Ten Steps to a successful Eagle Project
- Read the Eagle Scout Service Project Workbook Download a copy of the Eagle Scout Service Project Workbook and read it – the whole thing. This is required. You must use the most recent version of the workbook. A link to the current workbook may be found on the Eagle Resources page.
TomTom’s Tip: It really will help you if you read the whole workbook. Pay special attention to the five criteria listed on Proposal page A under the heading, “Meeting the Five Tests of an Acceptable Eagle Scout Service Project”. If your project doesn’t meet these criteria, the District Committee will not let you proceed as it stands!
- Find a Project Coach Ask one of the adults in your unit to be your Project Coach.
In the rare situation that no one from your unit is available, the District Eagle Chair will be available to advise you and/or help you identify a Project Coach as you develop and execute your Eagle project.
- Develop your Eagle Project Proposal
Working with your Project Coach, identify a suitable project, and complete the Contact Information (Proposal Page B), and Project Proposal (Proposal Pages C-E) sections of the project workbook (you do not need signatures on Proposal Page E yet).
When you and your Project Coach are satisfied that your proposal is ready, go on to step 4.
TomTom’s tip: everything that you write in the proposal is important but pay particular attention to safety and how you plan to manage anything that may present a safety risk.
- Submit your Project Proposal to the District Eagle Committee Email your workbook to the Shakori District Eagle Committee Chair. (If you can’t conveniently email, contact the Eagle Committee chair to make alternative arrangements.) Copy your Coach, Scoutmaster or a parent on this and subsequent communications. The Eagle Committee Chair will advise you of any changes or additions required in your proposal – including if you need to complete a Fundraising Application (Fundraising Application Pages A & B).
- Get approval signatures After the District Eagle Chair indicates that the proposal is acceptable, sign the Candidate’s Promise on Proposal Page E of the project workbook and get signatures from your unit leader, unit committee, and the project beneficiary. If you have not already done so, give the beneficiary representative a copy of “Navigating the Eagle Scout Service Project” (the last two pages of the workbook) when you meet to obtain their signature.
- Meet with the Eagle Committee Chair You and your Project Coach meet with the Eagle Committee Chair to review your progress toward Eagle, and get the district approval signature for your Project Proposal.
TomTom’s Tip: Be ready to have the District Eagle Committee Chair to sign off your fundraising plan at the same time that you have them sign off your project proposal. This will save you time and a journey and let’s you get started on your fundraising!
- Complete the Project Final Plan Working with your Project Coach, plan the details of your project and complete Project Plan pages A-E of the Project Workbook. Share and discuss the final plan with your Coach and the beneficiary representative.
- Carry out the project following your plan.
TomTom’s Tip: Make notes during the project for your project report. Pay special attention to anything that did not go to plan and what you did to work around the situation.
- Complete the Project Report Sign the Candidate’s Promise on Final Plan Page C, and get completion approval signatures from the project beneficiary and your unit leader
TomTom’s Tip: Don’t procrastinate – do this as soon as you can. It will be a lot easier if you do so!
- Prepare the workbook for submission Make a copy of the entire workbook, then staple or clip the pages of the workbook together – do not put them in any kind of binder or folder. In the event that your copy is an electronic one, make a backup!
TomTom’s Tip: You can put it in a binder or other folder once you get it back after your Eagle BOR.