TRAIL TO EAGLE
Life Scouts and their parents should take the time to thoroughly read the Eagle Scout Rank requirements as detailed in the Boy Scout Handbook, the
current versions of the Eagle Scout Service Project Workbook and the Eagle Scout Rank Application, as well as the Eagle Scout Rank section of the
current Guide To Advancement.
If you are a Life Scout preparing to undertake the steps to earn Eagle Scout rank or you are the parent of such a Scout, you are encouraged to
download, print and read all the information on this page. It documents each and every step of the process and should answer almost any question
you may have about the road ahead.
Be sure to read and understand every point of this listing; ask questions if you do not!
Process to Select, Carry Out and Document Eagle Scout Leadership Service Projects
- Remember that the Eagle Leadership Service Project is only one of several requirements that the Scout must satisfy in order to earn Eagle
Scout rank. Do not shortchange efforts to fulfill them. The merit badges earned, full term service in a Position of Responsibility and full term of
time active in the Troop requirements MUST BE satisfied prior to the candidate's eighteenth birthday.
- Upon earning Life rank, the Scout should receive a packet from Del Mar Va Council that contains the Eagle Application and the Eagle Scout
Leadership Service Project Workbook. The Eagle Scout Leadership Service Project Workbook can also be found at www.scouting.
org/scoutsource/BoyScouts/AdvancementandAwards/EagleWorkbookProcedures.aspx. Only use the current version found on this site. The
electric version is the preferred form of the workbook to use: it is far easier to edit and rewrite portions of a project as it evolves than to do it by
hand, plus it is more legible to read.
- Scouts may begin planning project as soon as they complete their Life rank Board of Review. They do not have to have completed any other
Eagle requirements before beginning to plan the project.
- Read and understand all of the requirements and sections of the Project Workbook prior to beginning to fill in sections of it. Pay particular
attention to the Fund Raising section if you intend to conduct fund raising events for your project.
- A rough rule of thumb for the Leadership Service Project is for the candidate to spend at least fifty (50) hours personally planning it, another
fifty (50) hours of personal labor in executing it and at least one hundred (100) hours of helper labor. These amounts vary according to the type
of project, of course.
- Discuss your project ideas with your Scoutmaster and your Eagle Coach (assigned by your Scoutmaster) prior to completing the workbook,
but by all means begin recording pertinent facts and plans in the workbook as soon as it becomes clear what your project will be.
- Pay attention to spelling and grammar when completing your proposal. Use complete sentences and incorporate the question being asked of
you into your remarks. Any reader should be able to figure out what you intend to do and why based solely on your responses without having to
read the requests which prompted them.
- Before printing your proposal, e-mail your draft to your Scoutmaster and Eagle Coach for review. They will give you any suggestions or
corrections. You should have satisfied their suggestions completely and received their "okay" before you send anything to the Project
- Forward the Navigating the Eagle Scout Service Project pages of the workbook to your Project Beneficiary, either via e-mail or printing and
giving them to that person or persons.
- Be neither surprised nor dismayed if you are asked to rewrite or upgrade your proposal several times before you are cleared by the
Scoutmaster to obtain signatures. Time spent now to refine and clarify your plan should pay off with execution of the project requiring no or
very little rework and, since this involves how the time your volunteers spend helping you, it contributes to your project being run well.
- Take "before" photographs of the area(s) in which your project will be carried out, if applicable. Include plans (including hand drawn plans)
and other relevant documents as well. Depending upon the format in which they are saved, photographs may be sized so large as to make
the electronic form of the workbook unable to be sent out via email. Saving or converting photographs to the .JPG or .JPEG format usually is
sufficient to communicate what problems are to be corrected. Seek help from a person experienced in converting digital photographs among
storage formats if you are not familiar with how this can be done. Much time can be lost attempting to work around an electronic version of the
workbook that has exploded in size because its photographs were saved in a format that uses large file sizes.
- Once you get approval from your Scoutmaster and Eagle Coach, print the proposal and obtain signatures from your project beneficiary, your
Scoutmaster, and Troop Committee Chair (or designee). Be sure to print the Eagle Scout Service Project Fund Raising Application if required
for your project and to get it signed as well.
