Eagle Project Ideas
Bill Lantz (wlantz@INETDIRECT.NET)
Sun, 26 Mar 1995 20:37:01 -0500
I have been reading with interest the recent discussion on Eagle
projects. All of the suggestions sound great and allow for
leadership opportunities for the scouts. Many of the projects are the
kind where there is a physical object that is a result of the project,
something that all scouters can look upon with pride for years to come.
I would like to point out that there are Eagle projects that can be
carried out that establish ongoing service projects that benefit the
community but don't necessarily involve the creation, repair, etc. of
a physical object be it a nature tral, gazebo to worship in, etc.
Two scouts in our troop have carried out Eagle projects of this type in
recent years. The first project involved inviting health care
professionals to the church that sponsors the troop and coordinating
CPR and first aid classes. This project obviously benefited the
community by preparing individuals for future emergency situations.
This was not a one time project and continued, I believe, for several
The second scout organized the placement of flags on veterans graves
on Veterans Day. As an offshoot of this project the county auditor
created a foundation to raise funds to purchase flags for the project
in future years on a county wide basis. In the year after the original
project another scout in another troop in Indianapolis researched grave
site locations at another cemetery and arranged for the placement of
flags in that cemetery on Veterans Day. Obviously the flags are only up
for a brief period of time each year, however, the boys have learned
leadership, and a great deal of respect for veterans. The project, as
did the CPR project, involved many in the community besides the
traditional Scouting community.
So keep in mind that an Eagle project can be effective in establishing
a service project tradition as well as what one might consider the more
traditional type Eagle project. In addition the scouts involved with
these two projects feel a great sense of pride in the ongoing projects
that they helped established.
Troop Committee Chairman, Troop 137
Pioneer District, Crossroads of America Council
Amateur Radio Operator N9BLM
"To serve to strive and not to yield" H.I.O.B.S. H-7
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