TRAIL TO EAGLE
Life Scouts and their parents should take the time to thoroughly read the Eagle Scout Rank requirements as detailed in the Boy Scout Handbook, the
current versions of the Eagle Scout Service Project Workbook and the Eagle Scout Rank Application, as well as the Eagle Scout Rank section of the
current Guide To Advancement.
A few notes in regards to Eagle Scout Service Projects
- The Eagle Scout Service Project Workbook can be found at http://www.scouting.org/BoyScouts/AdvancementandAwards/resources.aspx. Only
use the current version found on this site.
- Scouts may begin planning project as soon as they complete their Life Board of Review. They do not have to have completed any other Eagle
requirements before planning the project. However your project must be approved by the District Eagle Coordinator before beginning work.
- Discuss your project ideas with your Scoutmaster and your Eagle Coach (assigned by your Scoutmaster) prior to completing the workbook.
- Pay attention to spelling and grammar when completing your proposal.
- Forward the Navigating the Eagle Scout Service Project pages of the workbook to your Project Beneficiary, either via e-mail or printing and
giving to them.
- Before printing your proposal, e-mail your draft to your Scoutmaster and Eagle Coach for review. They'll give you any suggestions or
- Once you get the OK from your Scoutmaster and Eagle Coach, print the proposal and obtain signatures from your project beneficiary, your
Scoutmaster, and Troop Committee Chair (or designee). Be sure to print the Eagle Scout Service Project Fundraising Application if required
for your project and to get signed as well.
- Scan your signed proposal and e-mail a copy to the Powder Mill District Eagle Coordinator Mr. Andy Sensing. Inform him that you're submitting
your proposal for approval and will be turning the hard copy in to the council registrar at the Wilmington Scout Shop. Mr. Sensing will likely
provide e-mail approval after which you may begin working on your project. You should print this approval. The council registrar will contact
you once Mr. Sensing has approved the hard copy, after which you should pick it up at the Scout Shop. Remember to turn in the Eagle Scout
Service Project Fundraising Application as well. The Fundraising Application is considered "approved" upon turning it in; you'll be contacted if
there are any issues.
- While it's not required, Scouts are expected to complete the "Final Plan" section of the workbook prior to beginning work.
- Keep track of your time spent planning your project, including discussions, phone calls, research, and filling out the proposal. This should be
added to your actual work hours.
- To help recruit workers, make announcements, use the troop's Yahoo! Group, and create Facebook events for each of your workdays. Also
consider passing out fliers to your fellow Scouts with details on each work day. Consider providing refreshments to entice helpers.
- Use sign-in / sign-out sheets to track your helpers' hours. You'll need to turn this list in to the troop's Community Service chair to be recorded
in TroopMaster and on the national service hours website.
- As you work on your project, contact the Eagle Coach with any questions or issues.
- Once your project is completed to the satisfaction of your Project Beneficiary, complete the Eagle Scout Service Project Report and sign it.
Then obtain final approvals from your Project Beneficiary and Scoutmaster.
- Keep the completed workbook protected in a binder, preferably with sheet protectors, until you've completed all Eagle Rank requirements and
you're ready to turn in your Eagle Scout Rank application.
A few notes regarding completing the Eagle Scout Rank Application:
- The Eagle Scout Rank application can be found at http://www.scouting.org/BoyScouts/AdvancementandAwards/resources.aspx. Only use the
current version found on this site.
- Troop 70 provides an Eagle Letter of Recommendation Request that its Eagle Scout Candidates may present to the references listed on the
application requesting that letters of recommendation be sent to the Scoutmaster. It is suggested that this form letter be distributed to
references as early as the start of the project phase. All references are required, except Employer if not applicable. Letters should be sent to
the Scoutmaster via mail or e-mail. The Scout should never be given the letters.
- Be prepared and complete the statement of ambitions and life purpose and your listing of positions, honors, and awards (part of Requirement
#7) early on.
- The Scoutmaster Conference may be held prior to all requirements being completed. Have your Scoutmaster sign and date your Boy Scout
Handbook as you would for any rank.
