Life to Eagle

The rank of Eagle Scout is the highest rank in Scouting.

Eagle Scouts are recognized as high achievers wherever they go.

The Life to Eagle program at Troop 3 is intended to assist our Scouts in planning and executing their Eagle project in a timely and organized fashion.An Eagle project is a major undertaking that involved planning, coordination, budgeting and a focus on the goal of attaining the Eagle Rank.

This is a set of resources to help Life Scouts and their parents, mentors and coaches, on their journey from Life to the ultimate achievement in scouting: the rank of Eagle.

There is a big difference in what it takes to earn the rank of Eagle, as compared to the scout ranks before Eagle, up through and including the Life rank. All of the other ranks require some combination of demonstrating skills, earning merit badges, and participating in service projects. The Eagle rank is more about leadership. Yes, there are some additional merit badges required, but to earn the rank of Eagle, a scout must hold a leadership position in the troop, demonstrate the ideals of scouting, and plan and lead an Eagle service project. Thus this final rank in scouting is focused more on demonstrating leadership.

Planning for the attainment of the Eagle rank should begin as soon as a scout earns the Life rank. Completing all the requirements will take time, and all the requirements must be completed before the scout's 18th birthday (with the possibility of extensions only in exceptional circumstances).

In Troop 3, the scout will be paired with an adult mentor to act as a guide and coach. While the mentor will provide advice and guidance, it's critical to understand that the scout needs to take ownership of the process. What's more, scouts will succeed only if they are truly motivated.

Here are some materials that we have assembled to help guide the scout, his parents, and the mentors.

Overview of the Life to Eagle process

The process starts when the scout earns his Life rank and decides that he wants to go on to earn the Eagle rank.

  1. Talk to the scoutmaster about the Eagle rank - express your desire and intent to earn your Eagle

  2. The scoutmaster will talk to you about getting paired with an adult mentor to act as your guide and coach

  3. Meet with your mentor. Discuss what will be required and your timeline for completing all the requirements

  4. Make a plan for earning all remaining merit badges. Be sure an pay attention to the specific Eagle-required merit badges. Some of them take time and planning to complete. See this guide to rank requirements.

  5. Plan and execute your Eagle Scout Service Project (see below)

  6. Check your advancement records online using ScoutBook. If you don't yet have a login, contact the Troop 3 parent who track advancement. And once you check your records using ScoutBook, if there is any missing information or if there are any errors, work with the Troop 3 advancement chair to get your records updated.

  7. Hold a leadership position while a life scout

  8. Once all the above requirements have been completed, complete the Eagle Scout Rank Application (see below), have your scout master conference, and then request/schedule your Eagle board of review.

  9. The final step is the Eagle Scout Board of Review

And a few things to keep in mind:

  • It's important to stay active in scouting - only active scouts are eligible to earn the active rank

  • Live the ideals of scouting in your daily life and be a role model to other scouts.

  • Don't put things off to the last minute. Fulfilling all of the requirements for the Eagle rank takes time, and must be completed before your 18th birthday.

The Eagle Scout Service Project

Scouts should download, read, and use the official Eagle Scout Service Project workbook. In fact it's a requirement that this workbook be used. Parents should read the workbook as well - in fact on page 5 there is a section explicitly for parents.

The Eagle Scout Rank Application

Unlike all the other ranks that are awarded by the troop, the Eagle rank can only be awarded by the council. Once all of the requirements for the Eagle rank have been completed, the scout needs to fill out the Eagle Scout Rank Application. This application will then need to be signed by Troop 3 leaders and by the scout's Eagle Board of Review, after which it will be submitted to the council. But it's worth having a look at this application early on - don't wait until the last minute. It requires a lot of information to document the fulfillment of all rank requirements, including dates that all earlier ranks and merit badges were earned. So it will likely require some time to assemble relevant records.

SCHEDULE FROM LIFE TO EAGLE

  • The clock starts running the day you become a Life Scout. Make sure all of your merit badges are in order with the proper dates and succession needed to advance. If there is any discrepancy identify it right away and go to your Scoutmaster.

  • Within one month of becoming a Life Scout, you should begin planning your Eagle Project. This section will help you organize the project. The Troop 3 Scoutmaster, our Life to Eagle Coordinator and Assistant Scoutmasters are available to help you with your project every step of the way.

  • Pick a project - write up the idea, get benefactor to sign. You can see lots of Eagle Project ideas by Googling "Eagle Service Projects".Within a month of selecting your project, have a written draft of the project, discuss it with the Troop 3 Life-to-Eagle advisor and obtain approval to present it to the Troop 3 Scoutmaster. Obtain approval from the Scoutmaster within two weeks of presenting it to him. Follow up if necessary; don’t assume he got your email. If it is taking more than a week call him!

  • Prepare and present to the Troop Committee your project details, including overview, costs, fund raising efforts, man hours involved, benefactor of the project and other key details. This is the plan you will work from. Include as much detail as you have access to. Expect questions, suggestions and changes following the presentation. The Committee is interested in making sure you have all the bases covered and that the project fits the profile of a suitable Eagle Project.

  • Present the project to the District Advancement Chairman for the Potawatomi District. This only happens once a month so you need to plan for the date well in advance so you do not wait more time than you need to.

  • Complete the pre-project activities, such as logistics, team building, material acquisition, permits, and obtain the necessary resources. Ask for help along the way. The Troop is there to support you.

  • Execute the project and write up the results. You have to document the project from start to finish. Take copious notes, photos and keep track of changes.

  • Obtain the approval of both the benefactor, the Scoutmaster and the Committee Chairman.

  • Complete the advancement records, obtain reference letters, confirm and complete leadership requirements. Submit your application to the Scoutmaster and the Troop Committee Chair.

  • Stay focused and make incremental progress. An Eagle Project can take over 9 months to plan and execute. Everything must be completed, signed off and done before your 18th birthday.