District Advancement Committee Contacts

Jim Grant
Harford District Advancment Chair
1711 Sable Ct
Bel Air MD 21014
Mobile: (443) 271-3390

Internet Advancement Reporting for Units

Effective April 2, 2017, use of the on-line Internet Advancment System will be mandatory. Please find below a presentation
on how to use the Internet Advancment system.

Council/District Internet Advancment Training Presentation ==> Internet Advancment Training - Revision 2.0

See the following link, HD Internet Advancement Resources and Training

For additional information, please Contact Jim Grant.

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Life to Eagle Seminar

To: All Life Scouts, parents, and Unit Leaders
This course is for those Scouts seeking the rank of Eagle Scout. It reviews the process and procedures to progress from the rank of Life Scout to Eagle Scout with concentration on completing the Eagle Service Project. 

Who Should Attend:
This seminar is open to all Life Scouts, parents (Scout's Parents/Guardian are highly encouraged to attend), Unit Leaders, and Eagle Project Coaches.

Navigate to the following links and download and print both the Eagle Scout Service Project Workbook and the 2016 Eagle Scout Rank Application. Please read and study this information before you attend.

What to Bring:
A parent and the printed Eagle Scout Service Project Workbook and Eagle Applications

The next Life-to-Eagle seminar will be held on April 12, 2017, 7-9PM @ Fallston Firehall
Pre-registration is requested by 4/11/2017.

Click here to register or for more information (2017 Spring Life-to-Eagle Seminar)

Eagle Coach Training

This course is for those Troop-level adult volunteers interested in becoming qualified to guide Boy Scouts aspiring to complete their Eagle Scout requirements, including navigating the Life-to-Eagle with concentration on completing the Eagle Service Project.  You do not have to be an Eagle Scout to take this training and coach Eagle candidates. For those who have taken this training before, it is a great refresher course for you to keep up with any BSA National changes in the Eagle Scout process.

The next Eagle Coach Training will be held on March 15, 2017, 7-9PM @ Fallston Firehall
Pre-registration is requested by 3/14/2017.

Click here to register or for more information (2017 Spring Eagle Coach Training)


The following document is a guide (in a check list type format) that can be used to help guide you through the Life Scout to Eagle Scout rank process.

Please read through the entire guide before you start the Eagle rank process (about 20 minutes to read it cover to cover)

Start Here ==> Harford District – Life to Eagle Process - Check List Version (01-23-2017)

Do not begin any work on your project, raise any money, or obtain any materials for your project until your project proposal has been approved by the Harford District Advancement Committee.



    The Harford District Advancement Committee (HDAC) schedules and performs the Life to Eagle seminars, to assist Eagle Scout candidates,  obtain information on the current process and changes to the Eagle Scout rank requirements twice per calendar year. Usually once in March and once in October. Check the Harford District calendar for exact dates and location. While the Life-to-Eagle seminar attendance is optional, the Harford District Advancement committee highly recommends attending this seminar. Parents/Guardian, Project Coaches as well as Scouts should attend.

    Contact your unit’s Scoutmaster and /or Advancement Chair and ask them for the list of approved Eagle Project Coaches for your unit (Eagle Project coaches have attended the Harford District Eagle Project Coach training). If your unit does not have an Eagle Project Coach then contact the District Advancement committee at and the committee will attempt to find a coach willing to work with you.

    While there is no requirement to use a Project Coach, the Harford District Advancement Committee highly recommends that Eagle Scout candidates choose and actively work with an Eagle Project Coach to aid the Scout in completing the Eagle Scout Service Project.


