Working towards Eagle
If you are a Star or Life Scout (or their parent) wanting to advance to the Rank of Eagle, then you are in the right place!
These pages will provide you with information specific to earning the Eagle Scout Rank. If you follow the guidance here, plus use the help and advice that adults in your troop can provide, you have a good chance of successfully navigating the process of earning the Eagle Scout Rank.
So, let’s get started with a couple of essentials about the Eagle Scout Rank and how it is a little different to the other Scout ranks and your experience in Scouting so far:
Eagle Scout Rank essentials
- In addition to actually completing a set of requirements like other ranks in Scouting, to advance to Eagle Scout Rank, you have to actually complete an application – the “Eagle Scout Rank Application.”
- The Board of Review for Eagle Scout Rank is conducted by people in scouting from across the District and not just within your unit. Don’t worry, these people are kind and friendly, just like you!
- To earn the Eagle Scout Rank, you need to “plan, develop, and give leadership to others in a service project.” This is a major undertaking, but you already know this since you have helped others with their Eagle Projects!
What you might not know is that this project is but one of seven requirements you need to satisfy to earn Eagle Scout Rank. Don’t forget those others!
The Eagle packet consists of the following items that must be submitted together to the council office
- The January 2020 version of the Eagle Scout Rank Application, completed through UNIT APPROVAL, and signed by the unit leader and unit committee chair
- Statement of ambitions and life purpose (see Requirement 7 on the Eagle Scout Rank Application)
- List of positions held and honors or awards demonstrating leadership outside of Scouting (see Requirement 7 on the Eagle Scout Rank Application)
- Eagle Scout Service Project Workbook complete with all signatures
The Eagle packet must be hand delivered or sent via registered mail or some other method that allows tracking and delivery confirmation. For candidates nearing their 18th birthday, the packet must be received by the council office within five working days of your 18th birthday.
Eagle Project Resources
Eagle Scout Service Project Workbook
Eagle Scout Service Project Workbook No. 2021b was released in January 2021. Scouts preparing new proposals should use this version of the form.
- The workbook has been updated so that it can be displayed on a web browser.
- Image placeholders have been removed. Images should be included as additional attachments at the end of the workbook.
- Formatting issues in the initial cost estimate section have been addressed. However, the total no longer auto-calculated.
It is your responsibility to ensure that the workbook you use matches the official current version on the BSA website.
Guidelines for Age Appropriate Use of Tools
Click here to view the Age Guidelines for Tool Use and Work at Elevations and Excavations (from the Guide to Safe Scouting)
Scouts should refer to this document when preparing the Safety sections of their Proposal and Final Plan.
Looking for an idea for an Eagle Service project?
Check out this site for several ideas, and before and after photos:
Eagle Project Proposal Review Process
Eagle Application Resources
Eagle Scout Rank Application
Click here to access the January 2020 printing of the application on the official BSA web site.
An an alternative: The application may be accessed from Scoutbook. An Eagle Application report is available in Scoutbook. This version will automatically fill in required information already in the ScoutBook database. See https://help.scoutbook.com/knowledge-base/eagle-application/
Recommendation Letter Requests
See also pages 10, 12 & 14 of the 2018 Occoneechee Council Life to Eagle Guide
Eagle Service Project Registration form
The preferred method is to register your project and upload a photo using EagleRefs.org. Alternatively, your may print and complete page 14 of the 2018 Occoneechee Council Life to Eagle Guide. Bring the completed form and a high quality photo of your project to your Eagle Board of Review.
Occoneechee Council Life to Eagle Guide
Produced by the Occoneechee Council Advancement Committee, this guide is designed to help Eagle candidates and adult leaders understand the requirements for advancement to Eagle and how they are applied in our council.
Guide to Safe Scouting
The official BSA publication designed to prepare adult leaders to conduct Scouting activities safely and prudently. The first section of the guide is devoted to youth protection and adult leadership.
Eagle candidates must ensure that adults who provide supervision for their projects are acquainted with, and agree to abide by, these guidelines and those in the Guide to Safe Scouting.
BSA Guide to Advancement:
The 2019 edition of the Guide to Advancement is currently available as a pdf version which can be downloaded from here:
Covid-19 Extension Request
Occoneechee Council has a form to use to request an extension to earn Eagle for Covid-19 related requests ONLY. You may download the form here:
Covid-19 FAQ are at https://www.scouting.org/coronavirus/covid-19-faq/
This form is only for Covid-19 related extension requests. A request for any other circumstance must use the published procedure in the Guide to Advancement.
Eagle Board of Review