- Obtain a copy of your Eagle Application Assistance report and your Individual History Report from the troop's advancement coordinator to
make sure you use the correct joining, advancement, and leadership dates.
- Once you've completed all requirements (except the Board of Review) complete the application. Be sure to use your complete name, including
your middle name. Once completed, print, sign and date it.
- Place the application, your Individual History Report, your statement of ambitions and life purpose and your listing of positions, honors, and
awards in your Eagle binder before the Eagle Scout Service Project Workbook.
- Meet with your Scoutmaster and then the Troop Committee Chair to obtain their signatures on the application.
- Turn the entire workbook in to the troop's Advancement Coordinator. The Advancement Coordinator will add the letters of recommendation
received by your Scoutmaster and add the troop's cover page. The Advancement Coordinator will make three copies of the entire binder and
turn in to the council registrar at the Wilmington Scout Shop where it will be validated.
- Once validated and recorded, the binder will be picked up by Powder Mill District Eagle Coordinator Mr. Andy Sensing. He will contact you to
schedule your Eagle Scout Board of Review. After scheduling, the Candidate should notify the Scoutmaster of the time and location of the
Board of Review.
- After the Board of Review, upon being notified that the Eagle credentials have been received from National at the Council Service Center, unit
leadership will pick-up the credentials and award items, work with the Eagle Scout's family to schedule and plan the Court of Honor program,
and request letters of commendation from local and national officials and veterans organizations.
A few notes regarding the Eagle Scout Board of Review:
A few notes regarding the Eagle Scout Court of Honor:
- Please allow up to six weeks for the Eagle credential to be received from National at the Council Service Center.
- Once received, the troop will contact the Eagle Scout and request that he discuss possible Eagle Scout Court of Honor dates with his family.
- Troop 70 Eagle Scout Courts of Honor are generally held on a weekend at Saints Peter and Paul Ukrainian Orthodox Church, however the
time, date, and location are ultimately up to the new Eagle Scout and his family.
- Upon confirming the time, date, and location, the troop will request letters of commendation from elected officials and veterans organizations.
- The new Eagle Scout should send out formal invitations to friends and family. Formal invitations do not need to be sent to troop members or
leaders, but they may be sent to former troop leaders and troop members that are no longer active with the troop. There are mailable
invitations for sale at either the Scout Shop or at www.scoutstuff.org. Include the date, time and location. The troop will create a public
Facebook event for the troop that the new Eagle Scout can share with friends and family.
- The new Eagle Scout must send invites to the Council Executive (Mr. Jason Pierce) and the District Executive (Craig Sims). Mail their
invitations to: Del-Mar-Va Council, Inc.; 100 W. 10th Street, Suite 915; Wilmington, DE 19801. Get these out as soon as possible.
- The new Eagle Scout is encouraged to also invite those who sat on the Eagle Scout Board of Review.
- The troop Eagle Scout Court of Honor coordinator will need an estimated headcount of family and friends a week prior to the event.
- The troop Eagle Scout Court of Honor coordinator will need to know of any variation to the traditional troop program or of any friends/relatives
who are Eagle Scouts that should play a role in the ceremony. If none, troop members and other Eagle Scouts will be used where possible
- The troop Eagle Scout Court of Honor coordinator will need to know if the new Eagle Scout has someone (including their title) to provide the
opening prayer, otherwise the troop Chaplain Aide will fill t his role.
- The troop Eagle Scout Court of Honor coordinator will need to know who the new Eagle Scout has asked to say "A Few Words on..." him. The
new Eagle Scout will need to prepare the "Eagle's Response", which is essentially his “thank you”s and words of wisdom and
encouragement for younger Scouts. He must also consider who he wants to give his Mentor pin to so that he can do so during the Response
- The troop will provide cake and punch for the reception.
- On the day of the Court, the new Eagle Scout should arrive early in complete uniform. His uniform should remain in "youth mode" until then.
He should wear his merit badge sash, neckerchief, etc., and make sure his parents wear something on which he can easily pin.
- The new Eagle Scout's parents are encouraged to set up a display of the Scout's memorabilia, patches, awards, and Scouting photos.
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