Filling Out Your Eagle Application Correctly – Part 2
In our continued effort to make the Eagle Application more understandable and seem less threatening, we move on to the second page of the application. Today’s post will explain these further sections and how to fill them out correctly and painlessly.
First, Requirement #4 (as seen below in picture): This requirements surprises many scouts and parents. In fact, we’ve dedicated an entire blog post to explalin all about this requirement. (See “Which Leadership Positions Count Towards Scout Rank Advancement“) The most important thing to remember here is that the required 6 months of leadership will not begin to accrue until AFTER your Life Rank Board of Review date.
Requirement #7 is very commonly overlooked. Most scouts and parents read the first sentence and think, “Oh, this is the board of review. I will do that at the end.” Be very careful to read the whole requirement closely. My oldest son and I fell into this very trap when he was finishing up his Eagle Scout paperwork. The remainder of the requirement reads: “In preparation for your board of review, prepare and attach to your Eagle Scout Rank Application a statement of your ambitions and life purpose and a listing of positions held in your religious institution, school, camp, community, or other organizations, during which you demonstrated leadership skills. Include honors and awards received during this service.” In other words, each Eagle Scout candidate needs to write an essay discussing what he wants to do with his life. This should be 1-2 pages double spaced. Along with this essay, a list of all leadership positions and awards should be listed on another page. If this is enough to scare you off because you don’t like writing essays, just remember, it will likely be the easiest essay you will ever write; it is all about yourself.
The last part of the application is about getting signatures. The Eagle Scout candidate, Scout Leader, and Unit Committee Chairman all must sign.
That’s it! You’re done with the Eagle Scout Rank Application. The rest will be filled out during and after your Board of Review.
I hope this information has helped answer any questions you may have had about this form, and clarified any ambiguities. It was a very frustrating and puzzling process for me as a parent to go through with my first son (even with the help of a great Eagle Coach).
Feel free to comment below if you have further questions or let us know how this helped you.
EagleProjectTracking.com is a tool that districts can use to make tracking approvals and board of review a snap. Check it out in this post: District Eagle Project Approvals with EagleProjectTracking.com