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Trail to Eagle

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Traditionally, knowledgeable unit leaders often worked with Life Scouts as informal Eagle Mentors to encourage and advise Eagle candidates on their trail to Eagle. New Eagle advancement procedures encourage each Eagle candidate to work with a trained and approved Eagle Coach to support his Eagle Service Project. The Patriots’ Path Council Advancement Committee recommends that unit leaders review the attached Eagle Mentor Training material (powerpoint and pdf), as preparation for both the broader Eagle Mentor and project-focused Eagle Coach roles.

Community Service Reporting — Units are strongly encouraged to submit information about each Eagle Scout service project via the Community Service website. The Recognition of Service certificate printed after the data has been submitted should be provided to the candidate by the unit and submitted with the Eagle Scout Service Workbook.

Eagle Documents: Policy for submission.

Eagle Requirements: The 2014 Eagle Scout Application highlights the option of earning the new Sustainability Merit Badge as an alternative to Environmental Science. On the same date, Cooking became a required badge as well.

Guide to Advancement: In order to stay current with National’s continuing improvements to forms and documentation, we refer you to their authoritative website, especially for the Guide to Advancement, updated for 2015.

Our aim is to make pertinent forms and information available at this site for the Eagle Scout candidate.   Much of the content is related to the Eagle Scout service project.  We strongly encourage each Scout and his unit leaders to utilize this resource to better understand the process. Too often a candidate will wait too long to begin the process of developing and obtaining approval of a project proposal.   To increase the probability of successfully completing the service project requirement for the rank of Eagle Scout, we recommend that the Scout plan to have his project proposal approved at least 6 months before his 18th birthday. As we update the local processes, we will update the website. Please check back to the advancement committee pages on the council website.

The proposal must be approved before the Scout starts any fundraising or work on the project. If the Scout jumps the gun, typically he will be asked to select a different project.

Health and Safety Considerations — All Eagle Scout service projects constitute official Scouting activity and thus are subject to Boy Scouts of America policies and procedures. Projects are considered part of a unit’s program and are treated as such with regard to policies, procedures, and requirements regarding Youth Protection, two-deep leadership, etc. The health and safety of those working on Eagle projects must be integrated into project execution. See more information at right.

Timeline:

  • All requirements for the Eagle Scout rank, except the board of review, must be completed prior to the Scout’s 18th birthday.
  • The board of review must be conducted within 3 months after the Scout’s 18th birthday. Although reasonable efforts are made to accommodate a candidate’s schedule, he should be prepared to make himself available at times when the board can convene. Procedures for scheduling boards of review and checking references vary by district. The candidate should contact the district advancement committee for details or he has any questions.

Service Project Fundraising

An Eagle Scout Service Project Fundraising Application must be used by the candidate to obtain prior approval for fundraising or securing donations of materials, supplies or tools for his Eagle Scout service project. For more specific information about what is required, see the Eagle Scout Service Project Workbook for the “Procedures and Limitations on Eagle Scout Service Project Fundraising” and the Eagle Scout Service Project Fundraising Application form.

An application or approval is not necessary for contributions from the candidate, his parents or relatives, his unit or its chartered organization, parents or members of his unit, or the beneficiary. All donations left over, regardless of the source, must be given to the beneficiary.

All fundraising efforts, whether or not an application or approval is required, must be conducted in accordance with the standards specified in “Procedures and Limitations on Eagle Scout Service Project Fundraising”.

The Patriots’ Path Council has delegated the Council’s approval of applications that meet the standards specified by the Boy Scouts of America as follows:

  • If the candidate expects to raise contributions of moneys, materials, supplies or tools that in the aggregate will not exceed $2,500.00, approval is delegated to the candidate’s Unit Committee or Unit Committee Chair, according to Unit policy.
  • If the candidate expects to raise contributions of moneys, materials, supplies or tools that in the aggregate will not exceed $10,000.00, approval is delegated to the District Advancement Committee or District Advancement Committee Chair, according to District policy.
  • If the candidate expects to raise contributions of moneys, materials, supplies or tools that in the aggregate will exceed $10,000.00, approval of the Council Finance Committee or Council Finance Committee Chair is required.

If an Eagle Scout Service Project Fundraising Application is required, no solicitation of donations may occur until after the completed application is approved in writing by the beneficiary, the unit leader and the Council (as per the delegation of approval specified above).

The candidate’s approved Eagle Scout Service Project Fundraising Application is required to be submitted to the Council with the candidate’s completed Eagle Scout application and completed Eagle Scout Service Workbook prior to the scheduling of the candidate’s Eagle Scout board of review.