What are good strategies to become an Eagle Scout?
These are all great answers. However, let me stress the importance of not wasting time. The advanced ranks have time requirements and leadership requirements. If you lollygag around and wait until you are 17 to earn Star, you will not make Eagle. Even earning Life could be tricky. Of course, if you are goofing off in your early Scout years, you probably don't really care if you earn your Eagle. Hopefully your troop leaders are watching your progress and can step in early enough to keep you on track if you really do want to earn Eagle. You probably want to have earned your Life rank by the time you're 15. As you go through your teen years, there are more and more distractions pulling you away. If Eagle Scout is a goal for you, you have to allow for those distractions, whether it's a sport season keeping you from getting to meetings for a few months (which can affect holding a leadership position), or getting a part-time job to earn money for college (which can affect going to summer camp and working on merit badges). In the middle of all of this, you need to hold a meaningful, elected troop position, and pulled off the planning and execution of an Eagle project, while finishing up your required merit badges (some of which also have time requirements). Finally, keep track of everything you do, including dates of achievements, and camp-outs. Your troop should also be keeping track, but use their records to verify your own. Perhaps you finished a merit badge and forgot to turn in your blue card. When in doubt, the troop record will prevail. Good luck!
What kind of effect does being an Eagle Scout have on college applications?
Becoming an Eagle Scout does (usually) look great on an application, because it requires commitment, hard work, persistence, initiative in coming up with projects, and indicates a willingness to help others. Becoming an Eagle Scout is very difficult, and if you accomplish that while doing very well academically, then it’s a sign that you can handle a lot of work at once. I met three Eagle Scouts while at MIT. Outside of college, I knew one person who had managed to become an Eagle Scout, and that was my dad, who went to Dartmouth. I don’t remember meeting anyone at MIT who was a Boy Scout but hadn’t become an Eagle Scout (except for maybe a couple people who did like a year of Cubs when they were eight or whatever, which doesn’t really count.)My friends who were Eagle Scouts told me all about what it takes to achieve that, and it is not for the faint of heart. It therefore would undoubtedly look impressive on a college application to be an Eagle Scout. But my guess is that if you try to become an Eagle Scout solely for the purpose of making your college application look better, then you are unlikely to succeed. It seems you need to show real leadership and dedication to being the best Scout you can be for the sake of others, and if that alone doesn't motivate you, then it will likely be very hard to push yourself to do it over the length of time it takes. Also, all the schools you mentioned like to interview students and get a personal take on their activities. If your only motivation for becoming an Eagle Scout is to get into college, then that is likely to be apparent in an interview. And that certainly won’t help your application - top-tier universities like the ones you mentioned want students to have drive and passion for the things that they do and not just do them as a stepping stone to get into college.
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.
When is the last possible date to submit an Eagle Scout rank application?
All Eagle Scout requirements must be completed before your 18th birthday, barring an exception for special needs. This includes “merit badges, service project, active participation, Scout spirit, position of responsibility, and unit leader conference.” Guide to Advancement 2015 section 188.8.131.52 [As of 11/6/16 the 2015 version is the most current.]However the signatures need not be dated before the Scout’s 18th birthday. (ibid, 184.108.40.206 #2, also 220.127.116.11) Section 18.104.22.168 mentions that a copy should be made of the application, service project workbook, etc. and once the copies are in safekeeping, the originals should be delivered promptly to the council service center. It says timeliness is especially critical if the candidate is approaching or has already turned 18.So clearly, although the work must be completed before the 18th birthday, the application needn’t be turned in by then. The Guide to Advancement recommends that the work be hand delivered if possible, but suggests registered or certified mail if that is not possible.“There is no requirement that the application must be completed or submitted before the 18th birthday. Councils do not have the authority to reject applications submitted on or after that date.” (Guide to Advancement section 22.214.171.124)The Board of Review will be scheduled after all records have been submitted to National and verified, then returned to the local council. No special permission is required for a Board of Review within 3 months after the 18th birthday (hence a good reason to submit your packet in a timely fashion).Between 3 and 6 months after the 18th birthday a letter of explanation for the delay is required, as is special permission from the local council. At 6 months past the 18th birthday or beyond, it becomes a real pain. Letters must be sent to National and permission granted to have a late Board of Review. Don’t be in this situation.Best bet, as everyone will tell you, is to get it all done as early as possible.
