appoint an adult leader (Unit or Troop Eagle Advisor) within the unit to assist and guide the Life Scout through the processes and procedures of becoming an Eagle Scout”, who “…must be familiar with Boy Scouts of America Eagle Scout requirements and Gulf Coast Council policy regarding advancement to the rank of Eagle Scout.”Eagle Scout Leadership Service Project Workbook (BSA Publication number 18-927, latest printing)

The primary contact in the unit to help with the project.

Verify that the Scout has done a complete and quality write-up of the proposal, and that it is ready for the Unit Committee to review.

Sign the Unit Leader’s approval block of the Eagle Scout Leadership Service Project Workbook

Verify that the Scout has done a complete and quality write-up of the completed project.

Sign the Unit Leader’s approval block of the Eagle Scout Leadership Service Project Workbook

Conduct a Scoutmaster’s Conference when the Scout has completed all 6 Eagle Scout requirements. This conference must occur prior to the Scout’s 18th birthday!!

THE UNIT LEADER’SRESPONSIBILITIES


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Because the proposed project will in all likelihood involve unit assets (time, material, equipment, manpower, etc.) and be a sanctioned unit function, the Unit Committee - as the unit governing entity - should review the proposal.

There should be a convening of, and a formal presentation of the proposed project to the Unit Committee.  This gives the committee a chance to ask you questions about the project, make sure there are not things that might have been forgotten or not thought of and planned for, and make suggestions of how to improve the project or simplify how the Scout could execute the project.

Once the Unit Committee is satisfied that "all the bases are covered", the Unit Committee (preferably the Unit Committee Chair) should sign the unit committee member’s approval block of the Eagle Scout Leadership Service Project Workbook.

THE UNIT COMMITTEE’SRESPONSIBILITIES


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QUESTIONS unit assets (time, material, equipment, manpower, etc.) and be a sanctioned unit function, the Unit Committee - as the unit governing entity - should review the proposal.


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Eagle Scout Information unit assets (time, material, equipment, manpower, etc.) and be a sanctioned unit function, the Unit Committee - as the unit governing entity - should review the proposal.

The Purpose Of The Eagle Scout Award

The Eagle Scout’s Requirements

The Unit’s Responsibilities

The Unit Leader’s Responsibilities

The Unit Committee’s Responsibilities

The Eagle Scout Leadership Service Project

The Eagle Scout Rank Application

TOPICS


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EAGLE SCOUT unit assets (time, material, equipment, manpower, etc.) and be a sanctioned unit function, the Unit Committee - as the unit governing entity - should review the proposal.LEADERSHIP SERVICE PROJECT


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DISCLAIMER unit assets (time, material, equipment, manpower, etc.) and be a sanctioned unit function, the Unit Committee - as the unit governing entity - should review the proposal.

Information I provide here is subordinate to Official BSA and/or Council policy.  I make every effort to stay current with the latest BSA information.  However, in the event there are errors or outdated information, the policy, direction and guidance found in Official BSA publications will take precedence.


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Eagle Scout Leadership Service Project Workbook unit assets (time, material, equipment, manpower, etc.) and be a sanctioned unit function, the Unit Committee - as the unit governing entity - should review the proposal. (BSA Publication number 18-927, most current printing)

Eagle Scout Rank Application (BSA Publication number 58-728, most current printing)

Application For Alternative Eagle Scout Rank Merit Badges(BSA Publication number 58-730, most current printing)

Advancement Committee Policies and Procedures (BSA Publication number 33088, most current printing)

The Boy Scout Handbook (BSA Publication number 33105, most current printing)

Gulf Coast Council Eagle Advancement Policy

http://gulfcoastcouncil.org/forms/Eagle_Advancement_Policy_Final_2008.pdf

BOY SCOUTS OF AMERICA

PUBLICATIONS


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As soon as a Scout is awarded the Life Scout rank unit assets (time, material, equipment, manpower, etc.) and be a sanctioned unit function, the Unit Committee - as the unit governing entity - should review the proposal.

The Unit gives the new Life Scout the Eagle Scout Leadership Service Project Workbook

There is no minimum age requirement

There is a maximum age - 18

There is no requirement or restriction to wait until he has earned all the requisite 21 merit badges to begin or complete his Eagle Scout project.

