Project Guidelines & Restrictions





Eagle Project Guidelines




            • The scout, not the leader or parent makes the decisions and plans and runs the project.



In many cases, candidates will not have undertaken something like an Eagle service project.  This, we want them to obtain guidance from others, share ideas, seek plan reviews, and go trough other processes professional project planners might use.  But like a professional, the Scout makes the decisions.  He must not simply follow others’ directions to the point where his own input becomes insignificant.

            • Your project must present an opportunity for planning, development, and leadership. For example, if you chose a project where an organization provides you a set of “canned” instructions to be implemented with no further planning, the planning effort would not meet the test. You may need to meet with the beneficiary and work out an approach that requires planning, development, and leadership (more about how to meet this requirement in Step Two).



            • Your project must have a definite impact for the organization for whom you are doing the project. You must meet with the beneficiary and have them define the needs of the organization.  Your project must fulfill that need.  It must be above and beyond the scope of a normal service project. State the beneficiary need and your goal to fill that need in your project proposal.



            • There is no requirement that the project must have lasting value.



            • There is no minimum hour requirement for the project.



            • Your project does not need to be original.



Eagle Project Restrictions


The following types of projects are restricted by our Council.  If you choose this type of project, you will need to follow the guidelines provided in order for your project to be approved and for it to pass your Board of Review.  You can also expect a closer examination of your proposal and final paperwork to ensure the guidelines have been met. Click the blue links below for more information….

  •  Piggyback Projects

Your project must be a separate and unique project. It may not “piggyback” off an event or project. 

 A project may not be a fundraiser. In other words, it may not be an effort that primarily collects money, even for a worthy charity. Fundraising is permitted only for securing materials and facilitating a project, and it may need to be approved by your council. See “Eagle Scout Service Project Fundraising Application” in your Eagle Project Workbook.

  • Routine Labor projects are normally not acceptable…

Routine labor is not normally considered appropriate for a project. This might be defined as a job or service that a Scout may provide as part of his daily life, or a routine maintenance job normally done by the beneficiary (for example, picking the weeds on the football field at a school). But the real test has to do with scale and impact.  If “routine labor” is conducted on so large a scale it requires planning, development, and leadership, it may have sufficient impact.

  • As of August 2014 Tiny Tim’s Toys Projects are no longer allowed by the Utah National Parks Council.  Projects that were already approved by the District prior to August of 2014 will be allowed to be completed but no new projects will be approved for this beneficiary.


Additional Restrictions

  • No more than one scout may receive credit for working on the same Eagle Scout service project.
  • Projects may not be performed for the BSA, it’s councils, districts, units, or properties.
  • Projects must be for non-profit organizations like churches, schools, and government rather than individuals or organizations that operate for profit.  The exception being that a project may benefit a for-profit organization when going through a non-profit group servicing that organization.  For example Primary Children’s Hospital is a for profit organization, but Festival of the Trees, is a non-profit organization which benefits it.  If you have any questions about whether an organization is non-profit, call and ask them.

While projects may not be of a commercial nature or for a business, this is not meant to disallow work for community institutions, such as museums and service agencies (like homes for the elderly, for example), that would otherwise be acceptable. Some aspect of a business operation provided as a community service may also be considered—for example, a park open to the public that happens to be owned by a business.



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