- Scan your signed proposal and e-mail a copy to the Powder Mill District Eagle Coordinator Mr. Andy Sensing. Inform him that you're submitting
your proposal for approval and will be turning the hard copy in to the council registrar at the Wilmington Scout Shop. Mr. Sensing will likely
provide e-mail approval after which you may begin working on your project. You should print this approval. The council registrar will contact
you once Mr. Sensing has approved the hard copy, after which you should pick it up at the Scout Shop. Remember to turn in the Eagle Scout
Service Project Fund Raising Application as well. The Fund Raising Application is considered "approved" upon turning it in; you'll be contacted
if there are any issues.
- No work to carry out the proposed project may begin until the candidate has been notified that the District Eagle Coordinator has approved his
plan. Oftentimes this approval may be communicated via email, with the paper version being delivered to Council offices a few days later. This
paper version must be recovered because it will contain the District Eagle Coordinator's signature.
- While it is not required, Scouts are expected to complete the "Final Plan" section of the workbook prior to beginning work.
- Keep track of your time spent planning your project, including discussions, phone calls, research, and filling out the proposal. This should be
added to your actual work hours.
- To help recruit workers, make announcements, use the troop's Yahoo! Group, and create Facebook events for each of your workdays. Also
consider passing out fliers to your fellow Scouts with details on each work day. Consider providing refreshments to entice helpers.
- Use sign-in / sign-out sheets to track your helpers' hours. You'll need to turn this list in to the troop's Community Service chair to be recorded
in TroopMaster and on the national service hours website. The Eagle candidate must create a list of hours worked by each Troop 70 Scout
and adult who worked on his project. This list is to be turned over to the troop's Community Service chair so that participants may have
their individual service hours credited toward their own advancement.
- As you work on your project, contact your Eagle Coach with any questions or issues.
- Take "during" and "after" photographs of the area(s) in which your project will be carried out, if applicable. Again, pay attention to the electronic
format in which they are transferred into the project workbook.
- Once your project is completed to the satisfaction of your Project Beneficiary, complete the Eagle Scout Service Project Report and sign it.
Then obtain final approvals from your Project Beneficiary and Scoutmaster.
- Keep the completed workbook protected in a binder, preferably with sheet protectors, until you've completed all Eagle Rank requirements and
you're ready to turn in your Eagle Scout Rank application.
- Ask the Project Beneficiary to write you a letter of confirmation / completion to be included with you Eagle Application.
Additional Eagle Resources
Complete the Eagle Scout Rank Application
- The Eagle Scout Rank application can be found at www.scouting.org/filestore/pdf/512-728_WB_fillable.pdf. Only use the current version found
on this site.
- Troop 70 provides an Eagle Letter of Recommendation Request that its Eagle Scout Candidates may present to the references listed on the
application to request that letters of recommendation be sent to your Scoutmaster. It is suggested that this form letter be distributed to
references as early as the start of the project phase. All references are required, except Employer if not applicable. Letters should be sent to
your Scoutmaster via mail or e-mail. The Scout should never be given the letters (he will receive them in his project workbook at his Court of
- Maintain regular contact -- approximately every two weeks -- with your Scoutmaster to learn which letters of recommendation have been
received and which are still outstanding. Follow up with those from whom you asked for a letter but from whom one has not yet been received
to remind them respectfully that their letter is important to your desire to earn Eagle Scout rank.
- Be prepared and as early as possible complete the statement of ambitions and life purpose and your listing of positions, honors, and
awards. Make sure to include what are your plans to give back to Scouting in this statement.
- The Scoutmaster Conference may be held prior to all requirements being completed. Have your Scoutmaster sign and date your Boy Scout
Handbook was done for all prior ranks that you earned.
- Obtain a copy of your Eagle Application Assistance report and your Individual History Report from the troop's Advancement coordinator to
make sure you use the correct joining, advancement, and leadership dates.
- Once you've completed all requirements (except the Board of Review) complete the application. Be sure to use your complete name, including
your middle name. Once completed, print, sign and date it.
- Place the application, your Individual History Report, your statement of ambitions and life purpose and your listing of positions, honors, and
awards in your Eagle binder before the Eagle Scout Service Project Workbook.
- Meet with your Scoutmaster and then the Troop Committee Chair to obtain their signatures on the application.
- Turn the entire workbook in to the troop's Advancement Coordinator. The Advancement Coordinator will add the letters of recommendation
received by your Scoutmaster and add the troop's cover page. The Advancement Coordinator will make two copies of the entire binder and
turn in to the council registrar at the Wilmington Scout Shop, where it will be validated.
