Eagle Scout Leadership Service Project

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The official source for the information shown in this article or section is:
Boy Scout Requirements, 2014 Edition (BSA Supply No. 33216 - SKU# 619576)


Boy Scout Requirements, p. 17
5. While a Life Scout, plan, develop, and give leadership to others in a service project helpful to any religious institution, any school, or your community. (The project should benefit an organization other than Boy Scouting.) The project plan must be approved by the organization benefiting from the effort, your Scoutmaster and troop committee, and the council or district before you start. You must use the Eagle Scout Leadership Service Project Workbook, BSA Publication No. 18-927E, in meeting this requirement."


Boy Scout Requirements, pp. 20-21
While a Life Scout, a Scout must plan, develop, and give leadership to others in a service project to any religious institution, school, or community.

As a demonstration of leadership, the Scout must plan the work, organize the personnel needed, and direct the project to its completion.

The Eagle service project is an individual matter; therefore, two Eagle candidates may not receive credit for the same project.

Eagle Scout leadership service projects involving council property or other BSA activities are not acceptable for an Eagle service project. The service project also may not be performed for a business, be of a commercial nature, or be a fund-raiser.

Routine labor, or a job or service normally rendered, should not be considered. An Eagle service project should be of significant magnitude to be special and should represent the candidate's best possible effort.

The Scout must submit his proposed project plan and secure the prior approval of his unit leader, unit committee, and district or council advancement committee, and the organization benefiting from the effort, to make sure that it meets the stated standards for Eagle Scout leadership service projects before the project is started. This preapproval of the project does not mean that the board of review will accept the way the project was carried out.

Upon completion of the project, a detailed report must be submitted with the Scout's Eagle application to include the following information:

  • What was the project?
  • How did it benefit others?
  • Who from the group benefiting from the project gave guidance?
  • Who helped carry out the project?
  • What materials were used and how were they acquired?

Although the project plan must be approved before work is begun, the board of review must determine if the project was successfully carried out. Questions that must be answered are:

  • Did the candidate demonstrate leadership of others?
  • Did he indeed direct the project rather than do all of the work himself?
  • Was the project of real value to the religious institution, school, or community group?
  • Who from the group benefiting from the project may be contacted to verify the value of the project?
  • Did the project follow the plan, or were modifications needed to bring it to its completion?

All the work on the project must be done while the candidate is a Life Scout and before the candidate's 18th birthday.

The variety of projects performed throughout the nation by Scouts earning their Eagle Scout Award is staggering. Only those living in an area can determine the greatest value and need for that area. Determine, therefore, whether the project is big enough, appropriate, and worth doing. For ideas and opportunities, the Scout can consult people such as school administrators, religious leaders, local government department directors, or a United Way agency's personnel.

Advancement Policies

(Quoted from: Advancement Policies #33088, page 27-28)

"For a service project to qualify as an Eagle Scout service project, the Scout, while a Life Scout, must plan, develop, and give leadership to others in a service project benefiting any religious institution, school, or community. These projects, of course, must conform to the wishes and regulations of those for whom the project is undertaken."

"The Eagle Scout service project provides the opportunity for the Eagle Scout candidate to demonstrate the leadership skills he has learned in Scouting. He does the project outside the sphere of Scouting."

"As a demonstration of leadership, the Scout must plan the work, organize the personnel needed, and direct the project to its completion."

"Service to others is important. Work involving council property or other BSA activities is not acceptable for an Eagle Scout service project. The service project also may not be performed for a business, or be of a commercial nature, or be a fund-raiser."

"NOTE: Fundraising is permitted only for securing materials or supplies needed to carry out the project."

"Routine labor, a job or service normally rendered, should not be considered. There is no minimum number of hours that must be spent on carrying out the project. The amount of time spent must be sufficient for the Scout to clearly demonstrate leadership skills."

"The Eagle Scout Service Project Workbook, No. 18-927D, must be used to meet this requirement."

Updated in the 2008 Workbook 18-927E

"You must use this Eagle Scout Leadership Service Project Workbook (No. 18-927E or its online equivalent on the National Eagle Scout Association’s Web site, http://www.NESA.org) in meeting this requirement."


"NOTE: Fundraising is permitted only for securing materials or supplies needed to carry out the project."

"The Scout must secure the prior approval of his unit leader, his unit committee, and the benefactor of the project. The project must also be reviewed and approved by the district or council advancement committee or their designee to make sure that it meets the stated standards for Eagle Scout service projects before the project is started. This preapproval of the project does not mean that the board of review will approve the way the project was carried out."

