Life to EagleThe Eagle Scout is the highest rank a Scout can earn. We have gathered the resources that you need to get started.

 

Troop 818 Life to Eagle Process


When you complete your Life Rank Board of Review you should set an appointment to meet with the Assistant Scoutmaster or Scoutmaster serving as the Eagle Advisor. The job of the Eagle Advisor is to encourage you to make decisions that will ultimately lead to your success. They will assist you through the process, offer suggestions and help you successfully complete the required paperwork.

After setting your appointment you should visit the council website and download the Life to Eagle Checklist for the Cimarron Council. This document will help guide you through the process and will be used by your advisor with you.

At your first meeting with the Eagle Advisor you will:

  1. Set a target date for completing the requirements, and make sure it’s several months before you turn 18,
  2. Break larger goals into smaller, more manageable and attainable goals,
  3. Develop a plan to concentrate on merit badges first and then the service project (or vice versa) so you won’t feel overwhelmed,
  4. Be encouraged to complete Family Life, Personal Fitness and Personal Management merit badges if you have not yet. All have requirements that take several months and you should get them out of the way early.

You should be prepared for each step along the way to take longer than you think it will.

After your first visit with your advisor you will request a ScoutNET report from the council. This report will detail your career as a Boy Scout. This report must be accurate. If there are inaccuracies you will need to provide documentation (signed handbook, advancement cards, etc) so that the inaccuracies can be fixed. Contact the council here.

All requirements to earn the Eagle Rank, including the Scoutmaster's Conference, must be completed before a Scout's 18th birthday. If a Scout turns 18 on April 22 he must complete his requirements by 11:59 PM, April 21.

Life to Eagle Workshop
The Cimarron Council holds annual Life to Eagle workshops. We encourage Scouts and parents who are currently Life Scouts, or who are close to earning the Life rank, to attend the workshop.

Eagle Scout Rank Requirements
A Scout must complete the current requirements to earn the Eagle Rank. If a Scout completed his Life board of review in 2013 and begins to complete the requirements toward Eagle he will have to complete any new requirements that are added in 2014. There is no exception to this rule, no matriculation and no grandfather clause available.

Position of Responsibility
Serving actively in a position of responsibility – A Scout should have their Scoutmaster note that you actively fulfilled the responsibilities of your position by signing the requirement in your handbook. You do not have to serve in one position to fulfill the requirement and may use multiple positions served after your Life board of review. Your period of responsibility begins the day after you are elected.

Example: If you are elected to the position of Senior Patrol Leader on February 5, then you would start counting you period of service on February 6. 

Eagle Scout Service Project
For some the Eagle Scout Service Project is the hardest part of the Life to Eagle process. However, if a Scout plans carefully and uses available resources you will be successful.

You can begin the Eagle Scout Service Project at any point after you complete your Life board of review. You do not have to wait until any of the other Eagle rank requirements are met before beginning.

An Eagle Scout project doesn’t have to result in something permanent such as a playground or nature trail; events like a book drive or a bicycle rodeo also can count. There is also no requirement that the project be original or take a minimum number of hours, so long as the Scout has room to plan and give leadership.

There are some limitations:

  • Routine labor (a job or service normally rendered) should not be considered.
  • Projects involving council property or other BSA activities are not acceptable.
  • Projects may not normally be performed for businesses or an individual.
  • Projects may not be of a commercial nature.
  • Projects may not be fundraisers. Money-earning projects are permitted only to secure materials needed to carry out the project.

The workbook is the document where you will put everything. As you work through the workbook you must have all signatures (unit and Council) before you begin.

If you have an approved project but decide to make changes you must obtain signatures verifying that it is approved.

  • Example 1: If your project is to plant 200 pine trees in the park and you or the park decides that you should plant 50 trees this is a change that you should get signatures.
  • Example 2: If your project is to plant 200 pine trees in the park and it is changed from pine trees to ash trees then you most likely would not need to obtain signatures. Check with the adult leader who signed your original project to make sure.

In either example you should work with your Eagle Advisor who can help you determine if signatures are required.

Take pictures! These pictures should be included in your workbook as evidence of what your project looked like before, during and after your project. These pictures should be placed in your project workbook.

Consider placing a marker at your project, especially if it is permanent, that tells your name, Troop 818 and the fact that it was an Eagle project. You will be helping to show the community the benefit of Scouting.

