PATH TO EAGLE SCOUT

THE JOURNEY FROM LIFE SCOUT TO EAGLE SCOUT


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Dear Life Scout:

Congratulations on achieving your Life Scout rank, you are now ready to begin the journey

to Eagle Scout.

The rank of Eagle Scout is the highest rank in Scouts BSA. It represents years of active

participation in a scouting unit where the scout has worked to gain skills, earn merit badges

and developed as a leader through their fulfillment of the duties in positions of responsibility

within their unit. The Scout does not travel this trail to Eagle Scout alone. Their fellow Scouts,

family, unit leadership, district and Council volunteers all have a role in guiding them to the

attainment of the Eagle Rank.

The trail to Eagle starts well before the achievement of the Life Scout rank, it begins as the

Scout works to earn the rank of First Class. The scout, their parents/guardian and the adult

leadership of their unit should make themselves familiar with not only the requirements that

must be completed but also the time frames required to achieve the Eagle rank before the 18th

birthday. With rare exception, a scout should never “run out of time.”

The National Boy Scout office designates the process and forms and applications which must be

used to complete the rank of Eagle. The Guide to Advancement is the best reference for the

process of advancement. It clearly states, “No council, committee, district, unit, or individual has

the authority to add to, or subtract from, advancement requirements.” To avoid confusion, this

Life to Eagle Packet uses the same terminology as The Guide to Advancement when discussing

what is required versus desired or optional.

The Guide to Advancement states “This publication clearly identifies mandated procedures with

words such as “must” and “shall.” Where such language is used, no council, committee, district,

unit or individual has the authority to deviate from the procedures covered without written

permission of the National Advancement Committee. Recommended best practices are offered

using words like “should” while other options and guidelines are indicated with terms such as

“may” or “can.”

The most recent edition of the Eagle Scout Service Project Workbook and the Eagle Scout Rank

Application must be used by the Eagle candidate. The South Florida Council Eagle Scout

Reference letter form must be used.

This Life to Eagle Packet explains the process specific to South Florida Council, the intent is to

make the process clear to scouts, their parents/guardians, unit leadership and district and

Council volunteers.

The Eagle candidate will find that there are some steps, specific to their district, not included

here that they must research. These might include items such as day and location of the district

Eagle board meetings and the name and to whom and where to address to send Eagle

candidate references letters.

This Life to Eagle Packet covers the following topics:

 Trail to Eagle Timeline

 Special Transition Rules

 Documents and Forms you will need

 Fundraising for Eagle Scout Service Projects and Crowd‐funding

 How to obtain Eagle Scout Letters of Reference

 The South Florida Council Eagle scout letter of Reference form

 Completion and submission of the Eagle Scout Rank Application

 

The Trail to Eagle Timeline

 

One aspect of achieving the rank of Eagle that is often misunderstood is the timeline that must

be considered. While most Scouts and their parents/guardians are aware that the rank of Eagle

Scout rank must be completed before the age of 18 they are often unaware of the timeline

necessary for completing the ranks from First Class to Life.

To progress from the rank of First Class to Eagle the scout must complete a specified term in an

approved position of responsibility in their unit: four months from First Class to Star rank, and six

months from Star rank to Life, and six months from Life rank to Eagle. The scout must also

complete a specified number of Eagle required merit badges and a specified number of

approved community service hours to complete the Star, Life and Eagle ranks.

This means that a Scout must complete ranks within a strict time frame. To achieve the rank of

Eagle, the Scout must have:

 completed the rank of First class before the Scout is 16 years and 8 months old

 complete the rank of Star before the Scout is 17 years old

 complete the rank of Life before the Scout is 17 years 6 months old

 complete the rank of Eagle before the Scout’s 18th birthday (the Eagle Board of Review may be completed after the 18th birthday)

 

Because volunteers have busy schedules, the Scout must allow plenty of extra time for each of

these ranks to also complete the Scoutmaster/Unit Leader Conference and Board of Review by the required dates shown.

 

Please contact your District Advancement Team for further information. Their contact information is listed on the council website.