"Upon completion of the project, the Eagle Scout Service Project Workbook, properly filled out, is submitted with the Scout's Eagle application to include the following information:"

  • What was the project?
  • How did it benefit others?
  • Who from the group benefiting from the project gave guidance?
  • Who helped carry out the project?
  • What materials were used and how were they acquired?

"Although the project idea must be approved before work is begun, the board of review must determine the manner in which the project was carried out. Questions that must be addressed include:"

  • Did the candidate demonstrate leadership of others?
  • Did he indeed direct the project rather than do all the work himself?
  • Was the project of real value to the religious institution, school, or community group?
  • Who from the group benefiting from the project may be contacted to verify the value of the project?
  • Did the project follow the approved plan or were modifications needed to bring it to its completion?

"All the work on the project must be done while the candidate is a Life Scout and before the candidate's 18th birthday, unless a time extension has been allowed (see the section titled "Time Extensions")."

"The Eagle Scout service project is an individual matter; therefore, two Eagle Scout candidates may not receive credit for working on the same project."

"The variety of service projects performed throughout the nation by Scouts earning their Eagle Award is staggering. For ideas and opportunities regarding service projects, the Scout can consult people such as school administrators, religious leaders, local government department directors, or a United Way agency's personnel."

"The district or council advancement committee also can be helpful by identifying possible projects."

Examples

From the Eagle Scout Leadership Service Project Workbook No. 18-927E

A look at some projects other Scouts have done for their Eagle Scout Award illustrates that your project can be to construct something or can be to render a service. Scouts have

  • Made trays to fasten to wheelchairs for veterans with disabilities at a Veterans Administration hospital.
  • Collected used books and distributed them to people in the community who wanted and needed, but could not afford, books.
  • Built a sturdy footbridge across a brook to make a safe shortcut for children between their homes and school.
  • Collected and repaired used toys and gave them to a home for children with disabilities.
  • Organized and operated a bicycle safety campaign. This involved a written safety test, equipment safety check, and a skills contest in a bike rodeo.
  • Surveyed the remains of an old Spanish mission and prepared an accurate map relating it to the present church.
  • Built a “tot lot” in a big city neighborhood and set up a schedule for Boy Scouts to help run it.
  • Set up a community study center for children who needed a place to do schoolwork.
  • Trained fellow students as audiovisual aides for their school. Arranged for more than 200 hours of audiovisual work.
  • Prepared plans for a footbridge on a trail in a national forest. Worked with rangers to learn the skills necessary to build the structure, gathered materials and tools, and then directed a Scout work group to do the construction.

Eagle Project Plan Checklist

The Eagle Project Plan Checklist compiles all 27 Eagle Scout Leadership Service Project requirements from the Advancement Policies and the Eagle Scout Service Project Workbook into a single reference.

History

Here is the history of changes to the Eagle Scout Service Project requirement.

  • Prior to 1952 – There was no Eagle Scout Service requirement.
  • 1952 – "Do your best to help in your home, school, church and community."
  • 1961 – "Do your best to help in your home, school, church or synagogue, and community."
  • 1965 – "3. While a Life Scout, plan, develop, and carry out a service project helpful to your church or synagogue, school, or community approved in advance by your Scoutmaster."
  • 1972 – "4. While a Life Scout, plan, develop, and carry out a service project helpful to your religious institution, school, or town. This project must be approved by your Scoutmaster and troop committee before you start."
  • 1994 – "5. While a Life Scout, plan, develop, and give leadership to others in a service project helpful to any religious institution, any school, or your community. The project idea must be approved by your Scoutmaster and troop committee and approved by the council or district before you start. You must use the Eagle Scout Service Project Workbook in meeting this requirement."
  • 1999 – "5. While a Life Scout, plan, develop, and give leadership to others in a service project helpful to any religious institution, any school, or your community. (The project should benefit an organization other than Boy Scouting.) The project plan must be approved by the organization benefiting from the effort, your Scoutmaster and troop committee, and the council or district before you start. You must use the Eagle Scout Leadership Service Project Workbook, BSA Publication No. 18-927, in meeting this requirement."
  • 2002 – "5. …You must use the Eagle Scout Leadership Service Project Workbook, BSA Publication No. 18-927B, in meeting this requirement."
  • 2003 – "5. …You must use the Eagle Scout Leadership Service Project Workbook, BSA Publication No. 18-927C, in meeting this requirement."
  • 2004 – "5. …You must use the Eagle Scout Leadership Service Project Workbook, BSA Publication No. 18-927D, in meeting this requirement."
  • 2008 – "5. …You must use the Eagle Scout Leadership Service Project Workbook, BSA Publication No. 18-927E, in meeting this requirement."

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