Eagle Projects for Not-So-Dummies

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The Eagle Scout service project is a major step on the road to Boy Scouting’s highest rank. It’s also a major source of confusion for many Scouts, Scouters, and Scout parents. Fortunately, the National Advancement Committee has done a great job in recent years in clarifying the process involved in proposing and carrying out an Eagle project.

If you’ve never helped a Scout through the process, the best place to start is with the Eagle Scout Service Project Workbook, which explains every step of the process. Coupled with the Guide to Advancement, the workbook should answer any questions you and your Scouts have. But what about their project beneficiaries?

While the workbook is primarily addressed to the Eagle Scout candidate (as it should be), one important section addresses the organization the Scout’s project will benefit. Entitled “Navigating the Eagle Scout Service Project: Information for Project Beneficiaries,” this two-pager does a great job of explaining what beneficiaries need to understand about Eagle projects. You should strongly encourage your Scouts to share this document early in the process of planning their Eagle projects. Doing so could help them head off many questions and concerns and smooth the way to success.

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