 

Special Transition Rules

On February 1, 2019 The Boy Scouts of America began admitting girls into Scouts BSA. The National Executive Committee of BSA has approved the following temporary transition rules regarding extensions for youth over 16 but not yet 18 years of age on February 1, 2019 to complete the requirements of Eagle Scout Rank. All Eagle requirements remain unchanged. Below are the special transition guidelines issued:

 

“Since the BSA has determined that the minimum period of elapsed time to complete the requirements of the Eagle Scout rank is approximately 19-20 months, the extension is not available to any youth who is under 16 years of age on February 1, 2019 (as they will have adequate time to earn their Eagle before turning 18) nor to any youth who has already turned 18 years of age on February 1, 2019 (as they will be ineligible to join Scouts BSA).

  1. Youth 16 years of age or older, but not yet 18, on February 1, 2019 who register as members of Scouts BSA on or before December 31, 2019, may request extensions to complete the Eagle Scout Award requirements after they turn 18 years of age.
  2. Requests for extensions must be received no later than thirty (30) days after turning 18 years of age. Extensions must be in writing by submitting the designated form to the National Service Center and the form must be received no later than January 7, 2020. Only the National Council may grant extensions. The actual extension will be based upon the individual’s registration date and age at the time of the request and will provide not more than twenty-four months from the date of initial registration to complete all requirements. 3. In the interest of fairness, these temporary transition rules apply to all youth joining Scouts BSA during 2019–both girls and first-time joining boys.“
  • Venturing – The Eagle Scout rank can be earned as a Venturer. The Scout must achieve the First Class rank in a traditional troop to continue the rest of the requirements in a Venturing crew. There are Venturing leadership positions that can be used to earn the Eagle rank. The Crew Advisor should be knowledgeable about the Eagle Scout requirements. 

 

Documents and Forms you will need

The Eagle candidate must use the up-to-date Eagle Project Workbook and Eagle Rank Application. Thoroughly reading the information on these forms along with the up-to-date Guide to Advancement and Guide to Safe Scouting will help ensure a successful proposal, planning and execution of the Eagle Service Project.

Eagle Scout Service Project Workbook, No 512-927   https://www.scouting.org/programs/scouts-bsa/advancement-and-awards/eagle-scout-workbook/

Important Note: When you download and start to fill out the project workbook make sure you save it to you computer by going to “save as” and giving it a name such as your name and Eagle Project workbook, for example “Greg’s Eagle Workbook.” This will ensure that your work is saved.

Eagle Scout Rank Application, No 512-728  https://filestore.scouting.org/filestore/pdf/512-728_WB_fillable.pdf

The easiest way to complete this application is to access it via the Scout’ personal Scoutbook account. See the Eagle Scout Rank Application later in this document

Guide to Advancement, No 33088  https://www.scouting.org/resources/guide-to-advancement/

Sections 8.0.3.0 address Boards of Review and Section 9 covers all aspects of the Eagle Rank.

Guide to Safe Scouting’s section of tool use https://filestore.scouting.org/filestore/healthsafety/pdf/680-028.pdf

 

Fundraising for Eagle Scout Service Projects and Crowdfunding

Fundraising is not a required aspect of the Eagle Scout Service Project, in fact many Eagle Scout

Service Projects require minimal sums of money to successfully plan, execute and complete.

If the Eagle Candidate finds that they need to raise funds for the Eagle Scout Service Project

there are several factors that the Scout and their parents/guardians should consider including:

 Amount of money needed to be raised

 Timeline for the fundraising

 Fundraising approach (i.e. car washes, bake sales, yard sales)

 National and local Council rules regarding fundraising

The South Florida Council allows Eagle Scout candidates to use crowd‐funding sites to raise

funds for the Eagle Scout Service project. This requires prior Council approval. When considering the use of crowd‐funding, the Scout and their parents/guardians should carefully consider the specific policies of the crowd‐funding site regarding:

 The percentage of funds that may be retained by the site

 Additional fees such as credit card, or site processing fees

 Dispersal of funds if the goal is not reached or if it is exceeded.

The specific policies vary widely between the various crowd‐funding sites and may change. Be

sure to read the fine print carefully.

For more information read the July 2014 article in Scouting Magazine:

(http://blog.scoutingmagazine.org/2014/07/21/crowd‐funding‐sites‐eagle‐project‐fundraising/)

and the most recent Guide to Advancement section 9.0.2.10 Fundraising Issues.

