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Eagle Scout Resources
Getting Started on the Trail to Eagle Scout

You are now a Life Scout, one step away from Scouting's highest award - EAGLE SCOUT!

You are ready to climb the last trail to join the "select few" who have reached the top of Scouting's advancement ladder. This Honor requires demonstrating leadership and service.

To achieve this high honor, you are expected to PLAN, DEVELOP AND GIVE LEADERSHIP to others, in carrying out a service project which is helpful to one of the following:

  1. Your religious institution
  2. Your school
  3. Your community

Please Note: Your project cannot be of direct benefit to any Boy Scout organization, cannot be performed for a commercial business or an individual, and cannot be a fund-raiser.  Funds raised can only be used for materials and supplies needed to carry out the project.

The Steps from Life to Eagle

The following are steps to assist you in the Eagle Process:

Before a project is begun:

  1. The applicant should have a membership card showing his registration.
  2. After the scout receives the Life Rank, get a profile from the Council Office.
  3. Make sure the applicant is registered in the unit that will be listed on the current Eagle Scout application and Eagle Certificate. Also, confirm he has been registered in the unit in which he held the leadership position (Requirement #4).
  4. Files must be current with merit badges and ranks. As a service, we will print a person profile for the applicant listing his rank and merit badges received on advancement forms.
  5. If there is any information missing, an advancement form or copies of the blue cards are required in order to update the system.
    NOTE: Do not list different programs on the same advancement form. Each program must have its own Advancement form (Troops, Teams, Crews, Posts and Ships).
  6. The project workbook may be downloaded from BSA here. National requires original signatures for the project.***
  7. Projects are to be approved with the District Advancement Chairman prior to beginning work on the project. You can contact the Front Desk at the Great Southwest Council (505) 345-8603 for your district advancement chairman's contact information.
  8. When having to use alternate merit badges because of medical reasons, the application for “Alternate Merit Badges” must be completed and sent to the service center as soon as possible. This is forwarded to the council Advancement Chairman for his review. Upon approval the unit leader will be notified.
  9. At council certification of the application, the project is not required. We must have:
    1. The original application.
    2. Requirement #6 (Statement of Ambition), signed by the scout.
    3. Signatures and dates of applicant, unit and committee chair approval must be on the application.
  10. After the Board of Review, we must have:
    1. The original application.
    2. Project (including the list of volunteers and their hours spent on the project, and all the original required signatures for the project).
    3. Statement of Ambition.
    4. References**
    5. Advancement form with Eagle Rank (rank cannot be updated or the award purchased without it). We need 3 signatures including District and 2 alternatives (See advancement book).
      1. All three copies of the Advancement Form should be sent with the application and project. The advancement form will be initialed and the pink copy will be inside the Certificate when it is returned to the leader.*
      2. The Eagle kit may not be purchased without the pink copy of the advancement form.
    6. Send all written references (5 if no employer, 6 if employed).*
  11. Expediting is not necessary. Eagles are processed in the order they are received, usually within the week and National has a turnaround time of approximately two weeks.

    NOTE: As of January 1, 2011, this version of the Project Workbook is the only version you can use.

    When sending these forms to the Service Center, please be sure to make copies. We have had instances where they have been either lost or delayed (by months) in the mail.

    If you have any questions, you may contact the Great Soutwest Council at (505) 345-8603. Ask to speak to the Eagle Application Specialist.

    *See 2008 Advancement book page 32 #10 and 12

    ** References: Our council has decided to do letters. When the Scout asks a person to be a reference, he is to ask if they are willing to write a letter on his behalf.  The person who will take him to the Board of Review should receive the letters. He or she should take them to the Board of Review in sealed envelopes, to be opened by the Board.  The board will return the letters to the youth and he will bring them to the office with the other required materials.

    ***See 2008 Advancement book pg 31 # 6 - The Eagle Scout Service Project # 18-927D, must be used in meeting this requirement.

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