WHEN


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Be a Life               Scout. unit assets (time, material, equipment, manpower, etc.) and be a sanctioned unit function, the Unit Committee - as the unit governing entity - should review the proposal.

The Eagle Scout project is an individualmatter

Follow the requirements and format (to the letter) of the latest edition of the Eagle Scout Leadership Service Project Workbook

THE "ABSOLUTES"

Has the Scout read, and does he understand, all of the Eagle Scout Project Workbook, including "The 12 Steps From Life To Eagle"?  (Back Cover)


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SOME "NO, NO'S" unit assets (time, material, equipment, manpower, etc.) and be a sanctioned unit function, the Unit Committee - as the unit governing entity - should review the proposal.

  • Work done by the Scout toward his Eagle Scout project before he officially becomes a Life Scout

  • Any work done by the Scout toward his Eagle Scout project before his project plan is approved AND signed by the four people who have to preapprove the project:

    • Religious institution, school or community representative

    • Scoutmaster / Coach / Advisor

    • Unit Committee Member

    • Council or District Advancement Committee Member


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An Eagle Scout Leadership Service Project will take a significant amount of time for the Scout to plan, write up, obtain approvals, and carry out the project.  The Scout must not make the mistake of waiting until the last minute before his 18th birthday to begin thinking about his project.

WARNING!!

Procrastination or lack of planning on the Scout’s part DOES NOT constitute an EMERGENCY on anyone else's part!!!


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THE LEADERSHIP significant amount of time for the Scout to plan, write up, obtain approvals, and carry out the project.  The Scout must not make the mistake of waiting until the last minute before his 18th birthday to begin thinking about his project.

SERVICE PROJECT

  • Write-up should reflect the work of a potential Eagle Scout. Mediocrity is not acceptable!

    • Write-up should be grammatically correct - spelling, punctuation, sentence structure, overall "flow" of the paragraphs, etc.

    • Write-up should be in the "first-person"

A poorly thought-out and written report will cast doubt on the quality of the overall project and the Scout’s ability to carry it out.


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TWO MAIN GOALS significant amount of time for the Scout to plan, write up, obtain approvals, and carry out the project.  The Scout must not make the mistake of waiting until the last minute before his 18th birthday to begin thinking about his project.

  • Provide a service project that is helpful to the Scout’s religious institution, school or community

    • Routine labor (a job or service normally rendered) should not be considered

    • Work involving BSA Council property or other BSA activities is not permitted

    • The project may not be performed for a business

    • The project may not be of a commercial nature

    • The project may not be a fund-raiser

      • Fundraising is permitted only for securing materials or supplies needed to carry out the project.  It should not be a majority of the project.


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Demonstrate Leadership significant amount of time for the Scout to plan, write up, obtain approvals, and carry out the project.  The Scout must not make the mistake of waiting until the last minute before his 18th birthday to begin thinking about his project.

The Eagle Scout service project provides the opportunity for the Eagle Scout candidate to demonstrate the leadership skills he has learned in Scouting.

The amount of time spent by the Scout in planning his project and the actual working time spent in carrying out the project should be as much as necessary for him to DEMONSTRATE HIS LEADERSHIP OF OTHERS

TWO MAIN GOALS


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WHAT IS LEADERSHIP? significant amount of time for the Scout to plan, write up, obtain approvals, and carry out the project.  The Scout must not make the mistake of waiting until the last minute before his 18th birthday to begin thinking about his project.

Leadership is the process of influencing the activities of an individual or a group in efforts toward goal advancement in a given situation.  Thus the leadership process is a function of the leader, the follower, the goals, and the situation at the time.  It is active, exerts influence, requires effort, and is related to goals.


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LEADERSHIP SKILLS significant amount of time for the Scout to plan, write up, obtain approvals, and carry out the project.  The Scout must not make the mistake of waiting until the last minute before his 18th birthday to begin thinking about his project.

  • Communicating

    • Communicate to give and receive information. Say what you mean.

  • Controlling Group Performance

    • A group that is out of control will not accomplish its goal.

