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The Path to Eagle

  1. 1. Troop 697
  2. 2.  This presentation is for Eagle Scout candidates and their parents  Inform you of the requirements to reach the Eagle Scout rank  National, District and Troop requirements  We want Scouts to understand everything that will be required of them 2Scoutmaster Joel--2014
  3. 3.  Who is eligible to be an Eagle Scout?  The path to Eagle  Eagle projects 3Scoutmaster Joel--2014
  4. 4.  All Eagle requirements must be completed before the Scout’s 18th birthday!  These include:  All required merit badges  Eagle project  Eagle Board of Review  The single greatest reason for Scout’s not reaching Eagle is they run out of time… 5Scoutmaster Joel--2014
  5. 5.  An Eagle Scout must complete 21 merit badges, of which 12 are required:  The 12 required merit badges are: Camping; Citizenship in the Community; Citizenship in the Nation; Citizenship in the World; Communications; Emergency Preparedness or Lifesaving; Environmental Science; First Aid; Cycling or Hiking or Swimming; Personal Management; Personal Fitness; Family Life.  Merit badges are not always correctly logged with the Council – keep your blue cards! 6Scoutmaster Joel--2014
  6. 6.  Life Scouts are required to have ???? months in a leadership position  Examples: SPL, ASPL, Patrol Leader, Quartermaster  The Troop Committee is required to review the Scout’s performance in this position – they must actually do the job to get the credit! 7Scoutmaster Joel--2014
  7. 7.  Scout must be a Life Scout in good standing  All rank advancements are scrutinized carefully by the Utah National Parks Council 8Scoutmaster Joel--2014
  8. 8.  The Scoutmaster and the Troop Committee are required to evaluate whether the Scout exhibits Scout Spirit  Scouts are expected to live up to the Scout Oath and Law  Scouts are sometimes rejected because they did not meet the requirements for Scout Spirit 9Scoutmaster Joel--2014
  9. 9.  Troop 697 requires that its Eagle candidates participate in the life of the Troop  Examples – Meetings, Camp-outs, Fund Raisers  Candidates who have been inactive in Scouting for an extended period will be expected to demonstrate their commitment to the Troop  Candidates will be evaluated on a case-by-case basis 10Scoutmaster Joel--2014
  10. 10.  Complete all requirements for Eagle Scout (merit badges, Scout Spirit, leadership, participation, etc.)  It is not absolutely necessary to complete all merit badges before starting an Eagle project, but it is strongly recommended 12Scoutmaster Joel--2014
  11. 11.  Have a conference with the Scoutmaster, and tell him of your interest in becoming an Eagle  The Scoutmaster and the Scout will discuss the Scout’s idea for an Eagle project  The Scout must receive formal approval from the Scoutmaster to proceed on the path to Eagle  The project may be rejected by the Timpanogos District, or forms may be sent back for more work  The Scout may be rejected for reasons of Scout Spirit, or the Scout may be required to demonstrate Spirit or Participation 13Scoutmaster Joel--2014
  12. 12.  Once the project is approved by the Scoutmaster, the Troop Eagle Coordinator will request the candidate’s advancement record from the Council  The Troop Eagle Coordinator will review the Scout’s records  The Troop Eagle Coordinator and the Scout will create a plan for resolving any missing requirements or discrepancies 14Scoutmaster Joel--2014
  13. 13.  The Scout must present the Eagle project to the Troop Eagle Coordinator  The Troop Eagle Coordinator will work with the scout to ensure that the project is properly conceived, planned and proposed  The Eagle Coordinator must approve the Scout’s request to proceed on the path to Eagle  The project may be rejected, or sent back for more work  The project must be approved by the Troop Eagle Coordinator 15Scoutmaster Joel--2014
  14. 14.  And then a miracle happens… 16Scoutmaster Joel--2014
  15. 15.  The candidate must present the completed Eagle Project Proposal (Workbook) to both the Troop Eagle Coordinator and to the Timpanogos District  The project must be approved, in writing, by the Benefactor, the Eagle Coordinator and by the Timpanogos District prior to any work actually being done on the project!!! 17Scoutmaster Joel--2014
  16. 16.  An application for the rank of Eagle is signed by the Scoutmaster and the Troop Committee Chairperson, and reviewed by the Troop Eagle Coordinator 18Scoutmaster Joel--2014
  17. 17.  The candidate requests five written references  The Eagle Coordinator receives sealed references from each of the people named  The candidate is not involved in this procedure, and in no case is allowed to handle the letters of reference  The completed Eagle Rank application and the letters of reference are forwarded to the Council Service Center for certification 19Scoutmaster Joel--2014
