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When a scoutmaster, troop committee, and council Eagle board review an Eagle project application there are a few things they keep in mind before approving it. How much planning is needed to organize and prepare the project? How will the Boy Scout show leadership during the project? Is it a worthwhile project for the community? What obstacles and challenges will need to be solved?

The Eagle Scout project is not meant to be an easy thing to do. It is a test of the Scout’s skills, his determination, and his work ethic. Can he solve problems? Is he able to handle the responsibilities? Can he work well with others?
An Eagle Scout Project does not always go according to plan. Weather conditions could postpone a project. Materials may not arrive on time, or could be backordered. People would could have helped on one day may not be able to help on another day. Some people need to cancel attending the project due to last minute plans. The project may need more time to be completed. How a Boy Scout handles these and other problems is just one aspect of the Eagle project.
Here are a couple of examples of Eagle projects that needed a second round of planning or work:
About ten years ago, a Boy Scout wanted to do his project for the local elementary school. He was going to add some playground equipment and plant some trees so the kids would have shady areas in several years. I thought it was a good project. The troop committee agreed. The Scout send his workbook to the council to get approval.
I was surprised when I received a phone call a couple weeks later from the fourteen year old Scout to tell me that the council had not approved his project. He was very discouraged and did not know what he should do now. I drove to his home and we sat down ay his kitchen table to review his project and what the council wrote in their letter. It appeared that he did not do a good job of describing his project in his workbook. We talked about things for several minutes. Then I suggested he try again, this time adding more details about the project, and add a little more to the project, like planting a few more trees. He revised his plans, sent it back to the council, and received approval.
A couple of years later another Boy Scout submitted a project of building and placing various types of bird houses along an eight mile portion of the new Lake Wobegon Trail. This project received council approval. However, when the Scout did the project the only people who assisted him were family members. He used no outside help. The committee and I as the scoutmaster agreed that this did not fulfill the leadership portion of the Eagle project. His mother became quite upset with us. He was frustrated. Then he and I sat down one evening and discussed it. To make a long story short, he did the project a second time inviting other troop members and people to assist in the project. I was quite proud of him when he completed his project.
Do not let a Boy Scout get so discouraged when things do not go well that he throws up his hands and quits. As troop leaders and parents, we need to help them through the setbacks and encourage him to continue forward. Helping a Scout to achieve the rank of Eagle Scout is well worth the effort.
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    This Boy Scout Troop really knows the meaning of doing a Good Turn. They are giving up a trip to Disney to help rebuild a church. Here is a portion of the article:

    Boy Scouts Give Up Disney World to Help Rebuild Church

    Boy Scouts Give Up Disney World to Help Rebuild Church

    Time at Disney World could not compete with helping others for three Boy Scout troops in Vance County.

    Every year, Boy Scout Troop 691 in Henderson joins with two other troops for a chicken cook-out fundraiser. The proceeds go to pay for a trip to Disney World for the boys.

    This year, however, the scouts volunteered to donate money they will raise Saturday to help Union Chapel United Methodist Church rebuild its sanctuary.

    Lightning likely sparked a fierce fire on Aug. 10 that burned most of the 178-year-old church to the ground. Among many other items, the church lost its stained glass windows, which were brought from Europe and dated to the early 1800s.

    Larry Medlin, described how his 11-year-old son, James, who so far has earned his second-class scout rank, came up with the idea on his own after hearing about the fire. “James said, ‘Daddy, let’s raise money to help them build their church instead of going to Disney,'” Larry Medlin said.

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      The Boy Scouts of Melrose Troop 68 are beginning their 2007-2008 program year with a few service projects that will be conducted during the next few weeks.

      CLOTHING DRIVE
      The Boy Scout Troop will be conducting a clothing drive in Melrose on Saturday, September 15. It is a great opportunity for you to clean out your closets of those clothes that are out of style, or that just do not fit well anymore. Please donate only gently used clothing. This drive is not meant to be used as a garbage or junk collection. All clothing should be bagged or boxed and placed on the street curb by 10:00 that Saturday morning. Clothing set out too late will not be collected. Proceeds from the clothing drive will be split between the Boy Scout Troop and a disabled veterans group.

      SCOUTING FOR FOOD DRIVE
      This year marks the twentieth year the Boy Scout troops and Cub Scout packs across the country will participate in the annual Scouting For Food Drive. Hundreds, if not thousands, of people locally, and hundreds of thousands of people nationally have benefitted from the Scouting for Food Drives. All food items collected will go to the local food shelf. This year’s food drive will be held on Saturday, October 6.

      ROAD CLEANUP
      Another project the Boy Scouts of Troop 68 have done for nearly twenty years is to clean up the ditches of a three mile stretch of County Road 13 south of Melrose as part of the Adopt A Highway Program. This project will also be done on Saturday, October 6.

      The Boy Scouts are proud to be a part of their community. It makes them proud of their community when its citizens support their projects. Please help the Scouts have a successful clothing drive and food drive this fall.

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