  • Counseling (Listening)

    • Listening is needed for effective counseling or else you are just talking.

  • Effective Teaching

    • Teaching is not effective unless something is learned.

  • Evaluating

    • Without evaluation, you do not know if you are accomplishing your goal.

  • Knowing And Using The Resources Of The Group

    • You must depend on what other members of the group can do as well what you can do in order to accomplish your goal.


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LEADERSHIP SKILLS significant amount of time for the Scout to plan, write up, obtain approvals, and carry out the project.  The Scout must not make the mistake of waiting until the last minute before his 18th birthday to begin thinking about his project.

  • Planning

    • Without a plan, a group has no direction.

  • Representing the Group

    • You represent your group to others, and others to your group.

  • Setting the Example

    • What you are and what you do speak louder than what you say.

  • Sharing Leadership

    • Without sharing leadership, no one will be trained to take over.

  • Understanding The Characteristics And Needs Of The Group And Its Members

    • Different backgrounds, strengths, and weaknesses; all must be understood and considered.


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"A PICTURE IS WORTH significant amount of time for the Scout to plan, write up, obtain approvals, and carry out the project.  The Scout must not make the mistake of waiting until the last minute before his 18th birthday to begin thinking about his project.

A THOUSAND WORDS"

  • "Before" and "After", where applicable

  • No set number of pictures

  • "Action" shots of the Scout’s workforce at work

  • "Action" shots of the Scout leading and directing the work efforts of others

  • "Action" shots of the Scout actively participating in doing some of the work

  • Label or identify what each picture depicts


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Use a computerized, or "electronic", version of the Eagle Scout Leadership Service Project Workbook

The actual Eagle Scout Leadership Service Project Workbook does not provide enough physical space within its pages on which to write the Eagle Scout project and all its facets.

Electronic versions require "typing", which makes the Eagle Scout project write-up easier to read

A computer with a good text editor allows the Scout to quality control his typed information through the use of a spell checker, grammar editor and thesaurus.  It also provides for the selection of font sizes, styles and colors, layout of the text on the page, and the importation and use of graphics and photos - all of which will enhance the "aesthetics" of his write-up.

ELECTRONIC PREPARATION


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ELECTRONIC PREPARATION Scout Leadership Service Project Workbook

  • Just make sure the "electronic" version you use is exactly the same as the current "Official" one, which is BSA Publication number 18-927, most current printing.  Computerized, or "electronic", versions of the Eagle Scout Leadership Service Project Workbook in Microsoft Word (.doc), Rich Text (.rtf), or Adobe (.pdf) format that are the "Official" electronic versions are available from:

    http://www.nesa.org/trail/manual.html

  • Computerized or "electronic" versions of the Eagle Scout Leadership Service Project Workbook from any other source are not "Official" versions and therefore are not authorized to be used.


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ELECTRONIC PREPARATION Scout Leadership Service Project Workbook

  • Use of a computerized or "electronic" version of the Eagle Scout Leadership Service Project Workbook does not give the Scout license to modify, deviate or otherwise be "creative" with the format of the Eagle Scout Leadership Service Project Workbook.  While the Scout is encouraged to use his own style of writing in filling out the requisite parts of the Eagle Scout Leadership Service Project Workbook, he must strictly adhere to the existing format of the Eagle Scout Leadership Service Project Workbook and provide the information required in each section of the Eagle Scout Leadership Service Project Workbook.


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"Describe the project you plan to do." Scout Leadership Service Project Workbook

Brief synopsis (no more than a paragraph or two) of the project

"High-level" overview of what the project is going to be

General terms about the present situation and what the Scout proposes to do to correct, improve, or enhance it through his project

PROJECT DESCRIPTION


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"Describe the project you plan to do." Scout Leadership Service Project Workbook

Background information on the organization

Street or area map of where the project is located

Photograph that is representative of the organization

PROJECT DESCRIPTION


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PROJECT DESCRIPTION Scout Leadership Service Project Workbook

  • "What group will benefit from the project?"

  • List only the information asked for

  • Self-explanatory


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PROJECT DESCRIPTION Scout Leadership Service Project Workbook

  • "My project will be of benefit to the group because:"

  • Explain the reasons why the project is of benefit to the organization for whom the Scout is doing the project.


