Scouts-L Mail Archive for August of 1999: proceeding with Eagle project prior to project approval
proceeding with Eagle project prior to project approval
Wed, 11 Aug 1999 14:07:40 -0400
"Need some input. Have a scout who started work on his Eagle project prior to
final approval because the organization was going to go ahead with his idea and
give it to another group to do if he did not get it under way. How much of a
problem is the date of approval versus work being done?"
The completion of an approved plan of action is a key part of an Eagle project.
Normally, this project plan must be approved before any work is done on the
project. Kent's message doesn't say exactly how far this Scout's project
proposal was on its way to approval when work was begun.
In our troop, the procedure that is followed for Eagle Project applications is
that the Scout writes up his project proposal and presents his write-up to me as
Scoutmaster and to our troop committee member in charge of advancement. We each
make comments on that proposal. The Scout then revises his proposal. After he
completes one or more revisions and we feel the proposal is acceptable, we sign
it and send it on to our district advancement chairman. He will often return it
with additional comments. When the proposal is revised to his satisfaction, the
Scout is then given the go ahead to begin work on his project.
The completion of this process prior to the date the Scout begins actual work on
the project is an important part of the Eagle project. In our council, there
would have to be strong extenuating circumstances for any exception to be made
to this rule. I had a Scout in my troop who completed two Eagle projects
because he began the first one without receiving approval of his plans.
In the situation Kent presented, if the Scout knew of the deadline and was just
very slow in getting his proposal together, I can see no reason to grant an
exception. If the deadline was sprung on the Scout at the last moment, and the
proposal was already in the hands of the district advancement chair, then, as
soon as the Scout found out about the deadline, he should have asked his
Scoutmaster or troop advancement chair to call the district advancement chair,
explain the circumstances, and ask if the approval process could be sped up so
that it would be completed by the time the Scout began work on the project. If
the proposal had not yet reached the district advancement chair by the time the
Scout began work on the project, then I can see no way the project would be
Scoutmaster, Troop 180
Chief Okemos Council, Michigan