- Once validated and recorded, the binder will be picked up by Powder Mill District Eagle Coordinator Mr. Andy Sensing. He will contact you to
schedule your Eagle Scout Board of Review. After scheduling, the Candidate should notify the Scoutmaster of the time and location of the
Board of Review.
The Eagle Scout Board of Review
- Troop 70 usually does not conduct a Board of Review for a candidate seeking to earn Eagle Scout rank. If such a "practice Board" is deemed
necessary in the opinion of either the Scoutmaster or the Advancement coordinator, they will arrange with the candidate to hold one.
- As a Scout in Troop 70, the Eagle candidate will have participated in six (6) Boards of Review prior to completing his Eagle Scout Project and
Eagle Application. Each of these Boards was similar in form and content to what the candidate will experience at the Powder Mill District Eagle
Scout Board of Review. The major difference for the Eagle Scout Board of Review is that the candidate most likely is not acquainted with any
members of this Board. The number of board members typically is four or five, all of whom will ask the candidate questions.
- The first requirement for the Eagle Scout Board of Review is for the candidate to be dressed in his complete, clean and neatly pressed field
uniform. This includes the field uniform pants, belt, socks, Troop 70 neckerchief, neckerchief slide and shirt, with Life Scout rank badge
secured in place, as well as his Patrol badge and badge for his Position of Responsibility (current, or the last one he held). He is to wear his
Merit Badge sash, with all badges earned to date arranged neatly and secured to it. No Order of the Arrow insignia may be worn except for a
Nentego Lodge flap on the right pocket of the field uniform shirt. No hat is to be worn.
- Only the candidate and the troop's Scoutmaster will be present in the room during the Board of Review. The Scoutmaster's only role is to
introduce -- briefly -- the candidate to the Board. The candidate must be prepared to introduce -- briefly -- the Scoutmaster to the Board. The
candidate's parents are encouraged to come to the site of the Board so that pictures may be taken of them with their son upon his successful
completion of the review.
- The candidate must be prepared to lead members of the Board in the Pledge of Allegiance, the Scout Oath and the Scout Law (in that order).
Use an invitational phrase to begin each recitation: "Please join me in the Pledge of Allegiance / Scout Oath and Scout Law. Scout salute (or
- Members of the Board, starting with its Chair, will then introduce themselves to the candidate. Once all introductions are completed,
questioning of the candidate begins.
- Questions typically include asking the candidate to relate aspects of his Scouting experiences; his points of learning or unexpected problems
encountered in carrying out his project; what the teachings of Scouting mean to him; how these teachings have influenced his life thus far and
will continue to do so in the future; his plans to continue in Scouting (particularly if he is not yet eighteen years old); and his plans to give back
to Scouting. There are no "right" answers, there only are authentic answers based upon the experiences and plans of the candidate.
- Take time to briefly consider what was asked and to formulate a response before beginning to speak. A slow, yet measured and considered
response is favored over a hurried one interrupted by verbal stalling (which typically is signalled by an excessive number of "umms" and
"ahhs" in a response).
- If the candidate does not understand the question, by all means ask for it to be repeated. If the question had multiple sections and the
candidate has forgotten one of them, by all means ask for it to be repeated.
- Bring with you a bottle of water to combat a dry mouth. Try not to engage in nervous body motions. Relax and enjoy this interview, your first of
many important ones to come!
- No one wants you to fail and no one expects you to fail. On the contrary, everyone is looking forward to being able to congratulate you for your
accomplishments on this memorable day.
Conducting a Successful and Memorable Eagle Scout Court of Honor
- After the Board of Review, and upon being notified that the Eagle credentials have been received from BSA National at the Council Service
Center, unit leadership will pick-up the credentials and award items, work with the Eagle Scout's family to schedule and plan the Court of
Honor program, and request letters of commendation from local and national officials and veterans organizations.
- Please allow up to six weeks after the Eagle Scout Board of Review for the Eagle credentials to be received from BSA National at the Del Mar
Va Council Service Center.
