Scouts-L Mail Archive for February of 1999: Re: Medical related Eagle Project
Re: Medical related Eagle Project
Fri, 5 Feb 1999 10:09:39 -0600
Robert Cataldo wrote, in part, "He wanted to do a blood drive for his
project but the district counselor said NO."
Robert, first, did the troop committee approve this project before it
was subm,itted to the district?
Second, on what basis did the district (advancement chair?) disapprove
the project? There are few restrictions on Eagle projects. The National
BSA Advancement Pollicies and Prcedures guide says, "For a service
project to qualify as an Eagle Scout serve project, the Scout, while a
Life Scout, must plan, develop, and give leadership to others in a
service project benefitining any religious institution, school, or
community. ... As a demopnstration of leadership, the Scout must plan
the work, organize the personnel needed and direct the project to its
completion. ... The service project also may not be performed for a
business, or be of a commercial nature, or be a fund-raiser. ... Routine
labor, a job or service normally rendered, should not be considered.
There is not minimum number of hours that must be spent on carrying out
a project. The amount of time spent must be sufficient for the Scout to
clearly demonstrate leadership skills."
There's certainly nothing wrong with a blood drive as a concept, unless
your Scout's work with the ambulance corps involved organizing blood
I'm guessing your district guy is way wrong on this. If you don't know,
get back to him to find out exactly why the blood drive project was
turned down. If it's not for a reason covered by the Advancement guide,
and he still persists, go over his head to Council, and don't waste
time, either. Your Scout's project is more imoportant than this guy's
CC, Troop 597
Eden Prairie, Minnesota