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New Eagle Workbook & Changes (2012)

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An Overview of the new Eagle Scout Workbook and the important changes from 2011.

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New Eagle Workbook & Changes (2012)

  1. 1. The Trail from Life to Eagle Dan Beard Council
  2. 2. Page * Requirements 1. Six months active service 2. Scout spirit 3. 21 merit badges 4. Leadership 5. Service project 6. Scoutmaster conference 7. Board of review
  3. 3. Changes in the Trail • Two recent publications have caused the biggest changes in over twenty years • As of January 1, 2012, must be using new requirements unless all approvals were obtained by December 31, 2011 Page *
  4. 4. New Publications • Guide to Advancement 2011 • http://scouting.org/filestore/pdf/33088.pdf • Eagle Scout Project Planning Workbook • http://scouting.org/filestore/pdf/512-927_fillable.pdf Page *
  5. 5. New Project Requirement • “Proposal must be approved…before you start.” • Project workbook broken into three phases: • Proposal • Detailed planning • Final report Page *
  6. 6. Page * Sources of Ideas • Scoutmaster • Troop Committee • Newspaper • Local parks • Churches • Schools • Community leaders The best projects are the ones in which the scouts have a personal interest
  7. 7. Page * What Can I Do? Examples of recent Eagle construction projects: • Shelves and space organizers • Benches, work tables • Mailboxes • Shelters • Bulletin boards • Drywall and painting • Bird/bat houses • Ponds and wildlife observation environments • Steps – wood, stone • Drainage, retaining walls • Steps on a trail or building • Water bars on a trail • ADA-compliant entrance ramps • Bridges and handrails • Erosion control • Concrete, paver and stone work • Patios and paths • Fencing and handrails • Fire ring/prayer circle • Hiking and nature trails • Landscaping – removal, renovation • Garden and raised beds • Sprinkler systems • Compost bins • Mulching and weed barriers • Signage and marking for trails, plants, trees • Props for plays • Playground equipment – assembly and refurbishing • Historical building restoration
  8. 8. Page * What can I do? Examples of non-construction projects: • Computer reclamation and training • Blanket, shoe or eyeglass collection • Toy or book collection • Toy or book library for a school or church • Books on tape for children’s hospital • Education cards for third-world country clinic
  9. 9. Page * What Can’t I Do? • Routine labor • Project for BSA, a business or an individual • Fund raiser • Group project (shared leadership with another Eagle candidate)
  10. 10. Completing the Proposal • New workbook has sections for all required information • Workbook is available at scouting.org • Fillable pdf • Must use official workbook • No changes • No additions • No deletions Page *
  11. 11. Proposal • Description • What will you do? • Who will benefit? • Leadership • Crew size? • Source? • Difficulties? • Materials, Supplies, Tools • Cost estimate • Project phases • Logistics • Safety • Further planning Page *
  12. 12. Approval of Proposal • Organization • Unit leader • Committee • District – must be after the other three Page *
  13. 13. Detailed Project Plans • Prepared after the approval of the proposal • No additional approval until Board of Review • Unit is encouraged to assign a project coach • Registered with BSA in any position • Youth Protection trained Page *
  14. 14. Fund Raising • Project may not be a fundraiser • Funds may be raised to pay for project • Beneficiary, candidate and family or unit (including parents & chartered organization) may contribute to project • Other sources require a fund raising application • Requires Council approval – can take at least two weeks Page *
  15. 15. Project Report • Prepared after conducting project • Be prepared to discuss at board of review • Project is evaluated on impact • Extent of benefit to the religious institution, school or community, and on the leadership provided by the candidate Page *
  16. 16. New Eagle Service Project Workbook • Use only the fillable pdf form – note: fillable spaces are fixed, make sure the entry fits the space • Fillable pdf available at: http://www.scouting.org/filestore/pdf/512-927_fillable.pdf • Major sections: • Contacts (p 6) • Project Proposal (pp 7-10) • Final Plan (pp 11-16) • Fundraising Application (pp 17-18) – required only if the project is not self-funded • Project Report (pp 19-20)
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  18. 18. Project Proposal (pp 7-10) • The proposal must show that: • The project provides sufficient opportunity to meet the Eagle Scout service project requirement • It appears to be feasible • Safety issues will be addressed • Action steps for further detailed planning are included • The candidate is on the right track with a reasonable chance of a positive experience • Be concise but complete – space is limited, text does not wrap, font size shrinks • Items not applicable should be marked “not applicable” • Project must not start until all signatures are obtained
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  21. 21. Final Plan (pp 11-16) • To be completed after the project is approved (p 10) • Although no one approves this plan, it is important in demonstrating that detail planning took place before execution • Scouts and units are strongly encouraged to utilize Eagle coaches – any unit, district, or council person with knowledge of the Eagle process and willing to help the Scout think through the project and plan it • Use of a coach can help prevent problems and improve your chance of passing the board of review
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  26. 26. Fundraising Application (pp 17-18) • Not required if the project is funded entirely by the beneficiary, the Scout, his parents and relatives, his unit or chartered organization, or parents and members of the unit • Any other source of funding requires this application to be filled out and submitted to the Council service center for approval – see p 18 for details
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  28. 28. Project Report (pp 19-20) • Final report on completion of the project • All sections are to be completed • Requires signatures from the candidate, beneficiary and unit leader • If materials or other items were not required, mark the space “not applicable”
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  31. 31. Common Misperceptions • Minimum hours – show leadership • Lasting value • Registered non-profit organization – profit who serves the community • Guide to Safe Scouting – BSA national • Tour Permits Page *
  32. 32. Page * Questions?

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