  18. 18.  Is scheduled and organized by the Timpanogos District  Takes place after the Eagle project is approved, and the signed application and letters of recommendation have been received  The Board of Review is composed of at least 3 members selected by the Timpanogos District  The Scoutmaster and relatives of the Scout may not participate, although the Scoutmaster may be present 20Scoutmaster Joel--2014
  19. 19.  The application, reference letters and advancement report form are returned to the Utah National Parks Council Service Center  The Council then forwards the application to the national Eagle Scout Service  The National Eagle Scout Service screens the application for accuracy.  The National Eagle Scout Service must approve the candidate’s application before the Eagle rank can be awarded 21Scoutmaster Joel--2014
  20. 20.  All requirements except the Board of Review and the review by the National Eagle Scout Service must be completed prior to the candidate’s 18th birthday  The Troop Committee and District will not view a candidate’s failure to plan properly as an emergency on their part! 22Scoutmaster Joel--2014
  21. 21.  Beneficiary – The person or group who will benefit from the project. If a group is the beneficiary, they must designate a representative to approve the project  Project Advisor – the mentor to the Scout during the project. This is not the Scoutmaster.  The Scout! 24Scoutmaster Joel--2014
  22. 22.  After the candidate receives permission to proceed from the Eagle Coordinator, the next step is to prepare a project proposal. The BSA Eagle Project Workbook must be used.  The candidate should meet with the beneficiary to discuss the requirements of the project (1st meeting)  The project proposal should identify clear, objective criteria that can be used to determine if the project is complete  The project must not be a “maintenance” activity that the beneficiary would normally perform itself. The project must not be of a recurring nature, such as painting house numbers on curbs, mowing lawns, trimming trees, picking up litter, etc. 25Scoutmaster Joel--2014
  23. 23.  Overall description of the completed project. This description must emphasize the Scout’s LEADERSHIP. The Scout leads the project, his helpers/workers perform the project. This must be clearly communicated in the project description.  Schedule (including a minimum of ~80 to 100 hours, including planning hours)  High level list of all tasks. This should include skills and required resources (materials, tools and personnel)  If any construction will occur, the project plan should include drawings  Budget – what money will be required and where it will come from 26Scoutmaster Joel--2014
  24. 24.  The candidate will be required to create and maintain a Project Workbook. The Workbook is available in pdf and Word formats on-line at  The workbook will include all elements of the project plan, which will be kept up-to-date  The workbook will include a section for keeping all project correspondence (e-mail, letters, etc.) 27Scoutmaster Joel--2014
  25. 25.  The workbook will include a section for finance, which will contain all receipts, as well as records from all fund raising  The workbook will contain a project chronology. This will be a record of each project activity, including the names of the participants, how long they worked, and what was accomplished. It should include a photographic record of the project  The project workbook should be reviewed with the Eagle Coordinator on a regular basis 28Scoutmaster Joel--2014
  26. 26.  At least two adult leaders must be present during all project work activities. Exceptions may be made if reasonable and necessary (picking up/dropping off, etc)  It is the joint responsibility of the adult leadership and the Scout candidate to maintain a safe working environment 29Scoutmaster Joel--2014
  27. 27.  It is the responsibility of the candidate to obtain all materials and tools required for the completion of the project  The candidate may be assisted but the Scout is expected to have primary responsibility 30Scoutmaster Joel--2014
  28. 28.  The Scout is expected to supervise all work performed on the project. The Scout is expected to be the leader, not another worker  The Scout is expected to make work assignments for all participants, and to verify that the assignments are correctly completed  Adult leaders may make suggestions, but the Scout is expected to be in control of the work-site 31Scoutmaster Joel--2014
  29. 29.  The Troop Eagle Coordinator will either approve, reject or send the project back for more work  The Troop Eagle Coordinator will reject the project if he feels that the candidate did not sufficiently meet the terms of original proposal  It is recognized that projects will evolve over their duration. This will be taken into account 32Scoutmaster Joel--2014
  30. 30.  Once the project has been approved by the Troop Eagle Coordinator, he will present the completed Eagle Project Work Book and all forms/applications to the Timpanogos District Advancement Committee representative  The Timpanogos District will either approve, reject or send the project back for more work 33Scoutmaster Joel--2014