Project Reminders

  • An Eagle Scout service project is first and foremost an activity of the Boy Scouts of America. If your project includes people from other organizations (church, FFA, 4H, etc.) then they must adhere to the policies included in the Guide to Safe Scouting. As an example, the BSA does not allow tools like a circular saw to be used by those 18 or younger. During the course of the project all people must adhere to this rule regardless of their affiliation. If they are a member of the partnering organization and it allows use of circular saws by those 18 and younger the BSA policy prohibits them from doing so while working on the Eagle Scout service project.

Steps in the Eagle project process

  • Develop an idea for your project.
  • Meet with the beneficiary. If they agree with your project it is time to write out your project in the current workbook.
  • Return to your beneficiary and have them sign the Eagle Scout project workbook.
  • Meet with your Scoutmaster and obtain his signature.
  • Meet with the committee chair and obtain his signature. 
  • After you have signatures from the beneficiary, Scoutmaster and committee chair you are ready to contact the council representative. Set a date and location to meet with them and wear your uniform. This must be the last signature you obtain before you begin your project. You must have all four signatures before you begin work on your project.
  • Obtain signature from the council representative. 
  • Complete your project .
  • Obtain a signature from the beneficiary that you completed the project.
  • Obtain a signature from your Scoutmaster that you completed the project. 

 

Completing Your Eagle Scout Rank Application

  • Complete the current Eagle Scout Rank Application. You will need to check the dates of everything that you put on the application against your Scoutnet report. These must match.
  • Sign the application.
  • Obtain a signature from your Scoutmaster.
  • Obtain a signature from your committee chair.
  • You are now ready to turn in your Eagle Scout Rank Application in your Eagle packet.

Eagle Scout Application Hints

  • Date became a Boy Scout is not the date you earned the Scout Rank. Contact the council office to receive the exact date.
  • Make sure that you have a total of 21 merit badges earned after the date you became a Boy Scout.
  • Make sure that the dates on your application match Scoutnet.

Statement of Ambitions and Life Purpose

This is an excellent opportunity for you to tell members of your board of review what you do outside Scouting. The statement will reveal who you have become in several ways and will find that those who have been successful in Scouting have that ambition spread to other areas of their life.

Most Scouts don't consider this well enough to remember all the things they do. And it is key to something that will help you all your life - that being establishing a good self-esteem, which, by the way, is to do good things and remember what you did!

List all the various awards and honors you've achieved along the way. These may be a medals, plaques, or certificates, but could also be a different type of honor. For example a note from a principal or organization you volunteer with that recognizing your contributions. Or maybe a letter from an elected official thanking you for being their assistant (like a Page) for a season. Maybe it's a newspaper article mentioning you. If it made you feel honored, it counts!

Turning In Your Packet

When you turn in your packet of information you will need to include the following items:

  • Completed and properly signed Eagle Scout Rank Application.
  • Completed and properly signed Eagle Scout Service Project Workbook 
  • Your statement of Life Purpose and Ambitions
  • The contact information of a potential board of review member that you would like to invite to set on your board. This may be a school teacher, church member or other family friend. 

Please note that you may or may not have letters of recommendation to turn in. You do not have to wait until you receive them or are notified by the Scoutmaster that they are in his possession to turn in your paperwork.

At this point the council representative will contact you to conduct your board of review. 

Preparing for the Eagle Board of Review
The Eagle Board of Review is a review of your Scouting activities. The review is not a test. As it is not a test you cannot fail. However, you can be unprepared for your review and asked to prepare and come back for a second review.

Items to take with you

  • Dress in your Class A uniform
  • Bring your Boy Scout Handbook that has been signed through your Scouting career. We suggest you use the time between turning in your paperwork and your board of review date to make sure that everything is signed in your book.

The date you complete your board of review is the date you become an Eagle Scout. However, there are still things that must happen before you can set a date for your court of honor. Paperwork must be turned in and signatures obtained before the packet is sent to the national office. Once the national office approves the application a packet will be sent from council to the Scoutmaster that has the stuff you will need for your court of honor.

This process may take 8-12 weeks after your board of review. Please be patient. If you have not heard anything in 12 weeks please contact the Scoutmaster so that he can follow up for you.


Eagle Scout Court of Honor
The highlight of the Life to Eagle process, and perhaps your Scouting career, is the Eagle Scout Court of Honor. A Scout from Troop 818 has many options when considering where to hold their court of honor. You are always welcome to use the Scout Hut. Some Scouts choose to contact the First United Methodist Church and use the Fellowship Hall. If you have a place where you would like to hold it that is fine as well. We also have decorations that you are welcome to use. These include the American, Oklahoma and Troop 818 flags and three Boy Scout/Eagle Scout banners. Scouts are also welcome to use troop candle holders and other props that we have collected over the years of conducting Eagle Scout court of honors.

