Before you do anything else, download the official Eagle Scout Service Project Workbook (No. 512-927) at scouting.org/advancement. There you’ll find a rundown for planning, fundraising, executing and documenting your Eagle project.
WHAT MAKES A GOOD EAGLE PROJECT?
A good Eagle project should:
• Allow you to show planning, development and leadership skills.
• Benefit a religious institution, a school or your community. (It can’t benefit Scouting, so a project at your council camp is out.)
• Be feasible. You’ll need to show it’s realistic for you to carry out.
• Address safety issues. What will you do to prevent injury? What happens if someone gets hurt?
You’ll find more suggestions, tips and requirements in the official Eagle Scout Service Project Workbook at scouting.org/advancement.
MORE PROJECT IDEAS
Your project can be totally original, but it doesn’t have to be. In addition to the Eagle projects featured on this site, here are a few more places where you could find project ideas:
Adams Service Project Award Winners: Every year, local councils select a council-level winner of the Glenn A. and Melinda W. Adams National Eagle Scout Service Project of the Year Award. From that pool, each region selects a region-level winner. A national winner is then selected from the four regional finalists. This list of winners is a good source of project ideas.
Before And After Photos: Scouting magazine’s Bryan on Scouting blog has collected 100s of fun before-after-photos of Eagle projects.
My Project Finder: This site uses a “decision tree” that lets users answer two or three simple questions about their interests and passions. The site then suggests several potential project ideas.
Meritbadge.org: 100 concepts from which projects can be developed.
Scoutarama.com: More than 500 project ideas submitted by Eagle Scouts.
Find more tips and ideas in the following articles:
Read this sample dialogue with a Life Scout about Eagle project ideas
For many young men, the Eagle Scout Service Project is the toughest part of the journey to Eagle. Here’s how to help them with Eagle project ideas.
Game of Life to Eagle: Helping Scouts reach the finish line
Longtime Life-to-Eagle coordinators offer their best advice for ensuring every Scout comes out a winner in the game of Life to Eagle.
Crowdfunding sites and Eagle project fundraising
Crowdfunding is a seamless way to raise money for movies, gadgets and worthy causes. Eagle projects can benefit, too, provided Scouts understand the rules.
Ask the Expert: Are blood drives and other drives acceptable Eagle projects?
Nobody questions the value of these drives, but Scouters often wonder whether they’re acceptable as Eagle Scout service projects.
An Eagle Scout project doesn’t have to be permanent
Physical, construction-based Eagle Scout projects are great. But an Eagle Scout project doesn’t have to be permanent to have a lasting impact.
Ask the Expert: Who approves the Eagle Scout Project Final Plan?
Trevor asks whether he can complete the Eagle Scout Project Final Plan section of his Eagle Scout Service Project Workbook after the project is completed.
Ask the Expert: Do the hours worked by family members count on an Eagle service project?
Yes, a young man should record the efforts of his siblings just as he would any project volunteer.
The real number of Eagle Scout service hours completed is probably much higher than your Scouts report
Many young men may be improperly recording their Eagle Scout service hours completed on projects, one volunteer says.