- Once received, the troop will contact the Eagle Scout and request that he discuss possible Eagle Scout Court of Honor dates with his family. A
meeting should then be scheduled with the Scoutmaster and troop's Eagle Scout Court of Honor Coordinator to confirm the date and other
matters pertinent for the Court of Honor. Troop 70 Eagle Scout Courts of Honor are generally held on a weekend day at Saints Peter and Paul
Ukrainian Orthodox Church. However, the time, date, and location are ultimately up to the new Eagle Scout and his family.
- The new Eagle Scout is to select persons to perform key speaking roles in his ceremony. These roles typically are "Voice of the Eagle" (one
person, who will speak twice during the ceremony), "Requirements and Accomplishments of the Eagle" (one person), "A Few Words on ..."
(may be one or two persons) and "Promise of the Eagle" (one person, who must be an Eagle Scout who has already had his Court of Honor).
The new Eagle Scout is responsible not only for asking his chosen persons to fulfill each role, but also to confirm that they will attend the
ceremony. These names must be communicated to the troop Eagle Scout Court of Honor Coordinator one week prior to the scheduled date of
the ceremony so that the Court of Honor's program can be prepared.
- Upon confirming the time, date, and location, the troop will request letters of commendation from elected officials and veterans organizations.
The troop Eagle Scout Court of Honor Coordinator typically will handle this. Letters of commendation will be sent to the Scout's family home
address on file with the troop and not to the Scoutmaster's home address.
- The new Eagle Scout should send out formal invitations to friends and family. Formal invitations do not need to be sent to troop members or
leaders, but they may be sent to former troop leaders and troop members that are no longer active with the troop. There are mailable
invitations for sale at either the Scout Shop or at www.scoutstuff.org. Include the date, time and location on the invitation. The troop will create
a public Facebook event for the troop that the new Eagle Scout can share with friends and family.
- The new Eagle Scout must send invitations to the Council Executive and the Powder Mill District Executive (the names of persons who serve
in these positions are available at www.delmarvacouncil.org/council-information/council-staff-information/staff-directory/). Mail their invitations
to: Del Mar Va Council, Inc.; 100 W. 10th Street, Suite 915; Wilmington, DE 19801. Get these out as soon as possible.
- The new Eagle Scout also is encouraged to invite to his Court of Honor those persons that sat on his District Eagle Scout Board of Review.
- The troop Eagle Scout Court of Honor Coordinator will need an estimated head count of family and friends a week prior to the event.
- The troop Eagle Scout Court of Honor Coordinator will need to know of any variation to the traditional troop program or of any friends / relatives
who are Eagle Scouts that should play a role in the ceremony. If none, troop members and other Eagle Scouts will be used where possible
- The troop Eagle Scout Court of Honor Coordinator will need to know if the new Eagle Scout has someone (including their title) to provide the
opening prayer, otherwise the troop Chaplain Aide will fill this role.
- The troop Eagle Scout Court of Honor Coordinator will need to know who the new Eagle Scout has asked to say "A Few Words on..." him.
- The new Eagle Scout will need to prepare the "Eagle's Response", which is essentially his “thank you”s and words of wisdom and
encouragement for younger Scouts. He must also decide to whom he wants to give his Mentor pin to so that he can do so during the
Response, if that is his choice.
- The Eagle Scout being honored is strongly advised to make and use a printed copy of his Response's remarks: there is nothing more
unprofessional and annoying to a captive audience than to be subjected to a prolonged wait for an electronic device to (fail to) recover
these remarks from where ever they were left electronically.
- The troop will provide cake and punch for the reception. The projected attendance count provided by the Scout's family is crucial to having
sufficient quantities of refreshments on hand for the reception.
- On the day of the Court, the new Eagle Scout should arrive early in complete uniform. His uniform should remain in "youth mode" until then.
He should wear his merit badge sash, neckerchief, and so forth, and make sure his parents wear something on which he can easily pin their
recognition pins. For a Court of Honor being held in the sanctuary of Saints Peter and Paul Ukrainian Orthodox Church, no headgear is to be
- If there is to be an audiovisual presentation about the candidate as part of the ceremony, the equipment to show it is to have been set up
and finished being tested by no later than fifteen (15) minutes prior to the announced start time for the ceremony. If this cannot be
accomplished, the presentation may be transferred to the room where the reception is being held and run during that time.
- The new Eagle Scout's parents are encouraged to set up a display of the Scout's memorabilia, patches, awards, and Scouting photos in the