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PROJECT DESCRIPTION Scout Leadership Service Project Workbook

  • "The concept was discussed with my unit leader on:"

  • Date the Scout discussed what he wanted to do with his unit leader

    • Preferably the Scoutmaster

  • NOT the date of the Unit Committee’s approval


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The "heart", or the "meat" of the proposal Scout Leadership Service Project Workbook

Describe, in great detail, all the aspects that the Scout can think of that it will take to complete the project

Describe the present condition, the method, materials to be used, project helpers, a time schedule for carrying out the project, the estimated cost of the project, and how the needed funds will be obtained. Describe any safety hazards that might be faced, and how you will ensure the safety of those carrying out the project.

First-person future tense - "I will...", or "I plan to..."

Include the "Before" pictures, where applicable

PROJECT DETAILS

Note: After completion of his project, a Scout must answer the question "In what ways did you demonstrate leadership of others?"  It may be helpful in meeting this requirement if the Scout discusses how he proposes to "demonstrate leadership of others" in this section of the project workbook.


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What, Where, When, How and Who Scout Leadership Service Project Workbook

Materials, manpower, time frames, sequence of events, alternative plans, etc.

It is in this section that the Scout will want to identify who he expects will provide tools or materials, and what specifically it is he expects them to provide.

Funding

Will the organization be providing the money for the materials, will the Scout will seek material donations from local business, or a combination of both?

PROJECT DETAILS


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PROJECT DETAILS Scout Leadership Service Project Workbook

  • Workforce

    • Specify where the Scout will be recruiting them from (fellow Scouts from your unit, Scouts from other units, family members, friends, or relatives)

    • Specify the number of helpers he will need

    • Specify the approximate "mix" (adults and youth)

  • Photographs, layouts, drawings, or other visual aids


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Approval Signatures Scout Leadership Service Project Workbook(in this order)

Religious institution, school or community representative

Scoutmaster / Coach / Advisor

Unit Committee Member (preferably the Unit Committee Chair)

Council or District Advancement Committee Member

PROJECT DETAILS


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Council or District Advancement Committee Scout Leadership Service Project Workbook

Will require a formal meeting with the Scout

Review and discuss the project with the Scout

The Scout should be attired in his complete Scout "Class A" uniform

"First impressions" are extremely important

Contact Mary Snell, District Advancement Committee Chairman (850-897-0718; [email protected] ) to set up a District Advancement Committee panel meeting or to work with a District Advancement Committee Eagle Advisor.

PROJECT DETAILS


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DO NOT Scout Leadership Service Project Workbook come to the appointment with the District Advancement Committee and already have the first workday scheduled for a day or two from that appointment

The Eagle Scout Project write-up should reflect the very best effort - Mediocrity is not acceptable!

When it comes time for the Eagle Scout Board of Review, at least one District or Council Advancement representative MUST be on the Eagle Scout Board

ADDITIONAL INFO


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A NOTE OF CAUTION Scout Leadership Service Project Workbook

Although the Scout acquires the four signatures of approval, these signatures are only a "preapproval" to do the project.  This preapproval of the project does not mean that the Eagle Board of Review will approve the way the project was carried out, or that the final write-up of how the Scout accomplished his project is sufficient and acceptable.  The Eagle Board of Review decides whether or not the completed project meets the standards and is officially accepted and approved as an Eagle Scout Leadership Service Project.


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Only when you have Scout Leadership Service Project WorkbookALL four signatures may the Scout actually begin carrying out his Eagle Scout Leadership Service Project!


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As the work on the project progresses, keep notes of what happens.  Either during or immediately after each work-day, record what progress was made.  How many workers showed up?  What work was accomplished?  What went right?  What went wrong?  What caused a change in plans?  Why?  What was done about it?  Why?

Take lots and lots of pictures

WHILE CARRYING OUT

THE PROJECT


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"Record the progress of your project" happens.  Either during or immediately after each work-day, record what progress was made.  How many workers showed up?  What work was accomplished?  What went right?  What went wrong?  What caused a change in plans?  Why?  What was done about it?  Why?

