Eagle Scout Advancement in D.C.
The Eagle Scout rank is the highest rank of the Boy Scouts of America and is a certification of significant leadership capability. Eagle Scouts of the Washington, D.C. District of the BSA represent our nation’s capital as skilled leaders who benefit worthwhile causes through their project management expertise.
To become an Eagle Scout, a Boy Scout must achieve the Life Scout rank and complete the seven requirements of the Eagle Scout rank, including planning and implementing an Eagle Scout Service Project that the Scout leads and passing an Eagle Scout Board of Review, in which the Scout’s leadership capabilities, leadership potential, and the degree to which his values and ethics accord with the Scout Oath and Scout Law are assessed.
To empower Eagle Scout candidates of D.C. with knowledge of how to efficiently achieve success in the Eagle Scout advancement process, the Washington, D.C. District of the BSA offers the Eagle Education Experience.
The Eagle Education Experience consists of five PowerPoint presentations that thoroughly detail how to proficiently plan, implement, and lead an Eagle Scout Service Project, complete the Eagle Scout Rank Application, and prevail at an Eagle Scout Board of Review.
In the first quarter of each year, a live Life-to-Eagle seminar/conference is taught by Eagle Scouts affiliated with the Washington, D.C. District of the BSA. The Life-to-Eagle seminar/conference consists of two separate Life-to-Eagle training tracks:
- The Eagle Education Experience (Life-to-Eagle Training for Eagle Scout Candidates): for youth Scouts seeking to become Eagle Scouts; and
- Life-to-Eagle Training for Parents/Mentors/Coaches: for adults seeking to guide youth in the process of becoming Eagle Scouts.
As BSA National delegated to councils authority to establish certain procedures for fulfilling the Eagle Scout advancement process and the National Capital Area Council delegated some of this authority to districts, these presentations, in addition to identifying national standards for Eagle Scout advancement, identify processes specific to Eagle Scout candidates with BSA units based in D.C.
Eagle Education Experience Presentations
- Presentation 1 – Eagle Education Experience – Eagle Project Part 1 – Core Concepts
- Presentation 2 – Eagle Education Experience – Eagle Project Part 2 – Proposal and Project Final Plan
- Presentation 3 – Eagle Education Experience – Eagle Project Part 3 – Fundraising, Implementation and Service Project Report
- Presentation 4 – Eagle Education Experience Completing the Eagle Scout Rank Application
- Presentation 5 – Eagle Education Experience – The Eagle Scout Board of Review
Eagle Parent/Mentor/Coach Education
In addition to the main five Eagle Education Experience presentations, all of which directly focus on the Eagle Scout rank advancement process, the Washington, D.C. District of the BSA provides five bonus Eagle Education Experience presentations, the first two of which focus on key components after a Scout becomes an Eagle Scout and next three of which focus on leadership skills enrichment. In this expansion of the Eagle Education Experience, the Eagle Scout Court of Honor presentation focuses on numerous key aspects for planning a meaningful and fun Eagle Scout Court of Honor in celebration of the momentous achievement of becoming an Eagle Scout.
Among the components of the Advancement and Service as an Eagle Scout presentation are details regarding Eagle Scout Palm awards, opportunities for additional leadership in Scouting after achieving the Eagle Scout rank, opportunities with the National Eagle Scout Association (NESA), implications of the Eagle Scout rank for college admissions and scholarships, methods of community leadership as an Eagle Scout in college, and implications of the Eagle Scout rank for future employment. The presentations on Effective Leadership Tactics, Advanced Communication Methods for Leaders, and Managing the Unexpected contain details that can enhance a Scout’s ability to achieve success throughout his Eagle Scout Service Project process and to achieve advanced collegiate and professional success after he becomes an Eagle Scout.
Eagle Education Experience Presentations: Bonus Enrichment
- Presentation 6 – Eagle Education Experience – The Eagle Scout Court of Honor
- Presentation 7 – Eagle Education Experience – Advancement and Service as an Eagle Scout
- Presentation 8 – Eagle Education Experience – Effective Leadership Tactics
- Presentation 9 – Eagle Education Experience – Advanced Communication Methods for Leaders
- Presentation 10 – Eagle Education Experience – Managing the Unexpected
Additional Eagle Scout Advancement Resources
For more information on the Eagle Scout advancement process, you can access:
- The National Capital Area Council’s Eagle Scout Information page, which contains links to Eagle Scout advancement documents such as the Eagle Scout Service Project Workbook and the Eagle Scout Rank Application.
- BSA National’s Eagle Scout rank requirements page.
- The National Eagle Scout Association (NESA)’s Eagle Project Showcase
- A Request for Character References that an Eagle Scout candidate’s unit should send to the references he lists on his rank application. This document asks the candidate’s references for letters of recommendation for the candidate to be sent to the candidate’s unit in advance of his Eagle Scout Board of Review.
- The BSA Guide to Advancement. The guide’s components pertaining to the Eagle Scout advancement process are:
D.C. District Eagle Scout Advancement Representatives (Eagle Coordinators)
The Washington, D.C. District has two District Eagle Scout Coordinators who oversee the Eagle advancement process for D.C. Scouts. Among the functions of D.C.’s Eagle coordinators are reviewing Eagle Scout Service Project Proposals, approving Eagle Scout Service Projects to be commenced and serving on Eagle Scout Boards of Review.