The Eagle Candidate should complete the Eagle Scout Service Project Proposal Pages A through E in its entirety. When completing the project “Proposal Page B - Contact Information”  
Please u
se the following contact information:

Council or District Project Approval Representative

Your Council Service Center
(Baltimore Area Council)

Jim Grant
Harford District Advancement Chair
1711 Sable Ct
Bel Air, MD 21014

e-mail:  (preferred contact method)
Mobile: (443) 271-3390

Denise Shoemaker
701 Wyman Park Drive
Baltimore, MD 21211
Phone: (443) 573-2500


Print a copy “Navigating the Eagle Scout Service Project - Information for Project Beneficiaries” (two pages) from the Eagle Scout Workbook and supply a hardcopy to the project beneficiary. On Project Proposal Page E obtain the following signatures (the preferred order is as follows):

  1. Candidate's Promise – Please read the pledge and note the fact that you are indicating that you have read the complete project workbook.
  2. Beneficiary Approval - Be sure to have the Project Beneficiary, sign and date the proposal as well complete the check box indicating that they have received the “Navigating the Eagle Scout Service Project - Information for Project Beneficiaries” document.
  3. Unit Leader Approval - Unit leader’s signature and date.
  4. Unit Committee Approval – Check with your Scoutmaster or Project Coach as who has the ability to approve the Eagle Service Projects within your unit’s committee. This varies unit by unit.

TIP:  Obtain signatures and approvals for the Eagle Scout Service Project Fundraising Application (if required) at the same time you are getting approval for your proposal. 

If for some reason you need to reprint Proposal Page E after signatures have been obtained, leave the original copy and place the new copy in your workbook along-side the original.


Obtain District approval of the Project Proposal. If you are also holding a fundraising event, you will also need District approval for your Eagle Scout Service Project Fundraising Application.

The Harford District Advancement committee reviews Eagle Project Proposals each month at Harford District Round-table.  Harford District Round-table is held the 2nd Monday evening of each month August through May. There is no pre-scheduling requirement for Project Proposal Reviews, although its highly recommended to send an e-mail to signifying your desire for a project proposal review. Please include your name and unit number when sending this e-mail.

Roundtable is held at:
The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter Day Saints

2810 Emmorton Road, Abingdon, MD 21009
Start time is: 7:00PM

For months when there is no round-table scheduled you can contact the Harford District Advancement Chair to schedule an appointment to review your proposal. Keep in mind that we have over 25 units and approximately 100 Eagle Candidates per year. Please make every attempt to attend round-table for Eagle Project Proposals

If you cannot attend round-table or if you have an urgent time sensitive project, the advancement committee will make every attempt to accommodate your request, however, these appointments are scheduled at the convenience of the Advancement committee.

For approval request outside of round-table contact the Harford District Advancement Chair.

TIP:  Please: “Be Prepared”, plan ahead and do not procrastinate. Lack of planning on the Eagle Candidate’s part does not make it a priority for the Advancement Committee.


The Boy Scouts of America implemented a new Boy Scout program in 2016 with new advancement requirements.

The new 2016 advancement requirements are now mandatory -- regardless of rank -- as of January 1, 2017.

The BSA established 2016 as a transition year, allowing Boy Scouts to choose whether
to use the new requirements or finish up their current rank with the old ones.

Now that it’s 2017, every Boy Scout must use the new requirements.

Where can I find the new Boy Scout requirements?

The BSA has made it easy for you, providing this printable Handbook insert and this PDF.
(Here is the Spanish version.)

Want a side-by-side comparison of old vs. new?

Click here for a side-by-side comparison.

What are the big changes?

  •     Number of required camping nights has increased
  •     Number of required service hours has increased
  •     Emphasis on physical fitness has increased
  •     Scout is now its own rank
  •     Boy Scouts are required to tell about their duty to God at each rank

What if I still have questions?

Please contact:

Jim Contact
Harford District Advancement Chair


2015 Guide to Advancement

Guide to Safe Scouting


Sweet 16 of BSA Safety


Service Project Planning Guidelines


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Special Needs Advancement

If you’re Unit has a scout with special needs. Click here to download our Special Need scouts documentation that explains the procedures on how to go about getting the necessary paperwork filled out and submitted

Contact John Gillette for assistance with advancement for Special Needs Scouts.

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