Eagle Scout Service Projects

Eagle Scout Service Project Workbook 

Service to others is an important part of the Scout Oath- "...to help other people at all times." Each year tens of thousands of young men strive to achieve the coveted Eagle Scout rank by applying character, citizenship, and Scouting values in their daily lives. One of the rank requirements is to plan, develop, and give leadership to others in a service project helpful to any religious institution, school, or community. Through this requirement, Scouts practice what they have learned and gain valuable project management and leadership experience.
 

Using the Eagle Scout Service Project Workbook, the candidate must select his Eagle service project and have the project concept approved by his unit leader, his unit committee, and the benefactor of the project, and reviewed and approved by the council or district advancement committee. 


Typical Projects

There are thousands of possible Eagle Scout projects. Some involve building things, and others do not. There have been all kinds such as making birdhouses for an arboretum, conducting bicycle safety rodeos, constructing park picnic tables or benches, upgrading hiking trails, planting trees, conducting blood drives, and on and on. Other than the general limitations noted below, there are no specific requirements for project scope or for how many hours worked, and there is no requirement that a project have lasting value. What is most important is the impact or benefit the project will provide to an organization. In choosing a project, it is important to remember the Scout must lead the project, not a parent/guardian or leader. Visit our community service page for ideas of organizations who could benefit from an Eagle Scout project. 


Project Restrictions and Limitations

  • Fundraising is permitted only for facilitating a project. Efforts that primarily collect money, even for worthy charities, are not permitted. 
     
  • Routine labor, like a service a Scout may provide as part of his daily life such as mowing or weeding a church lawn, is not normally appropriate. However, if a project scale and impact are sufficient to require planning and leadership, then it may be considered. 
     
  • Projects are not to be of a commercial nature or for a business, though some aspects of a business operation provided as a service, such as a community park, may qualify.
     
  • The Scout is not responsible for any maintenance of a project once it is completed. 

Permits, Permissions and Authorizations

  • If the project requires building permits, etc., the Scouts needs to identify these in the planning process by speaking with the project beneficiary. However, the organization is responsible for all permitting. This is not a duty for the Scout. 
     
  • The project beneficiary must sign any contract. 
     
  • If digging is involved, the project beneficiary is responsible for locating, marking and protecting underground utilities as necessary. 

Funding the Project

Eagle service projects often require fundraising. Donations of any money, materials, or services must be preapproved by the BSA unless provided by the project beneficiary; by the Scout, his parents, or relatives; or by his troop or its chartered organization. The Scout must make it clear to donors or fundraising event participants that the money is being raised on the project beneficiary's behalf, and that the beneficiary will retain any leftover funds. If receipts are needed, the project beneficiary must provide them. If the organization is not allowed to retain leftover funds, another charity should be designated to receive them or be turned over to the Scout's troop. 


Supervision

To meet the requirement to "give leadership to others," the Scout must be given every opportunity to suceed independentely without direct supervision. The Scout's troop must provide adults to assist or keep an eye on things, and the project beneficiary should also have someone available. The Scout, however, must provide the leadership necessary for project completion without adult interference


Safety

Through the proposal and planning process, the Scout will identify potential hazards and risks and outline strategies to prevent and handle injuries or emergencies. Scouts as minors, however, cannot be held responsible for safety. Adults must accept this responsibility. Property owners, for example, are responsible for issues and hazards related to their property or employees and any other individuals or circumstances they would normally be responsible for controlling. 

 

 



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