How does one get invited to the Quora Partner Program? What criteria do they use, or is it completely random?
I live in Germany. I got an invite to the Quora partner program the day I landed in USA for a business trip. So from what I understand, irrespective of the number of views on your answers, there is some additional eligibility criteria for you to even get an email invite.If you read the terms of service, point 1 states:Eligibility. You must be located in the United States to participate in this Program. If you are a Quora employee, you are eligible to participate and earn up to a maximum of $200 USD a month. You also agree to be bound by the Platform Terms (https://www.quora.com/about/tos) as a condition of participation.Again, if you check the FAQ section:How can other people I know .participate?The program is invite-only at this time, but we intend to open it up to more people as time goes on.So my guess is that Quora is currently targeting people based out of USA, who are active on Quora, may or may not be answering questions frequently ( I have not answered questions frequently in the past year or so) and have a certain number of consistent answer views.Edit 1: Thanks to @Anita Scotch, I got to know that the Quora partner program is now available for other countries too. Copying Anuta’s comment here:If you reside in one of the Countries, The Quora Partner Program is active in, you are eligible to participate in the program.” ( I read more will be added, at some point, but here are the countries, currently eligible at this writing,) U.S., Japan, Germany, Spain, France, United Kingdom, Italy and Australia.11/14/2018Edit 2 : Here is the latest list of countries with 3 new additions eligible for the Quora Partner program:U.S., Japan, Germany, Spain, France, United Kingdom, Italy, Canada, Australia, Indonesia, India and Brazil.Thanks to Monoswita Rez for informing me about this update.
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!
When filling out the common application additional information section, should I write it like an essay or simply do bullet points?
If this is a College Ap, go with the Essay.If a Work Ap, the bullet approach is fine.
How does it feel to be an Eagle Scout during the current negative discussions involving scouting?
I've always felt that the BSA should end its discriminatory policies against gay and atheist boys and leaders. As such, I've proudly worn the "Inclusive Scouting Award" on my uniform for years. This is an unofficial (and thus technically forbidden on the Class A uniform) knot/patch to show support for including those discriminated groups in the BSA. I wore this throughout 7 years working in senior positions at an official BSA summer camp, and explained my positions to all who asked about it. There were other staffers who did the same.While this particular issue deeply disappoints me, I don't fundamentally believe the BSA is a bad organization, or something I don't want to be associated with. As such, I wouldn't return my badge or medal, because I'm still quite proud of it, and also proud of my affiliation with so many of the best people I've ever known. Large organizations are certain to have disagreements like this, but there's more than enough common ground to share and be proud of. Of course I do hope that this policy changes, but I'll continue to support the BSA either way.If you're looking for an analogy you can relate to, consider whether you would renounce your American citizenship if Congress passed a constitutional amendment defining marriage as between one man and one woman. I certainly wouldn't, even though I'd disagree with such a decision. I think most Americans feel the same way about most issues, which is why we're still united as one nation.: http://www.inclusivescouting.net...
How hard is it to become an Eagle Scout?
For an exact answer, please read the following. It is a list of everything you need to do to become an Eagle Scout:https://filestore.scouting.org/f...However, here is a summary:-It requires time. Nineteen months is a minimum.-It requires effort. Scouts not only need to memorize things like the pledge of allegiance and the symptoms and treatment of a stroke but also demonstrate skills such as swimming, tying knots, using of a saw, and performing CPR. Scouts also have to complete tasks such as improving their physical fitness and performing research on a household purchase.-It requires active participation. In addition to sixteen months of vaguely defined being “active in [their] troop,” scouts also need to meet concrete requirements such as camping for twenty nights and participating in eighteen hours of community service not even counting the eagle project.-It requires responsibility. Scouts have to serve for a total of sixteen months in positions of responsibility within their troops.-It requires family involvement. Several requirements include a parent or guardian.-It requires community involvement. Scouts have to attend two community meetings as well as lead an eagle project, an in-depth service project for a community organization.-It requires leadership. Scouts must teach skills to their peers as well as complete the aforementioned eagle project.-It requires money. Uniforms, registration fees, camping equipment, camp costs, transportation, and other items pile up. The money doesn’t necessarily need to come from the scouts or their families, many troops hold fundraisers to pay some or all expenses.I think that covers all the major tangible and intangible factors that add up to the difficulty of earning the eagle rank. If anyone thinks I missed something major, please let me know.