Is it possible to carry out an Eagle Scout project in 3 months?
Yes, absolutely.As many others have suggested, budgeting to have 6 months or a year is better, but 3 months is doable. I believe I have seen them go from idea to completion in as little as a month (with all approvals), but those are amazingly rare.The right follow on question is “How do I carry out an Eagle Scout project in just 3 months?”It is all about the project, especially the various layers of extra approval you have to go through for certain types of projects. Avoid projects that require government approval, such as zoning permits, building permits, inspections, or where a government agency or board is the recipient. It can be hard enough getting approval from your Scoutmaster, Committee Chair, District or Council representative, and the Beneficiary. Don’t add MORE required approvals.The ideal beneficiary is represented by a single person who has the authority to approve your project and accept it as done WITHOUT going to a “the board”, “ the membership”, or anyone else for approval. When you meet with your beneficiary, make sure you understand their level of authority to approve your project.The ideal project comes with its own funding. Some organizations that need work done have money for the materials, and they just need you to design the project, find the labor, and direct the project to completion. Many Eagles raise funds to complete their project, but that takes extra time, so avoid it if possible, if you are on a tight deadline.Be super polite about it, but do let those you are working with understand your timeline. Expect to bend over backwards to accommodate their needs if they are helping you to meet your schedule. (For example, I met with a scout about 9 or 10 PM on the day before his 18th birthday to sign some things for an Eagle Scout candidate. He drove to the campsite where the troop was camping, because that was where *I* was going to be on that day. A scout is helpful, and I was happy to help, but in that case he needed to come to me.)Be FLEXIBLE. (Or as they say in Woodbadge, “Semper Gumby. Always Flexible.”) Your ideal project might be an outdoor construction project like a trail or a dock. If the time you have left is December to February, and you are in Minnesota, it isn’t going to work. Pick something that is mostly or entirely indoors. (However, I have seen scouts build and install docks in Virginia in the winter, where they had to chip through the ice to get to the bottom of the pond to dig the underwater hole for the support posts. It is amazing what a motivated group of scouts can accomplish!)Good luck with your project!
How do I ask for donations for my Eagle Scout Project?
Much depends on what your Eagle project is.For instance, if you’re painting, Sherwin Williams stores often will donate paint if you simply ask the manager (and only need 5–10 gallons of basic paint). Home Depot stores often provide Councils with gift cards. Lowes managers can give material donations and/or discounts on purchased items, if you ask. Figure out what, exactly, you need and then approach stores than can provide it. Be sure to go in uniform and speak to the owner or manager.If you need to do fundraising to get cash to buy supplies for your project, first fill out the Fundraising sheet in the project package. Then start schmoozing with everyone you know. Tell them what you’re doing and what you need. Every dollar helps. If your beneficiary is a tax-deductible organization, then ask your contact if the organization will provide donation receipts for the donors’ taxes.And remember - you’re a Boy Scout on a mission. Most people WANT to help with an Eagle Project, so don’t be shy about asking.
Is it a requirement to have only one signature form in an eagle scout project?
Not at all!The paperwork for the project has to have several signatures.The person who the project is for, his or her signature.The Scoutmaster’s or Eagle Coach’s approval at the Troop level.Board of Review’s signature (usually 3 people on that Board of Review).
What are some of the best tips to prepare for an Eagle Scout project?
Don’t rush. It’s harder when younger. Maturity helpsGet an ‘advisor’. Someone who’s done it or helped others (some units have people like that. They turn out more Eagles. But, even if yours doesn’t - try to find someone with experience.Whatever you work on last - CAN turn into a mental challenge. So, DONT do the project last. Do it near, NOT at, the endAlllow time. Don’t try to do a lot just before your 18th birthday. “Things happen” , so allow an extra MONTH OR two.The project is supposed to help you practice being the boss, problem solving, and other stuff that’s it’s handy to have as you turn into an adult. (That’s why I prefer NOT pushing (at 13, 14, or ?? You’ve got growing to do)Don't LET AN ADULT DO IT FOR YOU — Advice is very good but YOU choose. It may be that some choices would be better if you let the adult rule. BUT, YOU learn by doing even if you make a poor decision. So be polite when refusing to go down someone else’s road. It YOUR project (DONT do this lightly) BUT, if your advisor won’t budge, get OTHER advice. You CAN change your advisingAN Eagle Project is NOT a show. So, don’t spend big bucks or time on the physical report. Well written, neat, some pics or diagrams help. But NO ‘ GOLD GUILT’ fancy shamancy, have some one check it for big boo boos BUT DO WHAT THE National BSA says and write about it. Whatever you do keep your eyes open and BE PREPARED⚜️⚜️Bob
What are some good ways to raise money for an eagle scout project?