The technical side of everything (how and what) that was done to complete the project

The Scout must answer the question "In what ways did you demonstrate leadership of others?"

The Scout must give examples of how he directed the project rather than doing the work himself.

CARRYING OUT

THE PROJECT

It may behoove the Scout to create a written narrative that addresses these topics and insert it under this workbook heading. Other options may include, but not be limited to photographic or video documentation that accurately recorded the progress of the project from start to finish. The alternative is to be prepared to discuss these topics, in depth, during the Scout’s Eagle Board of Review.


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CARRYING OUT happens.  Either during or immediately after each work-day, record what progress was made.  How many workers showed up?  What work was accomplished?  What went right?  What went wrong?  What caused a change in plans?  Why?  What was done about it?  Why?

THE PROJECT

  • The action words should now be first-person past tense - "I did..."

  • Write in the same sequence or order as was done in the Project Details section

  • Include and identify the "After" pictures

    • Photographs of the completed project

      • A "nice touch" here is also the inclusion of a picture, or pictures of the Scout, in his complete Scout "Class A" uniform, at, and showing off the completed project.


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"Hours I Spent Working on the Project" happens.  Either during or immediately after each work-day, record what progress was made.  How many workers showed up?  What work was accomplished?  What went right?  What went wrong?  What caused a change in plans?  Why?  What was done about it?  Why?

Keep a record of the time THE SCOUT spent on the project. He will need to keep separate track of:

How much time THE SCOUT spent "planning" the project

How much time THE SCOUT spent actually working on the project.

Add these two times together and it is the total amount of time THE SCOUT spent on the entire project.

CARRYING OUT

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"Hours Spent by Scouts, Venturers, or Other Individuals Working on the Project"

Keep a record of the time others spent helping the Scout on the project.

Have a "Sign-In/Sign-Out" log at the project worksite, and ask that the helpers document their time.

List the names, dates, and number of hours worked by the helpers in this part of this section.

CARRYING OUT

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Grand Total Number Of Hours Working on the Project"

"Hours I Spent Working on the Project"

"Hours Spent by Scouts, Venturers, or Other Individuals Working on the Project"

Grand total number of hours it took to complete the project

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THE PROJECT

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"Materials Required to Complete the Project" Working on the Project"

Keep a record of what materials were used, where the materials came from, and how much each of the materials cost

Some, if not all the material may be donated, but there still needs to be a list the materials and specify "Donation" for the cost

CARRYING OUT

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"Changes" Working on the Project"

Compare what the Scout thought he was going to do (as specified in the Project Details section) with what he actually did in carrying out the project.

Write a paragraph on each of the changes the Scout had to deal with as opposed to lumping all the changes into one large paragraph.

CARRYING OUT

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"Approvals for Completed Project" Working on the Project"

The "Start" date of the project is the date the Scout got his Scoutmaster/Coach/Advisor’s approval to do the initial proposal write-up.

The "Completion Date" is the date the Scout completed all the paperwork pertaining to his completed project.

Sign and date the completed project.

Reverse the listed order of signatures

Religious institution, school or community representative's signature and date.

Scoutmaster/Coach/Advisor’s signature and date.

CARRYING OUT

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YOU’RE DONE Working on the Project"

CONGRATULATIONS!!!

The Scout has finished his Eagle

Scout Leadership Service Project.

REMINDER: The Eagle Board of Review decides whether or not the project and associated project documentation meets the standards and is officially accepted and approved as an Eagle Scout Service Project.


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QUESTIONS Working on the Project"


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Eagle Scout Information Working on the Project"

The Purpose Of The Eagle Scout Award

The Eagle Scout’s Requirements

The Unit’s Responsibilities

The Unit Leader’s Responsibilities

The Unit Committee’s Responsibilities

The Eagle Scout Leadership Service Project

The Eagle Scout Rank Application

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EAGLE SCOUT Working on the Project" RANK APPLICATION


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USE THE CORRECT FORM Working on the Project"

PID Number Entry

Date and Form Number (58-728)


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First and foremost, fill out this application completely and correctly.  Anything and everything that is documented on this application will be checked by the Council Service Center, verified and certified as correct.  For entries that pertain to other Councils, those Councils will be contacted and the information verified through them also.  If there is a discrepancy between what is entered on this application and what is on record at a Council Service Center, the application will be returned to the unit for correction.

