Advancement: Trail to Eagle Resources

Trail to Eagle Resources

Lowe’s National Eagle Scout Project Impact Grant Application (.doc)


COMMUNITY SERVICE REPORTING: Units are strongly encouraged to submit information about each Eagle Scout service project via the COMMUNITY SERVICE website.   The Recognition of Service certificate printed after the data has been submitted should be provided to the candidate by the unit and submitted with the Eagle Scout Service Workbook.

EAGLE DOCUMENTS: As of January 1, 2014, Council has a new policy encouraging electronic copies of Eagle documents.

EAGLE REQUIREMENTS: The 2013 Eagle Scout Application (link at left) highlights the option, effective January 1, 2014, of earning the new Sustainability Merit Badge as an alternative to Environmental Science. At the same date, Cooking became a required badge, as well.

Guide to Advancement: In order to stay current with National's continuing improvements to forms and documentation, we refer you to their authoritative website, especially for the Guide to Advancement, updated for 2013. The full pdf text of the 2013 edition may be downloaded here.

Our aim is to make pertinent forms and information available at this site for the Eagle Scout candidate.   Much of the content is related to the Eagle Scout service project.  We strongly encourage each Scout and his unit leaders to utilize this resource to better understand the process.  Too often a candidate will wait too long to begin the process of developing and obtaining approval of a project proposal.   To increase the probability of successfully completing the service project requirement for the rank of Eagle Scout, we recommend that the Scout plan to have his project proposal approved at least 6 months before his 18th birthday.    As we update the local processes, we will update the website.  Please check back to the advancement committee pages on the council website.


CHANGES TO RANK REQUIREMENTS.  Effective as of the release of the 2011 guide, Eagle Scout requirement 5 was changed to:

 While a Life Scout, plan, develop, and give leadership to others in a service project helpful to any religious institution, any school, or your community. (The project must benefit an organization other than Boy Scouting.)  A project proposal must be approved by the organization benefitting from the effort, your unit leader and unit committee, and the council or district before you start.  You must use the Eagle Scout Service Project Workbook, No. 512-927, in meeting this requirement.”  (Emphasis added)

This requirement formerly read, “The project plan must be approved …”   Scouts working on project plans at the time of release may choose to use either the changed, or previous, wording. The 2012 Boy Scout Requirements book will be updated accordingly.

The proposal must be approved before the Scout starts any fundraising or work on the project.   If the Scout jumps the gun, typically he will be asked to select a different project.

HEALTH AND SAFETY CONSIDERATIONS.  All Eagle Scout service projects constitute official Scouting activity and thus are subject to Boy Scouts of America policies and procedures. Projects are considered part of a unit’s program and are treated as such with regard to policies, procedures, and requirements regarding Youth Protection, two-deep leadership, etc. The health and safety of those working on Eagle projects must be integrated into project execution. As with any Scouting activity, the Guide to Safe Scouting applies.  And the “Sweet 16 of BSA Safety” must also be consulted as an appropriate planning tool. In April of 2012, National issued Age Guidelines for tool Use and Work at Elevations or Excavations, and Service Project Planning Guidelines. (The latter will be included in future revisions of the workbook.)

Changes are being made to the Guide to Safe Scouting that will affect how service projects are conducted.   The changes limit the use of hazardous power tools, machinery, and equipment, and also such activities as working at heights or on ladders, and driving motor vehicles.8 CEMENT 2011

Anyone under 18 who uses any power tool of any size must be supervised by a mature adult experienced in the use of the tool.   As a rule, Scouting activities may not include activities for youth that, by law, they would not be allowed to do in a workplace. It is important also to obey restrictions manufacturers impose or suggest for the use of their tools or other products, or potentially hazardous chemicals such as paints, stains, lacquers, etc.


PRIOR TO THE SCOUT’S 18TH BIRTHDAY all requirements for the Eagle Scout rank, except the board of review, must be completed (including obtaining all required signatures).

within 3 months after the SCOUT’s 18TH BIRTHDAY the board of review must be conducted. Although reasonable efforts are made to accommodate a candidate’s schedule, he should be prepared to make himself available at times when the board can convene. Procedures for scheduling boards of review and checking references vary by district. The candidate should contact the district advancement committee for details or he has any questions.

Eagle Scout Alumni Association

Eagle Board of Review Advancement Report
Eagle Scout Palm Application
Eagle Scout Rank Application

Eagle Scout Service Project Workbook

Eagle Scout Paperwork for Council and Boards of Review

Eagle Scout Service Project Fundraising Application

Council Fundraising Policy and Instructions

Community Service Reporting

Guide to Advancement Website

Guide to Advancement pdf

Application for Alternative
Eagle Scout Rank Merit Badges
National Eagle Scout Association

Guide to Safe Scouting

The Sweet 16 of BSA Safety

Age Guidelines for Tool Use and Work at Elevations
or Excavations

Service Project Planning Guidelines

Tour Permit Process

Black River District

Fishawack District

Munsee District

Raritan Valley District

Sussex District

Watchung Mountain District