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Life to Eagle Conference March 2010. Presented by Michael Cox Sandia District Advancement Committee Chairman With Thanks to John Varney.

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Presented by Michael Cox Sandia District Advancement Committee ChairmanWith Thanks to John Varney

requirement 1

Requirement #1

Be active in your Troop, Team, or Post for at least 6 months after you have earned the rank of Life Scout.

requirement 1 interpreted

Requirement #1 (interpreted)

Be active in your Troop, Team, or Crew for at least 6 months after you have earned the rank of Life Scout.

requirement 2

Requirement #2

Demonstrate that you live by the principles of the Scout Oath and Law in your daily life.

requirement 2 interpreted

Requirement #2 (interpreted)

Prove that you live by the principles of the Scout Oath and Law in your daily life by getting witnesses.

recommendation options
Recommendation Options
  • At present, who and how someone is contact for a letter of reference is determined by your Troop.
  • Letters
    • Most desirable
    • Delivered sealed to Eagle Board of Review
  • Telephone interview
  • Form letter or survey
letters of recommendation
Letters of Recommendation
  • Parents or guardians
  • Religious leader
  • Teacher or other educator
  • Employer (if any)
  • Two other references
selecting references
Selecting References
  • Always ask first.
  • Explain the purpose of the recommendation ( you might also have to explain the Scout Oath and Law).
  • Explain how the recommendation will be given.
  • Allow plenty of time.
  • “Will your recommendation be positive?”
requirement 3

Requirement #3

Earn 21 merit badges (12 required and 9 optional)

required merit badges
Required Merit Badges
  • Camping
  • Citizenship in the Community
  • Citizenship in the Nation
  • Citizenship in the World
  • Communications
  • Emergency Preparedness or Lifesaving
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Required Merit Badges
  • Environmental Science
  • Family Life
  • First Aid
  • Personal Fitness
  • Personal Management
  • Swimming or Hiking or Cycling
previous required merit badges
Previous Required Merit Badges
  • 1911 – Athletics, Personal Health, Public Health
  • 1934 – Bird Study, Civics, Cooking, Pathfinding, Pioneering, Safety
  • 1961 – Firemanship, Nature
merit badge requirement
Merit Badge Requirement
  • Be able to document the merit badges that you list.
  • Merit badges can be earned in any sequence and at any time.
  • Merit badges do not need to precede project.
  • 21 is the minimum number of merit badges. It’s OK to earn more.
requirement 4

Requirement #4

While a Life Scout, serve actively for a period of 6 months or more in a designated position of responsibility.

requirement 417

Requirement #4

While a Life Scout, serve actively for a period of 6 months or more in a designatedposition of responsibility.

designated positions
Designated Positions
  • PL, SPL, ASPL, Troop Guide, OA Rep., Den Chief, Scribe, Librarian, Quartermaster, JASM, Chaplain Aide, Instructor, Historian, Venture Patrol Leader
  • Varsity team Captain, Co-captain, Program Manager, Squad Leader, Team Secretary
designated positions continued
Designated Positions (continued)
  • Venturing Crew/Ship positions: President, Vice President, Secretary, Treasurer / Boatswain, Boatswain’s Mate, Yeoman, Purser, Storekeeper
requirement 5

Requirement #5

While a Life Scout, plan, develop, and give leadership to others in a service project...

