Life To Eagle

Duncan Brown

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Eagle Scout is the highest rank attainable in the Boy Scouting program of the Boy Scouts of America (BSA).  A Scout who attains this rank is called an Eagle Scout or Eagle.  Since its introduction in 1911, the Eagle Scout rank has been earned by more than 2 million young men.  The title of Eagle Scout is held for life, thus giving rise to the phrase "Once an Eagle, always an Eagle".

Since America's earliest days, the eagle has been held in high the first inhabitants of this land, by the founders of our nation and by those in the Boy Scouts of America who created a time-honored process, by which young men could grow into resourceful and productive citizens.


Eagle Scout Courts of Honor

Eagle Scout Courts of Honor must not be scheduled until National has verified and confirmed the Eagle Scout Application following the Eagle Board of Review.  It is critical that the Board signed Council Verified Eagle Application be returned to Council for submission to National as quickly as possible after the successful Eagle Board of Review.  It takes several weeks for National to validate the documentation and generate the credentials for presentation at the Eagle Court of Honor.  Those are then mailed to Council.  The Unit Leader is notified when packages have been received and logged by Council.


Lowe’s National Eagle Scout Project Impact Grant 

For several years, Lowes generously offered to contribute to Eagle Scout projects. We do not yet have any indication as to whether Lowes intends to continu this program for 2016.  Information regarding the program will show up first on the BAC and National websites. 


Eagle Scout Service Project Workbook

In June 2014, a new Eagle Scout Service Project Workbook went into effect for use. The current workbook can be found on the National BSA web site, or the BAC website.  The workbook is a fillable PDF.  Previous versions of the workbook will not be accepted.  The project Workbook may be found at the following link:


Eagle Service Project Approval

Eagle Scout projects must be evaluated primarily on impact: the extent of benefit to the religious institution, school, or community, and on the leadership provided by the candidate. There must also be evidence of planning and development. This is not only part of the requirement but relates to practicing the Scout motto, “Be Prepared.”

The proposal must be completed using the Eagle Service Project workbook. It is an overview, but also the beginnings of planning. It shows the unit leader, unit committee, and council or district that the following tests can be met. For an Eagle Service Project proposal to be approved, it must show the following:

It provides sufficient opportunity to meet the Eagle Scout service project requirement.  The proposal must show that planning, development, and leadership will take place; and how the three factors will benefit a religious institution, a school, or community.

It appears to be feasible.  The proposal must show the project is realistic and able to be completed.

Safety issues will be addressed.  The proposal must show that the Scout has an understanding of what must be done to guard against injury, and what will be done if someone does get hurt.

Action steps for further detailed planning are included.  The proposal must include a list of the key steps which will be taken to make sure the plan has enough details to be carried out successfully.

National Pike District reviews are conducted monthly. These reviews are conducted the week of Roundtable. The review committee begins their reviews on Sunday prior to Roundtable; comments are consolidated at the end of the week, and Scouts are provided feedback once those comments have been consolidated. In order to meet this schedule proposals should be turned in to district reps at least two weeks prior to the reviews, in order to confirm all documentation has been received and the proposal is ready for review. 

Proposals turned in without signatures will not be reviewed.

Please see the LTE presentation below for additional details.


Eagle Coach position

With the new Eagle Workbook and new Advancement Guide, National created a position called the Eagle Project Coach.  Somewhat different than the Eagle Advisor, the Eagle Project Coach is responsible for advising the Eagle Scout Candidate, the Unit, and the benefitting organization, should such advice be needed. Since many Scouts have not taken on projects of magnitude, the Coach serves as an advisor, offering words of encouragement and guidance regarding the Eagle project.  The Eagle Project Coach can advise the unit when it appears that the Scout is taking steps which might be out of step with the unit, BSA policies and procedures, or local, county, or state laws.  It is not the Coach’s responsibility to make the Scout follow these, however, the Coach should advise that should the Scout not follow these, he is endangering the success of the Eagle project. Should the unit or the benefitting organization have questions regarding their responsibility to provide support to the Eagle Service Project activities, or seek counsel as to their rights associated with the Eagle project, the Eagle Project Coach is the person whom they should engage.

National BSA has delegated to the Councils the responsibility for determining who can or should serve as Eagle Coaches.  The Baltimore Area Council has determined the criteria which must be satisfied for individuals to be designated as Eagle Coaches:

  • The individual must be registered with BSA (a national requirement)
  • The individual must be youth protection trained (a national requirement)
  • The individual must receive training as an Eagle Coach (must be retaken every three years)
  • The individual must receive attend a youth Life to Eagle seminar

Baltimore Area Council has delegated to the districts the responsibility for maintaining the rosters of individuals within their districts who have met these requirements and are approved to serve as Eagle Coaches.  


Eagle Service Project Fundraising (from the Eagle Service Project Workbook)

If your fundraising effort involves contributions only from the beneficiary or you, your parents, or relatives, your unit or its chartered organization, or parents or members in your unit, submitting the fundraising application is not necessary.  If you will be obtaining money or materials from any other sources, you must submit a completed fundraising application.  You must use the fundraising form from the workbook and submit that form to the National Pike District Advancement Chair for approval.

Baltimore Area Council has issued additional guidance which is attached, but a clarification to the Project Workbook is contained here:

Scouts may ask for straight cash donations from ONLY:

  Charter Organization and its members

So what about funds from the Benefiting Organization?

  A benefiting organization may give a Scout the funds (whole or part) for his Eagle Project.

  A Scout may work with the Benefiting Organization to solicit members of the benefiting organization for funds to purchase materials for his project, not straight cash. (If members of the benefiting organization are going to give cash the Scout should directly associate those monies to a material item such as “lumber”).


Baltimore Area Council Eagle Reserve

The Eagle Reserve is a newly created alumni group in the Baltimore Area Council designed to re-engage Eagle Scouts who live and work in Central Maryland. With over 20,000 Eagle Scouts in Central Mayland, the Baltimore Area Council is committed to providing opportunities for Eagles Scouts to network and learn more about Scouting locally.

The Eagle Reserve is using small, network gatherings in local county restaurants to communicate about local Scouting success as well as to meet other Eagles.

Eagle Alumni of Central Maryland

If you are an Eagle Scout from any year, from anywhere…please subscribe to stay connected to Eagle Alumni in central Maryland. There are two easy ways…

Annual Gathering of Eagles

Only a few have the qualities it takes to attain the rank of Eagle Scout.  And that's why the Baltimore Area Council hosts an Annual Gathering of Eagles.   If you are an Eagle Scout from any year, from anywhere, you are invited to attend the Baltimore Area Council, Boy Scouts of America's Annual Gathering of Eagles.  Watch this web site or the Baltimore Area Council web site for announcements of the next gathering.

BAC Eagle Scout Internship Program

The National Eagle Scout Association (NESA) Committee of the Baltimore Area Council is pleased to announce the launch of a new Eagle Scout Internship Program and website.  The intention of the program is to develop partnerships with local companies and organizations to create internship or service learning opportunities for our Eagle Scouts to participate in.  Interested companies or Eagle Scouts can find more information here.



National Pike District LTE 2016.pdf


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