Q&A: Eagle Project

Hello I am a life scout in America and I was wondering what was your eagle project and the reason I am asking is because I am looking for things to do, and have a good idea of what I can do. Thank you

The actual answer might not be useful to you; I moved a library. More specifically, I recruited, and organized volunteers to move the stacks from the old library building, which had been in continual use for nearly a century and was in dire need of full renovations, into a new facility half a block away.

This may sound slightly strange, but good Eagle Projects are “opportunistic.” They depend on knowing what’s going on around you, in your community, and finding someplace where you can step in and facilitate something that needs to be done.

Repair or restoration of a city park is one common goal. More than one Scout camp is maintained by the joint efforts of Eagle Projects and OA events.

This may be as simple as repainting camp structures (though, depending on how much effort is involved, your board may want something a bit more ambitious), or it may be more extensive, like tearing up and renovating a trail. (I have participated in the latter.)

There’s a weird possibility that organizing a recruitment drive of new scouts might be something your Review Board would be willing to sign off on. Provided you can convincingly argue that it is to the benefit of your community.

Ultimately, all of this rests with your Eagle Board. Your project is a demonstration that you’re learning how to function as a leader. Sometimes that means asking for advice and help. Being a leader doesn’t mean having all the answers; it often requires knowing when you need to ask others for their input, and understanding where to fill in the blanks when those answers are incomplete.

Once you have a plan in mind, then you can go through the additional necessary steps.

One major change, from when I did my project, was the amount of required planning before the Board would sign off. I had to have an entire project detailed out, only to then find out if it was suitable, needed minor reworks, or was outright rejected.  That’s not longer true. You can present an overall plan of what you want to do, and get direct feedback, before you invest a lot of time into the project.

Ultimately, your Eagle Project is going to be a reflection of your community, and what you can do to contribute to it. That is part of what the project is testing.


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