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   Form groups of two or three

   Write down as many words or phrases as you can
       that describe a good Eagle Service project

Module 2 – Characteristics of a Good Project
      Your Name Here

 Northern Star Council
Boy Scouts of America
   November 2, 2005
Along the Eagle Trail and throughout your life, the
rewards from earning the Eagle Scout Award will be
great. Fewer than 4 percent of all Scouts earn the Eagle
rank - a testament to its high standards.
                          The Boy Scout Handbook, 11th ed.
By the end of today’s session
 Understand the nature of an Eagle Scout
  Leadership Service Project
 Understand the role of the Eagle Project Coach
 Understand the process by which Eagle Leadership
  Service Projects are approved
 Be able to evaluate the appropriateness of projects
 EPC -   Eagle Project Coach
 SM -    Scoutmaster
 DAC     -     District Advancement
Your ideas
Your ideas (Eagle Expo)…
  Provide community service
  Leadership
  Well-planned and executed
  Flexibility (Contingencies considered – can
   make changes
  Stays true to scouting principles (Scout
  Well-written
  Written so that someone can execute
  Unique
Your ideas (Eagle Expo)…
 Challenging
 Something for others to enjoy in the future
 [Leaves] A legacy
 Fun!
 Scouts should walk away with a sense of
 An opportunity to learn
 [Asks a Scout to] Leave comfort zone
Your Ideas (U of S Session I)…
   Contribution to community
   Thoroughness
   Provides for large variety of Scouts, parents to participate
   Stretch – Scout learns something
   Leadership
   Positive reflection on BSA
   Opportunity to learning
   Anyone can take it over
   Fulfills a purpose
   Learning good project management skills
   Well-defined –
   Memorable
   Networking, mentorship, seeking input from others
   Test of the boy’s leadership skills
What is the purpose of the Eagle
Scout Leadership Service Project?
    Leadership
    Learning
    Appropriate challenge
    Community service
    Organization
    Acceptance of responsibility
    Planning
    Stretch
    Growth

                                    Module 2 – Characteristics of a Good Project
Key Learning
“As an adult, you may not remember the particular
  experience or challenge of any merit badge,…

   … but you will never forget your Eagle Leadership
   Service Project.”
                                               Adult Eagle Scout

Module 2 – Characteristics of a Good Project
Key Learning
We honor and help our Scouts when the Eagle Project
provides enough
                leadership challenge
                  growth potential
                   to stretch them.

Module 2 – Characteristics of a Good Project
The Eagle Project Coach
 The Eagle Leadership Service Project will be
  challenging. The Scout will need an adult to coach
  and encourage him through the process.

 The Scoutmaster (SM) appoints an Eagle Project
  Coach (EPC), who completes the Council’s Unit
  Eagle Coach Training.

    Module 3 – EPC Role
The Eagle Project Coach (EPC)…
 Is a role, not a position
 Is an adult –registered and preferably basic trained –
    associated with a unit
   Is often the Scoutmaster, but need not be
   Is not self-appointed
   Should not be the parent of the Eagle candidate
   Should complete Eagle Project Coach Training
   Is prepared to work with several Scouts

     Module 3 – EPC Role
The Responsibilities of the Eagle
Project Coach. . .
 Primary coach for the Scout throughout the
  Leadership Service project
 Ensures that the project meets BSA’s requirements
 Ensures that the project offers leadership and
  growth potential for the Scout
 Encourages the Scout to do thorough and careful

    Module 3 – EPC Role
The Eagle Project Coach must
believe that young men…
  want a challenge
  can meet and deal with it
  and can succeed!

   Module 3 – EPC Role
The Process
  Phase I - Project Concept Approval
  Phase II - Project Planning
  Phase III - Executing the Project Plan
    Eagle Project Process Check Sheet
    Eagle Project Planning Guide

      Module 4 – The Process
Tips for the EPC
 For a typical youth, the journey from a first
 conversation to a completed project may take
 from 12 to 24 months.

 A project with a strict deadline will be difficult
 to manage.

  Module 4 – The Process
Phase I - Concept Approval
 The Eagle Candidate chooses the Eagle Leadership
 Service Project and discusses his choice with the EPC.

   Module 4 – The Process
 Phase I - Project Concept Approval

                          EPC completes
                            training on
                           Eagle Scout
                          Project Process

   Scout discusses                          Yes    Concept            Yes                Go to
     project with                                  approved                              Phase
benefiting organization                           by District                              II
                             by EPC

                                    No                   No
                                                                Module 4 – The Process
 Cannot involve council property or any other BSA
  activity; the Boy Scouts cannot be the beneficiary
  in any way.
 Cannot be shared with any other Eagle candidate.
 Cannot be routine labor or service normally
 Cannot be performed for a business or an

    Module 4 – The Process
 Cannot be of commercial nature.
 Cannot be a fundraiser.
 Cannot be a solo project. The Eagle Candidate must
 lead a group of people, most of whom should be youth.
 Projects executed by the Eagle Candidate alone do not

    Module 4 – The Process
Criteria for an Eagle Scout
Leadership Service Project
 Significant contribution of benefit to the community
 Sufficient magnitude to be special and challenging
 Must require the Eagle Scout candidate to demonstrate
 significant leadership

    Module 4 – The Process
The Eagle candidate must…
 Complete the Project Description Form in the
  Eagle Service Project Workbook
 Describe
   What will be done and why
   Who will benefit and how
 DO NOT describe HOW you will accomplish the
 Obtain approval of benefiting organization and

   Module 4 – The Process
Eagle Project Coach’s Form
 The EPC will answer the following questions:
    What significant opportunity for growth (stretch) does
     this project offer the Scout?
    What significant opportunity for leadership does this
     project offer the Scout?
    Are there any special circumstances of which the
     District Advancement Committee (DAC) should be
     aware when evaluating the appropriateness of this

