Re: Eagle Project Ideas-Music
Michael F. Bowman (mfbowman@CAPACCESS.ORG)
Sun, 2 Jun 1996 00:35:36 -0400
Your Scout's heart is in the right place, but as other posters have
noted, fundraising is not an appropriate Eagle Scout project. It may
help to have some reasons to explain to your Eagle why another project
would be better and then go over the rules.
There are several reasons for not wanting Eagle projects to involve
1. It could operate to the detriment of the Council's own fundraising
efforts to cover the costs of operation and capital expenses such as camp
2. Fundraising by the youth could cause a number of intereting tax
problems for the youth (and/or his family) and the donor unless the youth
was willing to do what is necessary to become a tax-exempt non-profit
entity under the tax laws.
3. The idea of the Eagle Project is to teach leadership. Fundraising
can involve leadership, but more often than not would either end up being
handled by an adult or a youth soliciting contributions instead of
exercising real leadership.
4. Fundraising is transitory. It is hard to see concrete results or to
know for sure just how the funds were actually used; e.g. were 80% spent
on administering the charity and 20% used for charitable purposes? No it
is much better for the Scout to have done something that he will remember
and be able to look back upon with pride in his accomplishment. I can
still remember my Uncle taking me to Camp Beltzer in Indianapolis in 1965
and proudly pointing out a brick walkway and retaining wall leading to
the Dining hall that he had built for his Eagle Project in 1920,
Forty-five years earlier. To his death a few years ago he treasured the
memory of making that walkway that thousands upon thousands of Scouts
used at camp over the course of some 60 summers.
Planning an Eagle project can be a real challenge. Before any Scout gets
to far down the path of planning his project, he should carefully read
BSA's "Life to Eagle Packet" No. 18-927 (1995). In the "Packet" he will
find that "Working involving council property or other BSA activities is
not permitted. The project also may not be peformed for a business, be of
a commercial nature, or be a fundraiser. (Fundraising is permitted only
for securing materials or supplies needed to carry out your project.)"
Speaking Only for Myself in the Scouting Spirit, Michael F. Bowman
a/k/a Professor Beaver (WB), ASTA #2566, OA Vigil Honor '71, Eagle
Scout '67, Serving as Deputy District Commissioner for Training,
G.W.Dist., Nat. Capital Area Council, BSA - email@example.com
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