The Eagle Leadership Service Project Process
Before you even pick a project, you need to learn what the whole project process is about. Follow these steps to learn what you will need to do.
Outside References for Additional Information
In addition to the information on this web site, there are many other sources of useful information. Keep in mind that web sites maintained by other councils or districts may have outdated information, or describe specific procedures that differ from the procedures used in the Chester County Council. There are additional references on other pages of this web site.
Find a Project
Once you understand the entire process, you need to find a project. See the section on finding a project for ideas of sources, types of projects, and potential organizations you could do a project for.
Write Your Proposal
Once you have identified the right project for you, write the proposal in the proposal section of the workbook. This must be approved by the five people (including you) listed at the end of the Proposal section. You need to be prepared to convince these five people that you will be able to successfully Plan, Develop, and give Leadership to this project.
Prepare the Detailed Plan For Your Project
Once you have selected a project idea, written your proposal, and had it approved, you need to turn that idea into a detailed plan. For many Scouts, this is the most difficult part of the project, and for most, it is the part that is unlike anything they have done before. Follow the instructions in the workbook and in the planning section of this web site carefully. There is lots of helpful information available to you on this web site and in the Chester County Council Eagle Scout Handbook. They will lead you through the process step by step. Using one of the checklists described in the handbook may prove very helpful in this process. If you follow the instructions carefully, you will be ready to be successful with your project. You should work carefully with your troop's Eagle Project Coach through this process.
Carry Out Your Project
Once you have finished your plan, you are off to carry it out. While challenging, you have done service projects before and this is only different in that you are leading your peers rather than just doing the work. Be sure you are keeping the records you will need to complete the report. Again, the details of what you need to do are all described on this web site.
Finish the Paperwork
The Eagle Board of Review will have the responsibility of finally approving your project as carried out. In most cases, all they will know about your project is what you show them in your final report. Be sure it is complete and the very best you can do. The report should be in the workbook, with all parts filled out as detailed in the workbook and on this web site. This report should represent your best effort, at least on par with the kind of work you would present at school for a yearlong project and would expect an A+ grade on. Remember, this is a once-in-a-lifetime experience, and you need to demonstrate that you are ready to join the top 2% who are the ones that make it to the Eagle rank.
Request your reference letters and complete the remaining paperwork. The paperwork is all delivered to your Scoutmaster at the Scoutmaster Conference, who will submit the application to the Council office.
Once the application has been certified by the council office, your Scoutmaster will then deliver the certified application, Workbook, and reference letters to the chairman of your board of review. Only then can the Scoutmaster call the board chairman and schedule your Board of Review.
There are checklists and forms in the Handbook to help you through this paperwork process.
Board of Review
Once all of the paperwork has been delivered to the chair of your board of review, your board of review can be scheduled. Check with your Scoutmaster about how to get this scheduled.
Eagle Scout Leadership Service Project Time Line
Since projects vary so widely, it is difficult to give a typical time line. In any case you should anticipate about 6 to 12 months to plan and carry out your Eagle Project. This is especially important to consider if you are approaching, or already past, your 17th birthday. Many steps will depend on otherís schedules, such as when the next monthly Township Supervisorís or Parks and Recreation board meeting, your troopís next committee meeting, vacations of key people, or when you can next meet with the District Advancement Committee. Most steps also depend on what priority you give your Eagle project, and what other commitments you have. These are very rough time estimates. This overall schedule assumes that by the time the project is done, you have completed all the other requirements.
Seasonal requirements, very long project executions, governmental approvals, or other factors can significantly increase this time schedule.
Note that this total runs from 30 weeks (7 months) to 70 weeks (16 months). A few projects have been completed in less time, and some have taken much longer. Donít wait until you are 17Ĺ to start!
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Web site last updated 1/30/2015