"Just passing" eagle requirements
hilding holroyd (hilding@BLUESTONE.COM)
Wed, 9 Apr 1997 11:39:46 -0400
I have read the few postings regarding Scouts passing Eagle requirements
with particular amounts of effort.
I have been the District Advancement Chairman for over a year now. I have
seen immense projects and I have seen projects that "just met the
requirements", whatever that means. Frankly the requirements are
"While a Life Scout, plan, execute, show leadership..." (paraphrase,
obviously) It says nothing about size, scope, how many people need to be
involved, etc. How are we to judge what is "good enough".
What I look for in an Eagle project:
1) challenging: TO THE SCOUT! I expect a bit more from Scouts who are
16-17 than from those who are 12-14.
2) leadership: I have candidates come to me to sign their project proposals
and I always ask them how they plan on showing leadership during
3) scope: I look for roughly 80 man hours in a project. This includes all
the preliminary work and project write-up work that the Eagle candidate
must do. What it can boil down to is a single work day for a good size
crew. Some other projects are extended over a long period of time with
several Scouts/Scouters putting in some hours on evenings. Yes, projects
can take less time and more time. This varies widely.
4) meaningful: is it really a project that will benefit the community,
church or school. I am trying to get away from simply clean up projects
that any organization can perform. In fact the guidelines state that the
project should NOT be looked as at slave labor.
The Board of Review has the final say on whether the project was "good
Hilding W. Holroyd Troop & District Advancement Chairman
Jackson, NJ BSA Troop 250, Lakewood, NJ
Eagle Class '68 Jersey Shore Council
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