Eagle Scout Candidate Guidelines
Eagle Scout candidates should thoroughly read and follow Troop 1321’s Eagle Scout Check List Additional questions should be directed to the Scoutmaster or the Eagle Advisor.
Starting your Eagle Project
As a Life Scout, you should be starting to “give back to Scouting” through leadership, training of other Scouts, recruiting and keeping Scouts active in the program. Scouting values and concepts should be an integral part of your daily life.
When you make the decision to take that next step to earning the Eagle rank, the most important thing to remember is leadership. Eagle Scout Requirement 5 states “While a Life Scout, plan, develop, and give leadership to others in a service project helpful to any religious institution, any school, or your community.”
BSA’s aim for the Eagle Scout Service Project is “boy led”; it is not about you or your family doing the work; YOU need to “LEAD”.
After reading the Eagle Scout Service Project Checklist, Eagle Scout candidates should read Troop 1321’s Eagle Scout Service Project Checklist and make an appointment with the Eagle Advisor. Eagle Candidates will need to print this checklist, fill it out and sign it and bring it to their appointment with the Eagle Advisor.
Eagle Scout Project Workbook and Associated Files
Before you start the workbook, you must have your project “verbally” approved by the Eagle Advisor AND Scoutmaster. Only then may you proceed to the next step. Eagle Scout candidates can download the Eagle Scout Project Workbook at the official site of the National Eagle Scout Association. This is a fillable PDF document and therefore you are able to fill in the information on your computer as you work on your project. Make sure you have the latest version of Acrobat Reader and it is best to save the file and not opening it from the link.
Please note that the file grows as you add photographs and content. This sometimes leads to excessively large files that cannot be sent via email. So please consult with the Eagle Advisor regarding embedding photographs into the workbook file and sharing the workbook file. The standard “cover sheet” should be filled in with your personal information and put in the view of your binder.
You must keep a Eagle Project Log as you progress through your project. This log should be started immediately. Download this sample log sheet and use key action words for your tasks.
As you engage the project beneficiary, you should provide the Navigating the Eagle Scout Service Project file to the beneficiary. Also there are two additional files that will assist you in planning your project: Service Project Planning Guidelines, No. 680-027, and Age Guidelines for Tool Use and Work at Elevations or Excavations, No. 680-028.
You should be meeting with the Eagle Advisor periodically and using the Troop 1321’s Eagle Scout Service Project Checklist.
One of the important requirements to obtain your rank of Eagle Scout is to complete an Ambition Statement prior to your Scoutmaster Conference. This requirement is a statement of your ambitions and life purpose and a listing of positions held in your religious institution, school, camp, community, or other organizations, during which you demonstrated leadership skills. Include honors and awards received during this service. This statement will also be reviewed at your Eagle Board of Review. More information on this can be found at EagleScout.org. See the Troop Eagle Advisor if you have any questions.
Eagle Scout Rank Application
Another part of the Eagle Scout process is the Eagle Scout Rank Application. This form must be completed in its entirety and the correct signatures obtained.
Under Requirement #2 for Eagle Scout, you should list names of individuals that know you demonstrate the principles of the Scout Oath and Law in your daily life. Before completing this section, it would be wise to check with those you have selected and see if they would be willing to write a Letter of Recommendation on your behalf (see directions below under Letter of Recommendations).
To complete Requirement #3 for Eagle Scout, you will need to contact the Advancement Chairperson and obtain a copy of your Eagle Scout Internet Advancement Summary.
The Eagle Scout Rank Application should be filled in on the computer if you have access to Abode Professional 9. Once you have it filled in provide it to the Troop Eagle Advisor to verify the application is filled out completely and accurately.
Eagle Scout Letters of Recommendation
Eagle Scout Candidates need to obtain five letters of recommendation, including one from your parent(s). As noted above under Eagle Scout Rank Application Requirement 2, you will need to follow through with those who you have asked and make sure those letters are ready before your Eagle Board of Review. Please provide the list of names and their contact information to the Troop Eagle Advisor. Below are links to:
The Letter of Recommendation Format to guide those who you chose to write for you.
A Sample Eagle Scout Recommendation Letter is also available for your viewing.
Questions pertaining to Life to Eagle Trail should be addressed to the Troop 1321, Eagle Advisor.
Other websites to visit include:
National Eagle Scout Association: www.nesa.org