In preparation for filling out the application, gather together all pertinent personally held records.  Locate all unit issued merit badge cards and rank cards that the Scout received at Courts of Honor.  These are documents that should have been saved and kept in a safe place since "Day One" that the boy joined Scouts.

For those documents that are not personally on hand, contact the registered adult who is responsible for unit record-keeping.  The unit should have copies of all advancement reports submitted to the Council Service Center.  In some units there may also be an electronic record of each Scout.

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I recommend that a copy be made of all the unit issued merit badge cards, as well as the rank cards that the Scout received at Courts of Honor and that are used as supporting documentation to this Eagle Scout Rank Application.

A good way to do this is to place the merit badge cards in commercially available clear plastic baseball card holders, in the order they are listed on the Eagle Scout Rank Application, and copy them in that manner.  It will take two or three sheets of the clear plastic baseball card holders to accommodate all the merit badge cards.

Do the same for all the rank cards.

Providing these copies as support documentation will assist the Council Service Center in verifying the information on the Eagle Scout Rank Application and may speed up the processing time.

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1 – Enter the date of the applicant’s Life Scout Board of Review

2 – List the names, addresses and phone numbers of people who have personal knowledge of the Scout and who would be willing to provide a recommendation to the Eagle Board of Review

3 – Listing the 21 merit badges

4 – Leadership positions held for six months or more while a Life Scout

5 – The Eagle Scout Leadership Service Project

6 – This requirement has two parts:

Part One is a statement of ambitions and life purpose

Part Two is the Scoutmaster’s Conference

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Gulf Coast Council enters this information of Review

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Biographical Information of Review

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Requirement 1 of Review

Enter the date of the applicant’s Life Scout Board of Review.

This date will also be entered under Requirement 4

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Requirement 2 of Review

List the names, addresses and phone numbers of people who have personal knowledge of the Scout and who would be willing to provide a recommendation to the Eagle Board of Review

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Requirement 3 of Review

The 12 required merit badges are mandatory and self-explanatory.  For those Eagle-required merit badges where the Scout had to select from several acceptable ones, "XXXX" out the merit badge(s) he is not using to fulfill that particular Eagle-required merit badge requirement (i.e., entry number 9 allows the Scout to use either Cycling, Hiking, or Swimming merit badge to fulfill that requirement.  If the Scout had earned any or all three of these badges and chose to use Cycling merit badge, then he would physically type "X’s" over the words "or Hiking or Swimming").

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Requirement 3 (Continued) of Review

The remaining 9 merit badges are of the Scout’s choosing, selected from the ones he has earned.  These can include any of the Eagle-required merit badges he earned but crossed out because he used another Eagle-required merit badge to satisfy that requirement.  Any additional 9 merit badges fulfill this requirement.  If the Scout only has 9 additional merit badges from which to pick, then the exercise is academic.

If the Scout has more then 9 merit badges (over and above the 12 required for Eagle), he should pick those that are representative of his entire Scouting career.

As a District Advancement Committee member, I will use those merit badges that are listed to help form an opinion of what type activities the Scout participated in and what he got out of his Scouting experience.

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Requirement 4 of Review

Leadership positions held for six months or more while a Life Scout. 

If the Scout held a single leadership position for six months or more while a Life Scout, then only that position needs to be documented on the application.

If the Scout held several leadership positions as a Life Scout, it is preferable to document the one that had the most leadership responsibility.

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Requirement 4 (Continued) of Review

If the Scout held several leadership positions while a Life Scout, but none were for a minimum six-month period, then the time spent in more than one leadership position can be combined to achieve the six-month requirement.

Again, it is preferable to list those positions that had the most leadership responsibility associated with them.  Listing those leadership positions that exemplify "higher level" leadership gives the Eagle application reviewer a more accurate gage of the Scout’s true leadership abilities and potential.

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Requirement 5 of Review

The Eagle Scout Leadership Service Project

Enter the completion date that the Scout finished the Eagle Scout Leadership Service Project.