(https://www.scouting.org/resources/guide-to-advancement/eagle-scout-rank/)

The candidate must comply with all requirements for the Eagle Scout Project as stated in the

most recent Guide to Advancement and Eagle Scout Project Workbook. (Both documents are

available online.) The candidate may not start any fundraising, including crowd‐funding online, until their project has been approved by the District Eagle Board, and a fundraising application has subsequently been approved by the South Florida Council.

 

How to get Fundraising approved

An Eagle Scout Service Project Fundraising Application, which can be found in the Eagle Scout

Service Project Workbook must be submitted for any of the following situations:

 Fundraising activities conducted outside of the scouting unit or beneficiary institution

 Any fundraising activities expected to raise $ 1000 or more

All crowd‐funding accounts (any internet based fundraising)

Fundraising applications for activities expected to raise up to $1000 may be approved by the

District Advancement Chairman or their designee. Fundraising Activities expected to raise in excess of $1000 must be approved by the Council Director of Support Services, Cliff Freiwald ( )

All Fundraising via the Crowd‐funding approach (GoFundMe and other sites) must be approved

before any fundraising begins or starting an online account by the Council Director of Support Services,

Cliff Freiwald ()

“Fundraising started prior to receiving project approval and/or fundraising application approval

can have serious consequences including rejection of the project. (Guide to Advancement  9.0.2.7)

How to obtain Eagle Scout Letters of Reference

The Eagle Rank Application requires the Eagle Candidate to provide the names and contact

information of 5 (or 6 if currently employed) references. It is wise and courteous to ask these

individuals if they will be willing to write a reference before listing their name on the

application.

How to obtain reference Letters:

An Eagle Candidate Reference Letter form can be found in this packet.

  1. Complete the Eagle Candidates Name and information
  2. Address an envelope as shown below, allow the person writing your reference to put their own return address on the upper left corner. Make sure to put a postage stamp on the

envelope. Letters of reference should be mailed to the district Advancement Chair or designee

Note: Verify in advance if your district requires reference letters are to be returned to the

district Advancement Chair or Eagle Board Chair.

  1. Bring the form and envelope to each of the people who have agreed to write the letters

of references. Explain that they must return the letter by mail, not to the scout. (per Guide to Advancement section 9.0.1.7)

Per the Guide to Advancement “for reasons of privacy and confidentiality, electronic submissions are discouraged.”

Eagle Scout Letter of Reference- See below Link

Eagle Scout Letter of Reference.2020

 

The Draft Eagle Application – Once the Scout reaches the Life Rank and is starting to consider an Eagle Service Project, they should review a “Draft Copy” or “Unverified Copy” of their Eagle Application.

The easiest way for the Scout to obtain a draft Eagle Application is to log into their personal Scoutbook account.

Logging into http://scoutbook.com

Clicking on my dashboard

Clicking on Reports then clicking on Eagle application

 

Should a Scout not have a personal Scoutbook account, their unit Key 3 (Unit Leader, Unit Committee Chairman or Chartering Organization Representative) can log into Scoutbook and obtain a draft Eagle Application for the Scout. See steps below:

 

A unit key 3 member can login to Scoutbook and obtain a draft eagle application by:

Logging into http://scoutbook.com

Clicking on my dashboard

Clicking on the troop

Clicking on the troop roster

Clicking on the Scout

Clicking on Reports then clicking on Eagle application

 

Should the Unit Key 3 or Scout encounter problems obtaining the Draft Eagle application, a request for assistance may be sent to

 

The Scout should carefully review the eagle application for accuracy. All merit badges that have been recording on the national database should be listed. The Scout should review this listing, if the Scout believes there are merit badges missing, the Scout should bring the “blue card” or merit badge card to the Troop Advancement Chairman or Scoutmaster/Unit Leader and request assistance in getting the merit badge recorded on the national database.

 

Completing the Eagle Application

The Eagle Application must be completed, signatures of the Scoutmaster/Unit Leader and Troop Committee

Chairman obtained, and then “verified” by the South Florida Council prior to the final Eagle

Board of Review by the District Eagle Board. The Verified Eagle Application must be brought to

the Eagle Board by the Eagle candidate along with their Eagle Project Workbook and Letter of Life Goals and Ambitions.