It entirely depends on the project, the amount of money needed and the District or Council in which the project is approved. Read and follow the Guidance from Guide to Advancement and the Eagle Project Workbook, from scouting.org.Crowdfunding/gofundme sites are a good example -National doesn’t explicitly forbid their use, but some councils do. Start by getting the explicit, current limits for your Troop, District and Council, and understand the Guide to Advancement on fundraising. Get approval of your plan before you start.I would encourage you to consider plans and service projects that substitute donation of time and materials for collecting money. “Projects may not be fundraisers. In other words, the candidate may not stage an effort that primarily collects money, even if it is for a worthy charity.” It is extraordinarily easy for a project that collects money, buys stuff, then donates stuff to slip over into a simple fundraiser though last minute changes. Then you’re stuck defending something that isn’t an Eagle project as appropriate - or being sent back at the end because the District won’t approve your modified project.Leading people in an effort is far more Eagle worthy than simply raising money and buying stuff.That said, you can:Find a plan that does not depend on donated money, donate materials and time, only. Economize. Use your Troop and your charter organization.Mow lawns, work, save your money.Develop a fundraiser with your Troop (bonus: that counts as leadership). Bake sale. Popcorn sales.Take a collection among the members of your family.Use funding and materials from your beneficiary.Crowdsource, ping your Facebook friends, etc.The Eagle Scout Rank - Boy Scouts of AmericaEagle Scout Service Project Workbook - Boy Scouts of Americafor example:Crowdfunding sites and Eagle project fundraisinghttp://www.baltimorebsa.org/docu...
What are some eagle scout project ideas to help in Africa?
I’d stay away from projects like that unless you prepared actually to go there and run the project. When I was a troop committee chairman, I rejected a project proposed by a Scout who wanted to help build houses in Vietnam. Since he was not actually going to go there, it was essentially a fundraising program. That is not what we wanted to see in a “leadership and service” project. You can’t run something like that from a distance. Unless the Scout is right there, getting his hands dirty and directing the activities of others in actually fulfilling the project, it is not a suitable proposal, in my view.
How does being an Eagle Scout help out while being in the military?
Good number of the answers cover the “factual” point that you will come into the military at the higher E3 grade (this also true for Gold Star Girl Scouts), and you could probably see a good number of Academy and ROTC folks that have these high recognition of youth achievement in their profiles too.Now the “subjective”. Those that achieve Eagle Scout and Gold Star have completed in their path Leadership, project management, resilience, citizenship engagement, life saving skills, emergency management, service, overall human engagement to and end purpose, a combined purpose. Absorption of many additional subjects and well, camping and the logistics of a camp is a skill.The perseverance to get to that milestone and what it tend to imbue in the character of the candidate has the ability to place them in not only a higher paygrade recognition, but also the expectation of the quality of character of that position, with the inherent expectation to go achieve higher.Eagle and Gold go a long way and imprsssive on any college application and resume.I was trying not to sound to pro-anything, just know that as someone who interviews candidates coming into the military and picking their trade Eagles and Stars standout before even seeing that certificate.
What’s a good way to fundraise money for a boy scout eagle project over the summer?
The fundraising aspect of any Eagle Project adds an additional layer of responsibility and work for the Scout. When our son defined his project he realized that instead of fundraising money for the equipment and supplies he needed to create a community vegetable garden he reached out instead to the local vendors for the equipment and supplies. There is a whole separate section in the Eagle Scout Project Guide you must follow so depending on the Eagle Project it may be better to have him reach out to the community for those non-monetary donations. If you do go the fundraising route, remember, it should be included in the total amount of hours that the Scout and his team he manages put into the total project.Some ideas for fundraising money is to define the monetary goal, the venue where you are physically going to fundraise to attain the goal and the marketing of the fundraiser to what audience. I have seen a Scout use a local restaurant/pancake house to fundraise, a church or temple bakesale, hit up family and friends for donations, or even use social media. I don’t know what your Scouts Eagle Project is but try to aim and execute the fundraising towards that segment of the community that will benefit from it most. One final thing. Have your Scout wear his uniform wherever he may go requesting equipment, supplies and/or money. #BePrepared
Is it a requirement to have all signatures for an eagle scout project on one page?
When you do an Eagle Scout project, you fill out a booklet called an Eagle Scout Project Workbook. Here’s the link to it if you want to look at one:Eagle Scout Service Project Workbook | Boy Scouts of AmericaYou need to get signatures to get your project approved. The signatures for this part look like this:When you have finished with your project, you get signatures from the beneficiary and your scoutmaster. This page is many pages after the previous one.So, no, all your signatures will not be on the same page. They will be in the same book though.