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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)    Make sure the applicant is registered in the unit that will be listed on the application and Eagle Certificate. He has been registered in the unit in which he held the leadership position (Requirement #4).

3)    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.

4)    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).

5)    The workbook may be downloaded from the website (www.gswcbsa.org). National requires original signatures for the project.***

6)    Projects are to be approved with the District Advancement Chairman prior to beginning work on the project. (You can contact Barbara at (505) 503-2396) for that person’s name and number).

7)    When having to use alternate merit badges because of medical reasons, the application for “Alternated 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.

8)    At council certification of the application, the project is not required. We must have:

a.     The original application (58-728, 2009 )

b.     Requirement # 6 (Statement of Ambition)

c.     Signatures and dates of applicant, unit approval and committee chair must be on the application.

9)    After the Board of Review, we must have:

a.     The original application

b.     Project (including the list of volunteers and their hours spent on the project, and all the original required signatures for the project)  

c.     Statement of Ambition

d.     References **

e. Advancement form with Eagle Rank (rank cannot be  updated or the award purchased without it). We need 3 signatures, District, 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.

f.      Send all written references (5 if no employer, 6 if employed) * 

10)  Expediting is not necessary. Eagles are processed in the order they are received usually within the week and National has a turnaround time usually of two weeks.

11)  NOTE: As of August 1, 2009 the only project book and Eagle Application you can use is the 2009/2010 version. Any other application will have to be sent to National for there approval and that can take months. (Application and project book can be downloaded from our website www.gswcbsa.org)

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 Barbara at 505-345-8603 ext. 110.

*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.    

 

 

 

The following links provide some useful links to Eagle Scout Resources:

 

 

Selecting Leadership Service Projects
Eagle Scout Leadership Service Project Manual
Eagle Scout Application

 

National Eagle Scout Association

 

The National Eagle Scout Association was created in 1972 with the express purpose of bringing together Eagle Scouts of all ages so that they may be of greater service to themselves, their local councils, and their communities, thereby conserving and developing the human resources potential represented by those who hold Scouting's highest rank.

When you receive your Eagle badge, you will be eligible for membership in this elite association. You should give it serious consideration.

Applications are available from your local council service center, or may be downloaded from the NESA Web site.