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Life to Eagle. A step by step guide for Scouts, Parents, and Scouters. The Requirements . Active for 6 Months as a Life Scout Demonstrate Scout Spirit Earn 21 Merit Badges 6 Months in Leadership Role Complete a Leadership Service Project Scoutmaster Conference Board of Review.

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life to eagle

Life to Eagle

A step by step guide for Scouts, Parents, and Scouters

the requirements
The Requirements
  • Active for 6 Months as a Life Scout
  • Demonstrate Scout Spirit
  • Earn 21 Merit Badges
  • 6 Months in Leadership Role
  • Complete a Leadership Service Project
  • Scoutmaster Conference
  • Board of Review
leadership service project
Leadership Service Project
  • Choosing a Project
    • Demonstrate Leadership
    • Provide worthy service to an institution other than BSA
    • Original
    • Truly Valuable
    • Challenging
project types
Project Types
  • Build
  • Repair
  • Landscape/Plant
  • Collect/Drives
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Project Types
  • Collect/Drives
    • Should Use an “Active” collection method rather than a “Passive” method
    • There must be a goal and it must be significant
leadership service project workbook
Leadership Service Project Workbook
  • Available from the Service Center or can be downloaded
  • Read it/Follow it
  • Discuss project ideas with Scoutmaster/Eagle Coach before committing to the benefiting organization
what makes a good project
What Makes a Good Project?
  • Download “Guidelines for Eagle Scout Leadership Project Development and Approval” from the Tomahawk District Web site
  • Read it!
project idea
Project Idea

1. Someone else did it a while back

2. An adult in the troop suggested it

3. Suggested by the benefiting organization

4. Agreed to by the Scout and the benefiting organization

5. Scout’s idea

benefiting organization approval
Benefiting Organization Approval
  • One conversation
  • Multiple conversations
  • Formal Meeting
  • Presentation requiring preparation
  • Multiple Presentations/Approvals
  • No design
  • Simple hand drawing
  • Detailed drawings
  • Detailed drawings with multiple elevations/angles
  • Professional quality plans
  • No tools
  • Simple hand tools
  • Basic power tools
  • Skilled tools
  • Heavy equipment
skill level
Skill Level
  • No skill
  • Minimal instruction
  • Significant instruction requiring training sessions prior to project start
  • Specialized skills that are beyond the scope of the project
  • Skills requiring a license
time between final approval and project start
Time Between Final Approval and Project Start
  • Within the week
  • Can be started the following week
  • Will require two weeks to begin
  • Will require as much as a month to begin
  • Will require more than a month to begin
number of helpers needed
Number of Helpers Needed
  • 5 or less
  • 6-10
  • 11-15
  • 16-20
  • 21+
source of help
Source of Help
  • Close friends and family
  • Members of the Scout’s troop/church youth group
  • Members of other Scout troops
  • School group such as PALs/NHS/ people from the benefiting organization
  • People the Scout does not know
amount of time per day
Amount of Time per Day
  • 3 hours or less
  • 4-6
  • 7-9
  • 10-12
  • More than 12
location of the project
Location of the Project
  • Less than a 15 minute drive
  • Less than a 30 minute drive
  • Up to an hour drive
  • Up to a two hour drive
  • More than a two hour drive
total hours spent on the project
Total Hours Spent on the Project
  • Less than 50
  • 50-75
  • 76-100
  • 101-150
  • More than 150
project cost
Project Cost
  • Less than $100
  • $100 - $250
  • $251 - $500
  • $501 - $1,000
  • More than $1,000
source of funds
Source of Funds
  • Scout/Scout’s family
  • Benefiting organization funded
  • Funded by another charity/organization
  • Combination of sources
  • Separate fundraising project
opportunity for media coverage
Opportunity for Media Coverage
  • No media interest
  • Neighborhood newsletter
  • Weekly newspaper
  • Daily newspaper
  • Television
  • No permanence
  • Requires seasonal maintenance
  • Requires annual maintenance
  • Wood construction
  • Metal/Steel/Stone
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Leadership Service Project Workbook
  • Description
    • Brief (details come later)
  • Who will benefit
    • Social service agency
    • Church
    • Civic/Neighborhood Assoc.
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Leadership Service Project Workbook
  • Planning Details
    • Description of current condition/situation
    • Photographs
    • Plans/Drawings/Designs
    • Materials list
    • Tools
    • Supplies
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Leadership Service Project Workbook
  • Planning Details
    • Work Schedule
      • Dates/Rain Dates
      • Times
      • Ideal number of workers
      • Labor source
      • Adult Supervision (must have at least two adults present and one must be YPT trained
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Leadership Service Project Workbook
  • Project Details
    • Financial plan
      • Benefiting organization should be the first source
      • Fundraising should not be a significant part of the project
      • Can be paid for by scout/family
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Leadership Service Project Workbook
  • Project Details
    • Transportation
      • Must be 21+ unless driving themselves
project approval
Project Approval
  • Benefiting Organization
  • Scoutmaster/Coach/Advisor
  • Committee
  • District Advancement Chairman
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Project Approval
  • Approvers should be looking for
    • Completeness
    • Appropriateness for the Scout’s ability
    • Opportunities to demonstrate leadership
    • Likelihood of successful completion
working the project
Working the Project

The plan should be so complete that it could be given to another Life Scout to execute

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Working the Project
  • Keep track of all those who worked on the project
  • Take lots of pictures!
  • Keep your workers happy
    • Food, water, breaks
final project write up
Final Project Write-Up
  • Do it right away!
  • Thank those that helped
  • Have the benefiting organization acknowledge the completion of the project by signing the workbook and if possible get a thank you letter
the application
The Application
  • Available from Service Center or can be downloaded
  • Make sure all dates are accurate
  • Identify individuals to write letters of recommendation
  • Write a “Statement of Purpose”
  • Get all necessary signatures
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The Application
  • Letters of Recommendation
    • Must be favorable
    • Must know the Scout well enough to comment on his qualifications to be an Eagle Scout
    • Religious letter should comment on Scout’s faith
    • Employer should comment on Scout’s work habits
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The Application
  • Letters of Recommendation
    • Do not wait!
    • Request at the time you start planning your Leadership Service Project
    • Give them a deadline
    • A week after deadline make a second request, then get someone else
scoutmaster conference
Scoutmaster Conference
  • Final opportunity to impart knowledge
  • Ask for a commitment from the Scout for continued involvement
  • Ask for suggestions on how to improve the program
  • Try to put the Scout at ease concerning the Board of Review
council approval
Council Approval
  • Review checklist before taking to the Service Center
  • Take application, letters of recommendation, and project workbook
  • Call Phoebe Parks to make sure she is there
  • Wait for her to approve it on behalf of Mike Sheets
board of review
Board of Review
  • Contact the District Advancement Chairman to schedule
  • Minimum of Three, Maximum of Six
  • No Parents or Scoutmasters
  • Do not have to be a registered Scout Leader
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Board of Review
  • Signatures (Blue Ink)
    • Application
    • Advancement Report
    • Scout’s Handbook
final paperwork
Final Paperwork
  • Take the following to the Scout Service Center
    • Application
    • Advancement Report
    • Letters of recommendation
    • Statement of Life Purpose
court of honor
Court of Honor
  • Allow six weeks from the time the paperwork is submitted
  • Parent’s responsibility to plan
  • Send Pictures/News article to the local newspapers