Do not set the date of your court of honor until you complete your board of review and are confirmed as an Eagle Scout. The process from completing your board of review to your Scoutmaster receiving your Eagle kit will take time.

Do not set the date for your court of honor for a minimum of eight weeks after you complete your board of review.

Eagle Scout Congratulatory Letters - Some Scouts invite people from the community to attend the court of honor. This may include the mayor, city council members, the school superintendent, high school principal, technology center superintendent, a college president where they have been accepted, a dean, celebrities, national, state and local politicians or others. The invites may also include a request for a letter or note of congratulations from the person invited if they can not attend. Get creative. If your Scout has particular interest or hero consider contacting them and inviting them.

When you send the invite consider including additional information besides the fact that they earned the rank of Eagle and the name of their project. Include information about their work to get to the Eagle rank. How many merit badges did they earn, did they go to summer camp or high adventure activities, they served on camp staff, etc. The more you include the more personal a request may be.

Need help getting started in contact people? You can work with the Scoutmaster or here is a great list.

Eagle Kit - Each new Eagle Scout will receive an Eagle Kit. In this kit is their Eagle card, medal, patch and pins. The pins included in the kit are the Mothers Pin, the Fathers Pin and the Mentor Pin.

The Eagle Scout may present the Mentor Pin to the person who served as his "Mentor" as he worked toward Eagle. Each new Eagle Scout should use his own judgement in deciding to whom to present the pin. This person could be the Scoutmaster, an Assistant Scoutmaster, a Committee Member, a merit badge Counselor, a sibling, another relative, or someone else who helped or encouraged him along his Trail to Eagle. The person could be a parent but try to avoid presenting the pin to a parent since your parents are already being recognized with special pins. There is only one Mentor pin included in the kit but the Eagle may order additional Mentor pins from the Scout Supply as he feels appropriate.

Eagle Resources


Eagle Scout Service Project Workbook

The most current workbook must be used. It can be found at The workbook shows the project proposal was approved ahead of time,and then properly accepted by all parties when finished.

Eagle Scout Service Project Workbook

Eagle Scout Application

The Scout must complete the official Eagle Scout Rank Application, No.512-728. No other form or application method is permitted.

Eagle Scout Application

 

Eagle Scout candidate letter of reference


Congratulations! An Eagle Scout candidate must demonstrate that he lives by the principles of the Scout Oath, and Law in his daily life.  In this regard, the candidate has indicated that you know him personally, and that you would be willing to provide a letter of reference on his behalf.

Please note that the contents of the letter will NOT be shown to or discussed with the candidate, nor with anyone not a member of the Eagle Scout Board of Review.

Now that you know the importance of the letter of reference you may be asking where do you begin? We hope that these tips will help you as you write your letter.

  • Use your professional letterhead if applicable.
  • You should include the Eagle candidates name.
  • You should describe your relationship with the candidate. Are you the family minister, a teacher, maybe his employer? Did you know him as a Cub Scout? Where you a former Scout leader? Perhaps you were a merit badge counselor? Maybe you represent the organization that benefited from the candidates Eagle Scout service project?
  • How long have you known the candidate?
  • How does the Scout embody the Scout Oath and Law in his everyday life? Have you witnessed a specific act, or series of behaviors that leads you to believe this?
  • How has the candidate contributed to his school and his community?

On behalf of the Eagle candidate, we at Troop 818 would like to say thank you for taking the time and care to write a letter of reference. You play an important role in the success of the candidate and we appreciate your efforts.
 
If you have any questions please do not hesitate to contact either the candidate or the Scoutmaster at This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.

 

National Eagle Scout Service Project of the Year


Eagle Scouts are encouraged to apply for the National Eagle Scout Service Project of the Year. Eagle Scouts must apply during the year that they complete their Board of Review. Deadlines are posted on the council website.

Troop 818 is honored to have a past recipient of the NESSPY.

National Eagle Scout Service Project of the Year

 

Eagle Palms


After you earn the Eagle rank you can continue to earn Eagle palms until your 18th birthday. Tenure and merit badges are required.

Eagle Palm Application

 

National Eagle Scout Association


Some parents of Scouts give their new Eagle a membership in the The National Eagle Scout Association. NESA began when in April 1925 the Knights of Dunamis was formed and in the early 1970's the name changed to the National Eagle Scout Association. The purpose of the association is "to serve Eagle Scouts and, through them, the entire movement of Scouting."

NESA annually provides resources, scholarships and more to Eagle Scouts. Starter memberships to Life memberships are available.

National Eagle Scout Association