This completion date should be the same as the one in the Eagle Scout Leadership Service Project Workbook.

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Requirement 6 of Review

Part One is a Statement Of Ambitions And Life Purpose, and a listing of positions held in the Scout’s religious institution, school, camp, community, or other organizations during which he demonstrated leadership skills.

Part Two is the Scoutmaster’s Conference.  This conference can be held ONLY after all the above Eagle Scout Rank Application requirements have been met.  Enter the date the Scoutmaster’s Conference was held and successfully passed by the Scout. Remember, this conference must occur prior to the Scout’s 18th birthday!!

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Certification By Applicant of Review

When the 6 Eagle Scout requirements are completed and documented on the Eagle Scout Rank Application, the Scout signs and dates the application form.

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Unit Approval of Review

After the Scout signs and dates the Eagle Scout Rank Application, both the Unit Leader (usually the Scoutmaster) and the Unit Committee Chair sign and date the application.

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When these 3 signatures (Scout, Unit Leader and Unit Committee Chair) are obtained, an Eagle Scout package is ready to be sent to the Council Service Center.  This package should consist of:

The original Eagle Scout Rank Application

The original Eagle Scout Leadership Service Project Workbook (I also recommend an additional copy of the Eagle Scout Leadership Service Project Workbook be sent along to preclude the Council Service Center from having to make their own copy.  This is especially relevant if there are color pictures in the Eagle Scout Leadership Service Project Workbook)

The Statement Of Ambitions And Life Purpose

The copies of the listed merit badges and rank badges

It is STRONGLY recommended that copies be made and retained of EVERYTHING sent to the Council Service Center!  It is also recommended that the entire package be hand-carried to the Council Service Center and placed in the hands of the Council Service Center’s advancement person.

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BSA Local Council Certification Committee Chair) are obtained, an Eagle Scout package is ready to be sent to the Council Service Center.  This package should consist of:

The Council Service Center will review, verify and certify the information on the Eagle Scout Rank Application, and then sign the application form.

The Council Service Center will return the original Eagle Scout Rank Application and the original Eagle Scout Leadership Service Project Workbook to the Scoutmaster.

The Council Service Center will also send out the confidential questionnaire/recommendation forms to the individuals listed on the application, with instructions to return the forms to the Scoutmaster in the enclosed prepaid envelope.

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Actions By Eagle Scout Board of Review Committee Chair) are obtained, an Eagle Scout package is ready to be sent to the Council Service Center.  This package should consist of:

When the Eagle Scout candidate successfully passes his Eagle Board of Review, the Eagle Board of Review Chair and the District or Council Advancement representative both sign and date the original Eagle Scout Rank Application.

The Unit Advancement Chair initiates an advancement form and both the original Eagle Scout Rank Application and the unit advancement form are submitted to the Council Service Center.

It is STRONGLYrecommend copies be made of both of these documents before they are sent to the Council Service Center. 

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The Council Service Center will have the Council Scout Executive sign the Eagle Scout Rank Application, and forward all required paperwork to BSA’s National Headquarters.

It usually takes between 4 -6 weeks before the National Headquarters responds.

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When the National Headquarters approves the Eagle Scout Rank Application, the Council Service Center will notify the Unit Leader to have someone personally pick up an Eagle Scout package.  A benefactor within the Gulf Coast Council provides the new Eagle Scout with the Eagle Scout Badge, the Eagle Scout cloth rank patch, and other Eagle Scout memorabilia.

At this point the Scout is an Eagle Scout, with his date of Eagle Scout rank the date of his Eagle Scout Board of Review.  Formal recognition of the Eagle Scout should be at an Eagle Scout Court of Honor.

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CONTACT INFORMATION Application, the Council Service Center will notify the Unit Leader to have someone personally pick up an Eagle Scout package.  A benefactor within the Gulf Coast Council provides the new Eagle Scout with the Eagle Scout Badge, the Eagle Scout cloth rank patch, and other Eagle Scout memorabilia.

Mary Snell

District Advancement Committee Chairman

850-897-0718

[email protected]

http://troop553.com/


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