Eagle Projects

Hello Life Scouts of Troop 990 -
I'm excited to work with you on your Eagle project so that it'll be one you'll remember with pride for the rest of your life.  Don't forget to simultaneously knock out your other requirements. You'll need to finish all Eagle requirements before your 18th birthday, so don't forget to knock out those merit badges while you work on your project.  The merit badge counselors can help you get through those as well, so make sure to keep active on them. 
The first step for the eagle project is for us to have a kick off meeting, so let's schedule that first between you, me and your mom and/or dad.  If you can, you could do a draft of a project proposal before the meeting, for us to run through together, but if you don't have any ideas yet, don't worry about it. We'll have the meeting first so you understand the process and then we'll start getting you some ideas about projects. 

The hardest part is getting started, but the following should help you get started thinking about your project. Here is the link to the Eagle project Workbook. It is very important to use this version in order to get District approval.

It is best if you read the instructions to the workbook a couple times. As you read, consider carefully how your project meets the project requirements.

All Eagle Scout Projects are judged primarily as sufficient if they offer a significant impact to the beneficiary. But additionally, all eagle projects must demonstrate a scout’s leadership and management. As per section 1 of “What an Eagle Scout Candidate should expect” of “Message to Scouts and Parents or Guardians,” you should expect to be questioned and probed regarding the mechanics, impact and leadership of your project. The final sufficiency determination will not be made by me or your Scoutmaster, but rather at your final Board of Review. It is the BOR that ultimately approves the sufficiency of the executed project after it is done. The last thing you want is to have your project deemed insufficient at your BOR.

Your project needs to have significant benefit to the community, but you will also need to articulate that clearly. As part of this process, you will need to identify a specific beneficiary. They are the ones that “sign off” on the benefit.  

Given these realities, it is always best to create a detailed and well thought out proposal. Such a proposal will
• limit questioning by individuals required to initially approve your project,
• help you enumerate details regarding your project during your Eagle BOR and
• define expectations for the beneficiary.

Other information you will need to fill out your proposal will be provided when we get started.

The following is a link to the Bee Caves District Eagle Process flow diagram. It will define all the required steps from Life scout to Eagle Scout. The Eagle Project is a significant part of this diagram. I would recommend that you review it carefully.

I hope this helps. If you have any questions, please feel free to contact me.

I look forward to receiving your first draft of the proposal.

-Eric Manchin
Troop 990 Eagle Project coordinator / coach
(512) 963-9283