Eagle Trail

Eagle Scout medal

The fact that a boy is an Eagle Scout has always carried with it a special significance, not only in Scouting but also as he enters higher education, business or industry, and community service.

Not every boy who joins a Boy Scout troop earns the Eagle Scout rank. In fact, only 4 percent of all Boy Scouts do so. More than 1.2 million Boy Scouts have earned the rank since 1911, and they make up only 0.512% of the U.S. male population. Eagle Scouts are a special breed!

This page is dedicated to the youth who strive to become a part of the small percent of young men who reach Scouting's highest achievement.


Suggesting An Eagle Project

If you are part of a religious institution, school, or community organization and would like to propose a project to be completed by an Eagle Scout candidate, you can submit your proposal here. The project should be one that the Scout can plan, develop, and serve as a leader to others. Your suggestion will be listed here for no less than 60 days. If you wish to resubmit your proposal after the listing has expired, you may do so.


Getting Started

Congratulations! You've earned the Life Scout rank and are ready to begin your Eagle Scout Service Project. Before you take the first step, carefully read the information on this page and print the documents and materials you'll need.

If you already know what you're Eagle Service Project is going to be, that's great! However, if you need some help in finding a project, you can select one from a list of suggested projects submitted by the the San Diego and Imperial Counties community here.


Starting Your Eagle Project

To meet National Boy Scout requirements, you must have your Eagle Scout Service Project Proposal approved by an Eagle Project Counselor before you begin your work. Click here for a listing of approved Eagle Project Counselors or ask your unit leader for a reference.

You must use an Eagle Service Project Counselor in current standing from the approved list. There are no other approved counselors.

Choose an Eagle Project Counselor, then call and make an appointment to meet with him/her immediately. Your counselor will assist you as develop a project proposal and continue to work with you as your Eagle Project Coach to help you develop a final plan.


Forms, Worksheets and Letters

As you plan and carry out your leadership service project, you must use the forms, worksheets and letter formats listed below.

  • Eagle Scout Rank Application - It can be filled out and saved out on your computer, or printed out and typed or completed by hand.
    NOTE: Beginning January 1, 2014 the Cooking Merit Badge is required for the rank of Eagle Scout.
  • Eagle Scout Service Project Workbook

    The Eagle Project Counselor will continue to work with the Eagle Scout candidate as Eagle Project Coach to assist the Scout as he writes The Final Plan.

    Eagle Scout Project Workbook - This workbook contains all project instructions and worksheets. It can be filled out and saved out on your computer, or printed out and typed or completed by hand.

    Please Note: Remember that others will be reading these pages. You should print, type, or write legibly using black or blue ink. You may add as many pages as needed to thoroughly complete the workbook.

    The Eagle Scout Service Project is tough enough. Confusing paperwork shouldn’t make it even more difficult. Fortunately for aspiring Eagle Scouts - and the parents and Scouters supporting them - the Eagle Scout Service Project Workbook (No. 512-927) is regularly refreshed to make it easier to use and understand.

    The latest upgrade came on May 20, 2014. The previous version of the workbook is no longer available, though Scouts who have already had their proposal approved using the old workbook may continue to use it.

    What changed? Nothing earth-shattering, just lots of subtle improvements: the informational parts have been reorganized, wording has been clarified, and more space is allotted in some areas for responses.

    The major improvements are as follows:

    1. All general information including the Message to Scouts and Parents or Guardians and the Excerpts and Summaries from the Guide to Advancement is now contained in the front of the workbook.
    2. The Contact Information page is included with the proposal.
    3. In some areas, information from title pages and from the Contact Information page will auto-populate fields elsewhere in the workbook.
    4. Some additional tables have been included (e. g. Other Needs) and certain fields will expand to accept additional text.
    5. A project description and impact section has been added at the beginning of the project report.
    6. The Navigating the Eagle Scout Service Project – Information for Project Beneficiaries document has been added to the back of the workbook. It is intended that the Eagle Scout candidate will provide this document to their project beneficiary and discuss it with them when they approach the beneficiary with their project idea. Note that there is a box on the proposal for the beneficiary to indicate that they received a copy of the document.

    Still see something in the workbook you’d improve if you could? Send your comments to our council advancement chair, Doris McCarthy, and she will submit them to the advancement committee at National.

  • Recommendation Letter and Envelope.You should request a letter of recommendation from every reference listed on your Eagle Scout Rank Application! See below for detailed instructions regarding letters of recommendation.

Letters of Recommendation

Everyone you list on your Eagle Scout Rank Application should write a letter of recommendation on your behalf. The letter of recommendation is confidential and is not to be returned directly to you. It should be sent or delivered by the writer, in a sealed envelope with your name on it, to your unit committee person designated to collect these letters. Letters sent by email or fax are not confidential and therefore not acceptable.

The unit committee person will collect all letters and hold onto them until your completed Eagle Scout Rank Application and your Eagle Scout Service Project Workbook are ready to turn in to the Council Service Center. You should not be involved personally in transmitting any correspondence between persons listed as references and the Council.

Use the letter and envelope formats listed above for all of your letters of recommendation. They include instructions for the letter writers and the unit committee person who'll be collecting them. Make sure you provide the letter writers with an addressed, stamped envelope and request that they be written and sent as soon as possible.

Do not delay submitting your paperwork to council if the reference letters have not been received. The Eagle Scout Rank Application and the Eagle Scout Service Project Workbook should be submitted BEFORE your 18th birthday.


Scholarships

The San Diego-Imperial Council Eagle Scout Alumni Association maintains a list of scholarships available through local and national sponsors. Each scholarship has it's own criteria and application deadline, so read them carefully.


NESA Eagle Scout Service Project of the Year Award

The National Eagle Scout Association has established the Glenn A. and Melinda W. Adams National Eagle Scout Service Project of the Year Award to recognize valuable service of an exceptional nature by a Scout for his Eagle Scout leadership service project. The San Diego-Imperial Council will select a local winner, and from that pool, each region will pick a region-level winner. A national winner then will be selected from the four regional finalists.


Great Links, Helpful Hints

The following websites will provide information on special organizations, as our Council's Eagle Scout Alumni Association. If you know of other Eagle related links that we should include, contact the Council Webmaster.

  • The SDIC Eagle Scout Alumni Association (ESAA) - The ESAA was created with the express purpose to support and elarge the success of the Boy Scout movement and build fellowship among adult Eagles, ages 18 and older, in San Diego and Imperial Counties.

    The ESAA achieves this purpose by retaining its 18 year old Eagle Scouts and recruiting as many as possible older Eagle Scouts to become Scouting volunteers, by supporting activities within the Council that promote the Scouts, advancement along the trail to Eagle, and by giving recognition to the young men who earn the rank of Eagle Scout.

    When you receive your Eagle rank and are 18 years old, you will be eligible for membership in this local association. Applications are available at the Council service center or from any ESAA member. ESAA is the only local organization of Eagle Scouts. For more information, visit our Website.