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Life to Eagle Guide

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Eagle Scout Rank Application

  • Must use the latest version - http://www.scouting.org/filestore/pdf/512-728_WB_fillable.pdf
  • Using the fillable PDF version is preferred. Saving it allows for editing later.
  • Use pen if completed by hand
  • Get started early filling it out
  • Requirement #1 – Be active for six months after achieving Life Rank
    • Must be a registered Scout. Under 18 in Troop, over 18 in Crew.
  • Requirement #2 – Demonstrate Scout Oath and Law. Provide names and addresses for letters of recommendation.
    • Email the contact information to the Advancement Chair as soon as possible
    • Advancement Chair will collect letters
  • Requirement #3 – Earn 21 merit badges
    • 13 are required, 8 others are elective
    • Cross out the merit badges not earned where you have an option
    • Upon request, the Advancement Chair will provide you an advancement report will the correct dates
  • Requirement #4 – Serve in a position of responsibility for six months after Life Board of Review
    • Must be six complete months
    • Must be a valid position
  • Requirement #5 – Plan, develop, and give leadership in a service project
    • Must use Eagle Scout Service Project Workbook - http://www.scouting.org/filestore/pdf/512-927_fillable.pdf
    • Must benefit a group other than the Boy Scouts
    • Must be approved by Scoutmaster, Committee Chair, Beneficiary
    • Once approved, call District Eagle Committee Chair for review
    • Cannot begin work or fundraising until all approvals have been received
    • High level information, fine details aren’t too critical
    • Photos before and after help
    • Contact District contact with planned dates so they can visit
    • Think about tools, permits, and safety
    • Fundraising form and options
    • Track hours and volunteers
    • Final Approval of Beneficiary
  • Requirement #6 – Take part in a Scoutmaster conference
    • Prepare a statement of your ambitions and life purpose and a listing of other positions, honors, and awards
    • Certification by Application – Scout must sign
    • Unit approval – Scoutmaster and Committee Chair must sign
    • Certification by Application – Scout must sign
    • BSA Local Council Verification – This will be handled after the Board ofReview
  • Requirement #7 – Eagle Scout Board of Review
    • Once the rest of the application is complete, give it, your project workbook, your personal statement, and any other documentation to the Advancement Chair. A binder is nice for this.
    • Advancement Chair will contact the District Eagle Committee Chair to schedule your Eagle Scout Board of Review

Important Dates

  • Eagle Scout Board of Reviews and Eagle Scout Project Approvals are held on the Second Tuesday of each month.
  • Board of Reviews must be requested by the 20th of the month for the next month
  • Plan Reviews must be requested by the 24th of the month for the next month
  • Requirements 1 through 6 must be completed before the scouts 18th birthday
  • Requirement 7 should be completed within three months of the scouts 18th birthday

Myths

  • Must have six letters of recommendation
  • No help from parents
  • No outside volunteers
  • Must be completed in 30 days
  • Must be the last requirement
  • Must have so much detail that any other scout can complete it
  • Must be 16
  • Must have X numbers of hours

Other Tips

  • Advancement Chair will turn in completed application to Council. Takes about 4 weeks.
  • Do not plan an Eagle Court of Honor until approval is received from Council
  • Parents and Troop leaders are invited to the Board of Review to introduce the Scout
  • Key to the project is to show leadership
  • Projects that are based on regular maintenance will not be approved

Court of Honor

  • Special ceremony
  • Completely up to you and your family
  • Many options and scripts available on the internet
  • Eagle Scout Charge or Challenge
  • Troop will provide Eagle Kit, Neckerchief, and Slide
  • Mentor Pin