   Module 4 – The Process
Phase II - Project Planning

Scout plans project               Project plan          Project plan      Yes
                                                Yes                                  Go to
   and discusses                    approved            reviewed &                   Phase
project details with            by EPC, SM, and           approved                    III
    benefiting                   unit committee           by DAC
EPC coaches Scout
                                        No                      No

                                          EPC informs           DAC, EPC, and
                      Scout revises
                                            scout of       benefiting organization (if
                      project plan;
                                            needed             appropriate) agree
                      EPC coaches
                                           revisions          to needed revisions

       Module 4 – The Process
“Be Prepared”
 The plan describes how the project will be done
  and should be written with sufficient detail so that
  the plan can be given to another Scout to lead the
  project if you were absent.
 The project will be performed by a group of youth
  under your direction. Remember that the “doers”
  know less about the project than the scout.

    Module 4 – The Process
The Project Details
      Present Condition
      Method
      Materials
      Budget
      Project Helpers
      Schedule
      Safety Hazards
      Insure Safety
      Conclusion

  Module 4 – The Process
Scout Tests His Understanding
Describe the details of your plan to a friend or
relative, who is not familiar with your proposal. If
you cannot explain the plan to them, you are not
ready to proceed further. If your listener asks
questions that you cannot answer, you are not ready.

    Module 4 – The Process
Scout Tests His Understanding
 Review your written proposal with your EPC. Can
  another Scout use your written plan to execute
  your proposed project in your absence?
 Have you checked your spelling and grammar?
 Ask people to read your proposal critically and
  suggest improvements. Listen to their

    Module 4 – The Process
Tips for the EPC
  Keep previously approved plans to use as
  Set the expectation:
    Prepare the plan for approval
    Most often a fresh look can uncover an oversight

   Module 4 – The Process
Role of the District Advancement
  Quality Control
  Ensures that the project plan complies with the
   criteria and restrictions of an Eagle Leadership
   Service Project.
  Ensures that the plan is written with sufficient
   detail so that the plan can be given to another
   Scout to lead the project if the Eagle Candidate
   were absent.

   Module 4 – The Process
What if the District Advancement
Committee does not approve the

  After the improvement opportunities have been
   addressed, the Scout and EPC will meet with the
  Usually, only the improvement opportunities will
   be considered in subsequent reviews.

   Module 4 – The Process
Role of the EPC
 Attend meetings between the scout and the DAC
 Let the Scout do the presentation; keep quiet
 Take notes on comments and concerns of the DAC
 Review the requested changes with the DAC and
 the Scout; ensure that there is understanding and

   Module 4 – The Process
1.         An Eagle candidate proposes to build a set of raised gardening beds
           at a church-sponsored senior housing facility. The beds will permit
           tenants with restricted movement to participate in the facility’s
           gardening program. The program is limited currently to planting in
           containers, and the staff would like permanent structures allowing
           residents to plant while seated or standing.

           The Scout will design the beds, acquire funds, secure material,
           recruit workers and oversee construction and filling of the beds.

     Module 5 – Developing a good concept
2.         This Eagle candidate suffers from Crohn’s disease, a chronic
           inflammation of the intestine. The candidate proposes to organize,
           plan, and staff a 4-day camp for youth, between the ages of 8 and 15,
           with Crohn’s and similar diseases. This will be the first camping
           experience for many of the youth.

           The camp (named Camp Gotta-Go-Now) will be sponsored by the
           Minnesota-Dakota Chapter of the Crohn’s and Colitis Foundation of
           America. The foundation will be responsible for food and medical
           services at the camp. Similar camps have been held by other
           chapters, but this is the first for the Minnesota-Dakota’s Chapter.

     Module 5 – Developing a good concept
3.        This Eagle candidate has a family interested in trapping. His father
          regularly visits elementary school classrooms to share his collection
          of furs and skulls of Minnesota mammals.

          This Scout has talked to the Elementary Science Coordinator and
          proposes to assemble a kit with examples of skulls and furs of
          Minnesota mammals. The kit will be available to elementary
          school teachers throughout the district for science and
          environmental classes. He will also put together booklets with
          information about range, habitat, food, and other facts about the

          The project will include seeking donations of skulls and furs from
          trappers and taxidermists. In many cases the skulls will have to be
          cleaned and bleached; the furs will need to be stretched and

Module 5 – Developing a good concept
Examplescandidate’s church serves at Dorothy Day
 4. This Eagle
           8 times a year. The church has a standard menu and
           procedure for preparing and serving the meal.

           This scout proposes to recruit the volunteers and
           collect the funds for one month’s serving.

 Module 5 – Developing a good concept
Examples troop conducts an annual Spring Clean-
 5.This Eagle candidate’s
           up, during which patrols gather roadside trash.

           The Scout proposes to organize this year’s clean-up. The project
           is not approved by the District. It represented ordinary work.

           The Scout really wants to do this project. What can you, as the
           EPC, suggest as modifications or additions to make this
           proposal acceptable?

 Module 5 – Developing a good concept
Summary of Roles
 The Eagle Candidate is the process owner of the
  Eagle Leadership Service Project
 The Unit Eagle Coach guides, coaches, and
  encourages the Eagle Candidate through the
 The District Eagle Committee ensures that the
  project concept and plan comply with the criteria
  and restrictions of an Eagle Leadership Service
 Project and that the scope of the project concept is
 appropriate for the Scout.
Leaders are not born; they are made. And they are
made just like anything else, through hard work.
And that’s the price that you will have to pay to
achieve that goal, or any goal.
                                         Vince Lombardi

Leadership is a skill that you will never outgrow.

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