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Requirements Sources

There are four different sources for the Eagle Scout Service Project requirements:

  1. Boy Scout Handbook
  2. Boy Scout Requirements: Eagle Scout rank requirements Adobe Acrobat PDF
  3. Guide to Advancement
  4. Eagle Scout Service Project Workbook — Scouting.org

Boy Scout Requirements

The official source for the information shown in this is:
Boy Scout Requirements, 2018 Edition (BSA Supply SKU #641568)
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 must benefit an organization other than Boy Scouting.) A project proposal must be approved by the organization benefiting from the effort, your unit leader and unit committee, and the council or district before you start. You must use the Eagle Scout Service Project Workbook, BSA publication No. 512-927, in meeting this requirement. (To learn more about the Eagle Scout service project, see the Guide to Advancement, topics through
Boy Scout Requirements, p. 22

Guide to Advancement

The official source for the information shown in this article or section is:
Guide To Advancement, 2017 Edition (BSA Supply SKU #N/A)

The following sections in the 2017 Guide to Advancement provide guidance on each portion of the Eagle Scout service project: “While a Life Scout …” “Plan, Develop …” “Give Leadership to Others …” “Helpful to Any Religious Institution, Any School, or Your Community” “Benefit an Organization Other Than the Boy Scouts of America” “Proposal Must Be Approved … Before You Start” “Use the Eagle Scout Service Project Workbook


See the Sample Eagle Project Ideas (2009) Adobe Acrobat PDF for 100 ideas on one page.

From the Eagle Scout Leadership Service Project Workbook No. 512-927 (2009 Printing)

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.


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