WELCOME TO THE EAGLE BOARD!!
Here is some helpful information that you need to know about the Eagle Project Proposal process and the final Eagle Board of Review. The National Council instituted some MAJOR changes in the project proposal process taking effect 1/1/12. Please familiarize yourself with the new materials. Hope this helps! The Eagle Board and I look forward to working with each and every one of you!!
Yours in Scouting,
Ron Russo, Chairman
•SCOUTS WHO DO NOT FOLLOW THE GUIDELINES MAY NOT GET THEIR PROJECTS APPROVED AND/OR MAY NOT PASS THEIR FINAL EAGLE BOARDS OF REVIEW.
•A SCOUT WHO DOES NOT GET HIS PROJECT APPROVED OR DOES NOT PASS HIS FINAL EAGLE BOARD OF REVIEW THE FIRST TIME THROUGH, MAY BE ASKED TO COME BACK AT A LATER DATE FOR A SECOND CHANCE.
• WE MAINTAIN HIGH STANDARDS TO CONTINUALLY UPHOLD THE IDEALS OF SCOUTING AND THE EAGLE RANK.
•THANK YOU FOR YOUR COOPERATION AND UNDERSTANDING IN THESE MATTERS.
1) To arrange for a review of a proposed Eagle project, an appointment must be made with the Eagle Board. The scout should call Mr. Russo at 893-2110, at least two weeks prior, for an appointment. Do not show up to THE board without an appointment. The Board of Review meets at Triumphant Cross Lutheran Church, 171 Zion Hill Road (off Shadow Lake Road), Salem, NH on the first Wednesday of each month from 7 – 9 pm. Only call him when you are ready…you should already have your troop’s permission and the permission of the people you want to do the project for!
2) Use mapquest.com to obtain directions to the church.
3) Scouts presenting themselves for project reviews or final boards of review should come dressed in full uniform including scout pants, shirt, SCOUT BELT (OR OTHER LEATHER BELT) SHOES, and SOCKS. Please check the uniform guidelines for what is acceptable on a Scout uniform.
4) A unit leader must accompany candidates to an Eagle Board of Review and project reviews. That unit leader cannot be the candidate’s parent. The unit leader will accompany and introduce the Scout and is silent during the entire process unless asked to speak by the Board.
5) As of 1/1/12, all Eagle candidates must use the online version (fill-in PDF version) of the Project Proposal Packet for their project proposals and final project write-ups!! (http://www.scouting.org/filestore/pdf/512-927_fillable.pdf) Any older versions are unacceptable.
6) Scouts who had projects approved prior to 1/1/12 will be allowed to continue to use the previous version of the workbook packet. However, if your approved project falls through, and you need to get another one approved, you must use the new version.
PART ONE: Project Reviews
The Life to Eagle Packet must be filled out with all signatures prior to the start of a project review. PLEASE BRING THREE (4) COPIES OF YOUR PROPOSAL WITH YOU. Follow the directions/procedures exactly in the workbook.
PLEASE REVIEW THESE TWO ITEMS:
# 1: THE BSA’S POLICY ON SAFETY AND POWER TOOL USE FOR YOUR PROJECT:
“Use of Power Tools by Youth Under Age 18”
The position of the Boy Scouts of America is clear on the point that power tools may be used by youth under 18. Such usage, however, may only be done under the guidelines provided by the Guide to Safe Scouting. The relevant GSS guidelines are in Section IX, Sports and Activities, under the subheading, “The Sweet 16 of BSA Safety.” That list of 16 items covers topics such as qualified supervision, safe work area, equipment selection and maintenance, personal safety equipment, common sense safety procedures, and skill level limits. It is through the diligent application of these guidelines that safe usage of power equipment may be ensured.
àYOUTH MAY NEVER USE CHAINSAWS OR LOGSPLITTERS
àNATIONAL SAYS YOUTH MUST FOLLOW GUIDELINES AS STATED IN THE MANUALS THAT CAME WITH THE POWER TOOLS
àCOMMON SENSE IS ALWAYS THE RULE
àIF UNSURE, GO STRICTER THAN GUIDELINES
# 2: FUNDRAISING:
Carefully review the guidelines in the NEW packet. This is your responsibility. Eagle Project Fundraising Applications are now required. This must be present at your project proposal appointment.
àRemember…As the project gets underway, any major changes to the project need to be approved by Mr. Russo. Contact him for clarification on any substantive changes.
PART TWO: Final Eagle Board Of Review
1) Appointments for final boards of review are made only after a verified application is received from the council service center. Fully completed Eagle Scout Applications (only use most current version) must be received by the service center prior to the Scout’s 18th birthday. Send (or hand deliver) to Council only the two-sided Eagle application and the write-up for requirement 6 (life ambitions); do not send (or hand deliver) the project write-up to Council.
2) After Council has verified all your information on the Eagle Application, they will forward it to Mr. Russo. (DO NOT CALL HIM, HE WILL CALL YOU!) He will then call you to set up an appointment for your final Eagle Board of Review. Bring the original project write up booklet plus fOUR (4) copies of the project write-up (ONE FOR EACH MEMBER OF THE COMMITTEE); you will use the original during the final review. Pictures of each step of the project are highly recommended. You can bring one set of pictures; we can share! Make sure your project write up for your Eagle Board is neatly presented and is demonstrative that time, energy, care and efficiency went into it. Make sure the “Eagle Scout Service Project Report” Sheet is filled in and brought to your final Eagle Board of Review. PLEASE MAKE SURE YOUR WRITE-UP HAS BEEN APPROVED BY YOUR SCOUTMASTER. Again---you MUST use the online version for your final write-up.
1. You must use the online fill-in PDF version of the packet for your final write-up. All troops have been notified of this at re-chartering/Round Table. Refer questions to your troop leadership.
2. The new Life to Eagle Project packet is available here:
3. You must be able to show the following about your project:
-Carrying Out the Project (this is your story about how the project unfolded)
-Assisted By (listing of all individuals who assisted, hours, etc)
-Changes (any changes to the original project plan)
-Materials (list of all materials, quantities and costs with complete financial details
-receipts, donations, purchased materials, fundraising details)
-Time Spent (a breakdown of how much time was spent by other individuals working
on the project; separate your planning time, your leadership time, actual project time)
-Extra Money (what was done with any remaining money, with proof)
4. In addition, the project write-up needs to include:
-Signatures of completion by the candidate and the Scoutmaster/Advisor
-Evidence of how the project was funded
-Evidence of project completion in the view of the receiving organization (signature
and/or letter from receiving group’s leader)
-A completely filled in copy of the “Eagle Scout Service Project Report” Sheet (sent to
you by Council with your Life to Eagle packet; also available online)
-If there was extra money, proof of where the money went
5. Your troop leadership (Scoutmaster, Advancement Chairman, Eagle Advisor) is your primary source for information on the path from Life to Eagle--use them! That is what they are there for.