EAGLE SCOUT PROJECTS
(no name) ((no email))
Mon, 11 Nov 1991 16:57:00 MST
If it looks like the project is a fund rasier, then there could be
problems. I know I would not approve it as a District Advancement Chairman.
But I am confused? If they do not approve it, has it been submitted to the
District or Council Advancement committee for approval? If not, what is he
doing working on it (other than planning)? If he is not working on it yet
what is all the work he is doing that is going to get his father excited
about if the District Advancement committee says no?
If you have not yet put your paws on the new Eagle Scout Service Project
Workbook, please get one immediately and be sure each of your life scouts
has one also. (If they still have not reached your council - ours
arriveded about two weeks ago, let me know and I will send you a copy).
District/Council approval (usually the District Advancement chairman or his
/her committee sign) is required BEFORE THE SCOUT STARTS ON HIS PROJECT.
He also needs the unit leader's and troop committee's approval BEFORE he
starts. I consider this an important part of the process and I do not like
making exceptions to this. Why, well in real life, unless you are the
boss, you almost always have to submit some sort of proposal before working
on something. That is why the PRE-APPROVAL is so important. This is still
a learning experience. For many of the scouts working on Eagle this may be
their first big project. They should learn to do it right! (Even if
mistakes are made, at least they will learn from them.
As far as Eagle Scout Project Ideas go, I have a bunch I can give you, but
first places to go for ideas.
Eagle Scout Projects do not have to be original, just a demonstration of
leadership and a "BEST EFFORT" on the part of the scout. (This is how I
look at it, I am not reading official material for this definition.)
The project should benifit the community. The community can include the
city, state, or nation (maybe even international since you are near Canada
there in Bufalo). Most any non-profit community organization or goverment
entity is open season for projects. Although some do not like to have
scouts doing work because of liability problems. Churches, City Parks,
Universities, National Forests, local safe houses, etc... are all good
places to start.
If a scout is interested in doing trail work for the national forest, he
should contact the nearest office. Out West there is always lots of trail
work to do because the mountains tend to be steep and trails wash out a
lot. But I bet back in your area, the brush would need to be cleared back,
particularily on trails used by horses.
There is one scout who is currently building a chappel in the wooded area
next to a local church (the land is church property). If the youth is
looking for a project, there is nothing that says you cannot approach an
organization, such as your church, explain what you are doing and ASKING if
they have any projects which they would like to see done, but probably will
not be done because of lack of funds, personel, or whatever reason.
We had another young man mark street numbers on house top roofs for the
police helicopters. (He did not mark one neighborhood, but scattered
houses in one part of the city, the police do not need every house marked,
but one here an there will help them figure out where they are at.)
I know of scouts who have done work on homes for battered women, Ronald
McDonald House, and other local community or charity groups. These groups
are always looking for someone who can build a playground behind the home
for battered women, so the children have something to play on. Maybe their
building needs fixing up?
Do not forget the schools. In these times of tight budgets, many cannot
afford to provide all the maintenance they should be providing. Fixing up
a band room, or building a ball diamond are possible projects.
The keys to the project as I look at them are leadership, planning, did
they learn something, and was this the scout's best effort. I usually
expect different levels of work between a 13 year old and a 16 year old.
Hope this helps, feel free to to prode me again, if you need more ideas.
Usually I try to get the young men to come up with their ideas (sometimes they
actually see a need and approach a group about it). The Scouts as a
general rule have better imagination than I do.
P.S. If the fund rasier was done to pay for the materials needed to do the
project, that is ok. Be sure the Scout makes that clear and he is likely
to be complimented for doing that aspect as well. In general Eagle Scout
projects should not benefit private enterprise, should not benefit the
scouts (such as work at a scout camp), and should not BE A FUND RAISER.
Additional Details may be found in the BSA publication Advancement
Guidelines, Council and District Functions.
Terry Howerton Sakima Group, Inc. SCOUTER Magazine Kansas City