My Eagle Project...
James M. Hayward (MKOSPALMER@AOL.COM)
Sun, 16 Apr 1995 13:02:56 -0400
I just have a few Scouting Related comments to share about Eagle Service
There are two types of eagle service projects that you can have, those that
are successful, well planned out, and those that are just thrown together as
sort of projects. I have seen both.
As mentioned in a previous post to Scouts-L, some eagle service projects are
an ongoing thing to benefit different groups. My project consisted of servera
l projects. The first was to revive an oak forest (or something like that)
to pull all the overgrown hawathorne and other trees that did not belong out
of the forest. That First project is the one that is still continuing today
to the best of my knowledge. The second was to move some trash(i.e.
abandoned washers, water heaters, etc. to an area where they could be
accessed by a garbage truck. The third was to pick up litter on a local road
near the forest preserve that had not been picked up in a long time.
To make my project successful, I began by publicizing it really well. I sent
out letters to every Scout in my troop and in other troops where I had
friends and adult leaders. In this letter, I stated my purposes and
ambitions and asked them my help. Anyway, I thought the Scouts (workers) at
my project would appreciate a huge pizza party afterwards as well as providing
drinks with the lunch that the scout brought. Besides all the "perks" in my
project, I made two onsight visits surveying what it looked like and what
materials I would need.
As a result of one of these visits, I said I needed a chipper, and I received
one almost immediatly with a chipper operator and truck.
Anyway, I totaled up my hours and had over two-hundred hours. At one point,
I was in control of 45 or so people at once.
Let me know if my knowledge can be of any help to you.
Yours in Scouting,
Class of '92 Eagle Scout
P.S. Happy projecting
Terry Howerton Sakima Group, Inc. SCOUTER Magazine Kansas City