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Requirement 5 ....The project plan must be approved by your unit leader and unit committee, by the council or district, and by the organization benefiting from the effort before you start. You must use the Eagle Scout Leadership Service Project Workbook, No. 512-927, in meeting this requirement. ...

Initial Project Approval

There are several approvals required for your project along the way. The first is the verbal approval from your unit leader (Scoutmaster, Varsity Coach, Venturing Advisor, or Skipper) or project advisor that your idea will qualify as a valid project. You need this before spending much time writing up the detail plan.

After your advisor has helped you get the written plan in order and ready to submit, you will then need several signatures in the Eagle Service Project Workbook. A responsible representative from the organization you are doing the project for is the first signature on the list.  It is also a good idea to get a letter from the organization if possible. There is no requirement to get the signatures in a particular order, but there is an order than makes sense:  beneficiary, unit leader, and unit committee.  So, next, review the project with your unit leader (for example, your Scoutmaster) and get their signature.  Your unit committee chair (for example, the troop committee chair) can sign on behalf of your unit committee.  There is no requirement that you make a presentation to the unit committee before getting this signature, but you will benefit from every suggestion and comment you receive.  A brief presentation will gain valuable feedback and help you with the added enthusiasm of the committee members. The project is now ready to present to the District Advancement Committee for approval. Note: you should keep a copy of the project, exactly as is presented to the various committees, in case it is lost during the approval cycle.

It is very important that you do not DO any of the project, except planning, until the District Committee has signed it. Once they have approved the project plan, then you can begin to do the project!

Check your work against this planning page to ensure you've covered all your bases. Also check against the checklist below. It includes the things District project approval teams are looking for.

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Last modified 7/27/2011