Completing the Eagle Application – the Eagle Candidate must use only the most recent

version of the Eagle Scout Application. The easiest way to obtain the most recent version is for the Scout to log in to their personal Scoutbook account and go the “Report” section of their account. This is a fillable PDF that the Scout can complete and print out. Alternatively, a fillable PDF version can be found at  https://filestore.scouting.org/filestore/pdf/512-728_WB_fillable.pdf. It is also allowed to be completed by hand but care should be taken that the handwriting is readable.

Once the form has been filled out, the signatures of the Scoutmaster/Unit Leader and Unit

Committee Chairman must be obtained. The Applicant should also sign the application.

Obtaining the Verified Copy of the Application ‐ The Eagle Applicant should either bring the completed and signed Eagle Application to the Scout Florida Council and request that it be

verified by the Council Registrar OR scan and email to and

request that it be verified. The Council does not need to see the Eagle Project notebook to verify the Eagle Scout Application. The Verified Eagle Application will be returned via email to the

Applicant. Please do not fax the application; many faxed copies are not legible and cannot be processed.

The Eagle Applicant brings the Verified Eagle Application along with their Eagle Project Workbook and Statement of Life Goals and Ambitions to the District Eagle Board of Review. (Note, these materials may be requested by the District Eagle Board for review prior to the actual Eagle Board of Review. Check with your district in advance.)

Upon successful completion of the Eagle Board of Review the board members will sign the Eagle Application.

 

Submission of the Application – After successful completion of the Eagle Board of Review, it is the responsibility of the Eagle Applicant to submit the Eagle Application to the South Florida Council Office.

The South Florida Council will review the application and obtain the Scout Executive signature and then forward the Eagle Rank Application to the National BSA Office. It takes approximately 2 weeks for the Eagle credentials (Eagle Certificate, Eagle wallet card, Eagle Rank patch, Eagle kit, to be returned to our council.

The Eagle Scout will be called and notified that the Eagle credentials are in the office to pick up. Additional recognition items may be purchased in the Scout Shop with a copy of the Eagle Scout Certificate.

 

The information above is the responsibility of the Eagle Scout Applicant- and should be handled by the Eagle Scout Applicant. It is not the responsibility of the Adult Leadership in the Unit. All youth Eagle Applicant candidates should take ownership of their entire Eagle process, while still accepting the advice and mentoring from the adults working with them. If a Eagle candidate ever has a question or would like clarification if they are advised on anything contrary to the above then they may contact the Council Advancement Chairperson directly  

Life to Eagle Presentation, update Feb 2020

EXTENSION REQUESTS TO COMPLETE REQUIREMENTS AFTER TURNING 18

We cannot grant or deny time extensions. These are only offered through the National BSA Advancement Team after consideration of the Council Advancement Committee recommendations. See Guide to Advancement 11.2.0.0 “Request for Extension of Time to Earn Eagle Scout Rank.”

  • We always welcome back Scouts after inactivity. However, time-oriented requirements must still be met. Scouts reactivating too late to complete time-related requirements will not be granted extensions.
  • If a Scout foresees that, due to no fault or choice of his own, he will be unable to complete the Eagle Scout rank requirements before age 18, he may apply for a limited time extension. Remember, school, sports, or work do not qualify as a reason for extension.
  • Submitting completed paperwork to the council office after turning 18 does not need an extension.

NATIONAL EAGLE SCOUT ASSOCIATION/NESA MEMBERSHIPS

Visit the NESA website for NESA Eagle Scout membership and scholarship opportunities.

REPLACEMENT WALLET CARDS AND CERTIFICATES

Was your Eagle wallet card/certificate lost, destroyed, stolen, or eaten by the family dog? Have it replaced on the NESA website.

EAGLE SCOUT SCHOLARSHIP OPPORTUNITIES

NESA Hall/McElwain Merit Scholarship Application and other NESA Scholarship Information and Applications are available on the NESA website.

Glenn & Melinda Adams National Eagle Scout Service Project of the Year Award

CONTACT US

South Florida Council Eagle Advancement Assistance

305-364-0020 x 237

Connie Ryan

Council Advancement Chairperson

Cliff Freiwald

Director of Support Services

305-364-0020 x 213