planning document
Planning Document
  • Use either the paper Eagle Scout Leadership Service Project Workbook (18-927) or better yet…
  • The Eagle Scout Application can also be found here. Download the form from the BSA website
planning document continued
Planning Document (continued)
  • The .rtf file can go straight into your word processor.
  • Photos can be scanned into the planning document.
  • Use of the electronic form permits electronic review and corrections.
  • Keep signatures on a separate page.
project selection
Project Selection
  • It must benefit a religious institution, school or the community (and be approved by the benefiting organization).
  • It cannot benefit a business or your Troop.
  • It must have “lasting value.”
project scope
Project Scope
  • Total time is usually 100 or more man-hours.
  • It requires the direction of others.
  • It must be challenging.
  • It must be within the skills of the Scout.
project proposal
Project Proposal
  • Proposal approval must precede starting the project.
  • Proposal must be approved by:
    • Benefiting organization
    • Scoutmaster
    • Troop Committee
    • District representative
  • Appearances count; use proper grammar and spelling.
district approval what i will be looking for
District Approval ( What I will be looking for)
  • Standard - Can I hand your proposal to another Life Scout and the project will still get done without you?
  • Design or engineering approvals needed?
  • How many people will participate?
  • When do you propose to do the project?
district approval 2
District Approval (2)
  • Complete, step-by-step details?
  • Drawings, diagrams or photographs?
  • Detailed list of tools and materials needed?
  • Plan for acquiring tools and materials?
  • Plan for transporting materials from the supplier to the worksite?
  • How can somebody get hurt during this project?
  • How do you plan to prevent these injuries?
  • How do you plan to deal with these injuries when they occur despite your plans to prevent them?
creature comforts
Creature Comforts
  • How will you use your workers?
    • Consider work teams
    • Consider rotating tasks
    • Adults present at all worksites
  • Rest periods, food, drink, and toilet?
  • Transportation to and from worksite - BSA tour permit needed?
alternative plans
Alternative Plans
  • What will you do if the weather doesn’t cooperate?
  • What will you do if other major changes occur?
  • What will you do if the proposal needs changes before it can be approved?
your role during the project
Your Role During the Project
  • You must execute the plan.
  • You are in charge - all questions come to you, all direction comes from you.
  • All adults adults work for you - sometimes as consultants.
  • You do what needs to be done in order to make the project a success.
after the project
After the Project
  • Thank those who helped.
  • Make sure that the project meets the expectations of the benefiting organization.
  • Return, replace and restore.
  • Write report.
project report
Project Report
  • It is a detailed description of what happened during the project.
  • If something goes wrong, that’s OK - How did you deal with it?
  • Include pictures of completed work and happy, smiling workers.
  • List all workers and their time.
  • It must be approved by Scoutmaster and benefiting organization.
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Project Report
  • Standard 1 -- Someone who wasn’t at the project site can read your report and explain exactly what happened.
  • Standard 2 -- 20 years from now, your kids will find your report in the attic - They should be impressed.
project name and grand total hours
Project Name and Grand Total Hours
  • Enter project name or description
  • Enter grand total hours ( from page 10 of the Eagle Leadership Project Workbook.
  • Use new form 58-728A
requirement 6
Requirement #6
  • Write a statement of your ambitions and life purpose and a listing of positions held in your religious institution, school, etc.
  • Participate in a Scout Master Conference
the statement
The Statement
  • Listing of positions is easy; describing life purpose is hard.
  • Describe your future life.
  • Describe how you plan to get there.
  • Share the statement with your Scoutmaster during the Scoutmaster conference.
after all 6 requirements are met
After All 6 Requirements Are Met
  • Certify the application by signing and dating it.
  • Get Unit approval by having the Scout Master and Committee Chair sign the application
after all 6 requirements are met continued
After All 6 Requirements Are Met (continued)
  • Take the completed application and statement of ambitions and life purpose to the GSW Council Service Center for Certification.
  • Wait for their review and certification before scheduling a Board of Review (allow 2 weeks).
the board of review
The Board of Review
  • A Troop responsibility
  • Requires a Sandia District representative (allow 2 weeks for one to be assigned)
  • Decision must be unanimously positive.
  • You are now an Eagle Scout!
after the board of review
After the Board of Review
  • Take everything (application, statement of ambitions and life purpose, project proposal and final project description) to the Council Service Center.
  • Wait up to 6 weeks.
  • Schedule a presentation only after your Scoutmaster receives your certificate.
common misconceptions
Common Misconceptions
  • I have to earn all of the required merit badges before considering a project.
  • I can decide to become an Eagle Scout any time before my 18th birthday.
  • Once I have completed all of the requirements, becoming an Eagle Scout is almost automatic.

How to reach Mr. Varney Home phone 883-4407 Work Phone 348-1105 E-mail JCVFIRST@MSN.COM


Leadership Service project workbook electronic version. Can be found at