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What's so special about Eagle Scout?

Becoming an Eagle Scout is no small achievement. In fact, among adults who have gone on to become astronauts, doctors, politicians, or business leaders, most of them will say that earning their Eagle is clearly among the most important achievements in their lives.

Back to the question...WHY?

Look at it from this angle...ADVANCEMENT is completely up to the individual Scout. If he has no desire or sense of committment to advance in rank, that is his choice. IT IS POSSIBLE for a boy to attend EVERY meeting and EVERY camping trip, and never make it through 1/2 of the available ranks if he isn't motivated enough to take the extra step of demonstrating skills or earning merit badges. Statistically speaking, only 2 out of 100 boys in Scouting will push themselves to become Eagle Scouts.

The "Trail to Eagle" is one of persistance, dedication, well-rounded learning experiences by earning 21+ merit badges, strong attendance at meetings and camping trips, and hundreds of hours of community service...all culminating with the planning and complete execution of his "Eagle Project" before his 18th birthday.

The "Eagle Project" is SO MUCH MORE than "giving something back to the community" (which it is, and let's not minimize the importance of community and charity). It is actually his "final exam" in Scouting.

He manages his Eagle Project. He will put to use all of the lessons he has learned as a Boy Scout; communicating, organizing, recruiting, conceiving an idea, selling the idea, planning the work, assigning work details to those helping him, being the "accountant" that tracks the hours worked and the money spent, etc. In every conceiveable way, HE is the "project leader".

THESE are the highly desirable skills and traits that makes "Eagle Scout" stand out on a job resume or college application, and the fact that such skills and moral foundations are learned/mastered before "society" recognizes him as an "adult"...simply amazing!

What is an "Eagle Project"?

An "Eagle Project" is a project that is ORGANIZED and MANAGED by a Life Scout who is working towards the Eagle rank. There are guidelines for Eagle Projects that will be described below, but in its most simple definition, it is a community service project where the Eagle Candidate shows off his LEADERSHIP ABILITY. It is not for the candidate to "do" the work, but to provide the organization and leadership so the work can get done.

Does an Eagle Project need a certain number of "minimum hours"?
No. There is no set minimum for a project, although most average more than 100 hours of combined service. However, the length of work must be long enough that there is AMPLE OPPORTUNITY for a Scout to show/demonstrate actual "leadership".

Does an Eagle Project have to be unique?
Yes & No. An Eagle Project does NOT need to be "unique", but it should be unique FOR HIM. A Scout who simply repeats a project he worked on with another Scout is NOT "leading"...he's "repeating" someone else. Remember, PLANNING is a big part of the project/process. 

Does an Eagle Project require "building" something?
No. An Eagle Project can be a SERVICE, but it cannot be "routine service"...such as raking leaves at his church, spreading mulch, or cutting the lawn. An example of a non-routine service may be the planning/organizing/executing of a clothing drive, blood drive, or canned food drive. By PERSONAL PREFERENCE, many Scouts like "building" something that they can come back to years later and say "That was my project".

Does an Eagle Project require all of the Scouts to work on it?
No. There must be some involvement of the Troop (leaders) so that those who will be sitting on a candidate's Board of Review can say they saw leadership qualities, but that does not mean all of the labor has to come from Scouts. If the candidate wants to call upon friends, family, or contract labor, that's up to him as the "foreman" to hire the right people to get the job done. However, it is "healthy" when workers include the Troop members as it gives all the Scouts a feeling of participation and the motivation for their own Eagle endeavors.

Does an Eagle Project have to cost a certain amount of money?
No. If money is needed, it is up to the candidate to raise it through donations, fundraising, or it can be self-funded. The only stipulation is that there can be NO money left over. Any leftover money must be returned to those who donated it.

Does an Eagle Project have to benefit Scouting?
It CANNOT! Once again, the BSA shows itsvalue to the surronding community. Eagle Projects are done for organizations OUTSIDE of the Boy Scouts of America.

Can an Eagle Project be done on Government property?
Yes. Please note that the nature of "government" is slow and full of "approval processes". Doing any work on government land or for government agencies will require permits, approvals, etc....that can take quite some time. Scouts should ask these questions in the early stages of his project. Government land projects are NOT a good idea for a boy who is facing the "timeout" of his 18th birthday as government delays may cause him to MISS his Eagle opportunity.

Can an Eagle Project be done after his 18th birthday?
No. There is a 60 day time gap after a boy's 18th birthday to file his application for Eagle and have his Board of Review, but ALL WORK (project, leadership, merit badges, rank) has to be done prior to his 18th birthday unless he has ALREADY been granted a waiver for medical/developmental purposes.

He's a really good kid, a student, involved in sports, etc...Is there ANY way to get an extension on time?
No. All work for the Eagle Rank must be completed before a boy's 18th birthday. No exceptions.

Do adults help in the Eagle Project?
Absolutely! Just because its "his" project doesn't mean he's expected to be a structural engineer, electrician, or master carpenter. An Eagle Candidate may reach out and solicit assistance from the RIGHT RESOURCES in order to plan/execute his project. Remember, his job is not to be the guy swinging the hammer or drawing the plans...but HIRING the right people.  

Is there a special way for Eagle Projects to be done?
Yes. Please reference the BSA Eagle Project Workbook for a step-by-step guide (and approvals) needed to complete an Eagle Project. 

Troop 219 Eagle Scouts

 Eagle Scout is the highest attainable rank in Boy Scouting and requires years of dedication and hard work. Scouts must demonstrate proficiency in leadership, service, and outdoor skills at multiple levels before achieving the rank of Eagle. Fewer than 5 percent of Boy Scouts earn the Eagle badge.


  • The first Eagle badge was awarded in 1912
  • Only about 2 percent of all Boy Scouts earn the Eagle rank
  • The 1 millionth Eagle Scout was honored in 1982
  • In 2008, a record 52,025 scouts earned the rank of Eagle
  • The 2 millionth Eagle Scout was honored in 2009



 Calvin T. Burbadge  1956
 Roger Thomas Burbage (Post 219)  1958
 David L. Canon  1969
 John L. Charlton, Jr.  1969
 James H.D. Jones, III  1969
 Barry R. Charlton  1973
 Edward E. Fuller  1973
 Mark H. Hudgins  1973
 Hauke D. Powers  1973
 Paul D. Clements  1974
 George P. Mason, III  1974
 Thomas Lewis Bookman, Jr.  1975
 Joseph G. Cotton  1976
 Dave L. Mason  1976
 Terry L. Brumsey  1977
 Keith R. Sawyer  1977
 Kenneth A. Sawyer  1977
 James F. Fritts  1980
 Robert H. Shea, Jr.  1980
 Brian K. Bright  1981
 Stanley W. Butts  1982
 Fredrick Scott Corvello  1983
 Paul D. Long  1983
 Mark T. McCabe  1983
 Kevin M. Shea  1983
 Steven F. Koenig  1985
 James Russell Terrell, Jr.  1985
 Robert Edward Perkins, II  1986
 Daniel P. Shaw  1986
 Christopher Charles Curran  1989
 Micheal William Edwards  1989
 Christopher A. Allsbrook  1990
 Matthew D. Fender  1990
 Robert Lynn Goins, Jr.  1990
 David R. Shaw  1990
 Matthew George Andrews  1991
 Woodson W. Wright, III  1991
 Sean Robert McDaniel  2002
 James Russell Terrell, III  2007
 Greye Edward Shane  2007
 Brian Keith Nance, Jr.  2007
 Dylan McDaniel  2011
 Connor McDaniel  2011
 Collin Shane  2011