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Planning for Success

To many, achieving Eagle Rank seems larger than life. In reality there are only six requirements. If you plan ahead and are systematic in your approach, nothing can stop you. As you advanced through Scout ranks you were recognized for what you did. The Eagle Rank is different, because it is more a measure of the kind of person you've become, not merely what activities you've completed.

First and foremost, check with your unit, district, or council leadership to ensure you have a complete package to use for working on Eagle. This will include a current application form (currently 2010 revision - the date can be found on the back side of the application), an "Eagle Scout Leadership Service Project Workbook", No. 18-927, and possibly other documents, like an Eagle Scout Reference form or a letter from your council with specific instructions.

Please note! The current application form (#512-728) is dated 2010 on the bottom of the back side, and it states "Please use the most current application found at www.scouting.org/scoutsource/media/forms.aspx". 

Requirements quoted on this site (other than on the history pages) are from the 2010 Eagle Scout Rank Application. Eagle candidates please note: all six requirements must be completed PRIOR to your 18th birthday.

Getting started seems to be easy for some, difficult for others. Either way, it is your desire, not that of your parents or unit leaders, that will be the driving force to a fun and rewarding pursuit. But even with great desire, you may not be successful (or have a good time, which you should) if you don't plan properly.

Linked to this page are two planning sheets I give out at my Life to Eagle Seminars (which I do for the entire District). The first sheet covers requirements 1 - 3, the second requirements 4 - 6. Print it (or better, create a better one of your own) and use it to determine what you need to do and WHEN (see below). This will ensure you are off to a great start! And don't be afraid to ask for help. One of the best leadership traits you can ever develop is to use resources available to you.

Now, about that WHEN: after you determine what needs to be accomplished, you must set deadlines for yourself to get them done. This is your promise and reminder to yourself regarding when things will be completed. It keeps you on track, makes sure first things get done first, and will make your life much easier. If you don't do this, you may find yourself overwhelmed at the final hour with too many activities and only 24 hours in a day.

By the way, you should remember to document your actions all along the way. This demonstrates maturity and leadership, and will help (a lot!) when you compile your information and submit your application. On the main page of this website, under the heading "the finale", you'll find a section with information that will assist you on this issue.

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Last modified 1/30/2011