Life to Eagle Information
A step-by-step guide on how to get your Eagle Project approved and eventually obtain Eagle in Del-Mi District.
Eagle Project Approval Sequence:
- Develop project in conjunction with unit leadership and appropriate organization. Remember that it MUST be a not for profit organization and may not be for your Scout unit or for Scouting in general. It is the practice of the Del-Mi District that blood drives are not approved as an Eagle projects.
- Write preliminary plan in Eagle Scout Leadership Service Project Workbook (sometime referred to as the Life to Eagle Packet).
- Secure all unit level signatures in workbook prior to seeking district approval to begin your project. You MAY NOT begin your project until final approval is given.
- Contact Mr. Dave Bardos at 317-844-3223 or firstname.lastname@example.org to schedule time for district approval. Projects are approved by Mr. Bardos (or his designee) on the following days between 6:30 and 7 p.m. at Noblesville First United Methodist Church (2051 Monument Street Noblesville, IN). If needed, Mr. Bardos will inform you of any date, time or location changes.
- 1st Thursday of the month - Del-Mi Committee meeting
- 2nd Thursday of the month - Del-Mi Roundtable
- 3rd Thursday of the month - Del-Mi Eagle Boards of Review
5. Fundraising outside the Scout’s family, unit, chartered organization, or the project's benefiting organization? An Eagle Scout Service Project Fundraising Application (found in the Eagle Scout Service Project Workbook) is required. You must obtain approval from the project beneficiary and your unit leader, and then submit the fundraising application to one of the Del-Mi District's professional staff (a scanned copy sent via email is preferred) at least two weeks in advance of your fundraising efforts. You will be contacted if it cannot be approved or if adjustments must be made. Scouts must use the Eagle Scout Service Project Fundraising Application, not the Unit Money Earning Application.
When properly completed, the form is quickly reviewed, approved and returned to the Scout. However, one question that is confusing some Scouts is near the bottom of the page:
“If people or companies will be asked for donations of money, materials, supplies or tools*, how will this be done and who will do it?
*You must attach a list of prospective donor names and what they will be asked to donate. This is not required for an event like a car wash.”
This question is simply asking for a list of companies and people that the Scout is considering asking for donations, and what exactly they will be asking for from these sources. Again, the most important part of this application is simply that it must be filled out and approved before the Life Scout can begin fundraising or asking companies and people for donations.
Procedure for completing the process once your Eagle Scout Leadership Service Project is completed:
- Complete write-up in Life to Eagle Packet.
- Check all dates on the official Eagle Rank application (especially all merit badge and advancement dates).
- Complete a Scoutmaster conference.****All merit badge work, project approval and completion, and Scoutmaster conference MUST be completed prior to your 18th birthday***
- Ask references to complete and submit reference form to council service center.
- Place all appropriate materials (application, write-up, photographs, letters, flyers used in project, solicitation letters, merit badge cards, etc.) in an Eagle Scout folder. This can be a 3-ring binder, appropriately labeled and divided.
- Submit your folder to the Golden-Burke Scout Center in Indianapolis.
- Any delays longer than a month past the 18th birthday may require a letter of explanation.
- Once the dates and materials are checked for accuracy, the Scout Office will notify Mr. Bardos that your Eagle Packet has been approved and you are cleared for a Board of Review. He will contact you to set up a date and time for the review to take place.
- Boards of Review are set for the 3rd Thursday of the month and are held at Noblesville First United Methodist Church. An hour is generally allotted for the review although it may take longer. Times are 7pm, and possibly 8pm, depending on the number of boys to be reviewed.
- Boys are generally introduced by their Scoutmaster or designee. That person may remain in the review unless they are a parent of the Eagle candidate.
- Boys should present themselves in uniform and should bring their Boy Scout Handbook.
- A key component of all reviews will be evidence gleaned through the interview that the youth is living the Scout Oath and Law in his daily life.
- Excellent working knowledge of the oath, law, motto, slogan, symbolism and history of Scouting is essential.
- Following a successful review the application will be signed by members of the Board and all materials will be returned to the Scout Office for final processing through the National Office of the Boy Scouts of America. Your Scoutmaster will then be notified when final approval is granted.
In the event of an unsuccessful review the following will take place:
- The youth will be told specifically where he failed in his review. This will be done orally and in a follow-up letter to the boy and his parents. A second review may then be scheduled if the Board feels it is appropriate.
- If the Board determines that the nature of the failure is such that no additional review will be granted the youth may appeal that decision in writing to the District Advancement Committee. If that appeal fails, the youth may appeal in writing to the Council Advancement Committee. If that appeal fails the youth may appeal in writing to the National Advancement Committee. At any step along the way the youth may be granted another board of review.
- Extension beyond the 18th birthday for completion of requirements and the project are given in extraordinary circumstances but must be requested in writing prior to the 18th birthday and must be accompanied by fully documented evidence supporting the request. That request may be denied by the District Advancement Committee and may then be appealed in writing following to procedure outlined above in 4b.