Don’t Forget – Most Commonly Skipped Eagle Requirement
Without question, the most overlooked requirement for Eagle, and the one that most kids are shocked about is the Life Purpose and Statement of Ambitions essay. Yes, there is an essay that you have to write for your Eagle Rank! Sorry, I know how much this hurts to hear that. 🙂 (Two of my life purpose(s) are sitting by me in the picture above.)
I would say about 90% of Eagle Candidates that I have coached are surprised when I bring this up and read to them the requirement right out of the book or on the Eagle Rank Application. Here is what it says:
“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.”
The reason it is the most overlooked requirement is because the sentence begins with “Successfully complete an Eagle Scout board of review.” Most don’t read the rest of the requirement. Do not make this mistake! I wrote a blog post a few days ago about Filling Out Your Eagle Rank Application Correctly. Check it out: Part 1 and Part 2
When my oldest son was working on finishing his Eagle paperwork, we made this mistake and found out, when he thought he was done and wanted to turn it in, that he had to write an essay and that just about killed the whole momentum. Seriously! After all that work and pain of filling out all the forms, it was the last straw on the camel’s back for him. He was tough and completed it anyway and is glad that he did.
The key to helping scouts have a smooth and great experience is to have them read everything before they begin. Read through the requirements again while they are working on it. Then read them again at the end to make sure they have done everything and there are no surprises.
There is a reason why only 4-5% of all registered boy scouts attain the Eagle Rank. It is because they are not willing to endure to the end and compete it. Go for it and do it! I have never heard anyone say, “I regret earning my eagle.” But I have heard the opposite quite a bit.