Eagle Scout Requirement #5
On my honor...
To help other people at all times
If you ask most Eagle Scouts they will say that the most rewarding part of their journey toward Eagle was their Eagle Scout Service Project.
It is a chance to put all of one's Scouting training into practice in a BIG WAY!
Not only will you be helping others, but you may even have the chance to put together a project that will last for many generations.
Unfortunately, project ideas don't always present themselves so clearly. That makes Requirement 5 the task that slows down more aspiring Eagles than any other.
Plan, develop, and give leadership to others in a service project
No surprise, then that your fellow Scouters called Requirement 5 THE toughest Eagle requirement in Scouting.
This is why it is important to find a project that you are truly passionate about. More than 2 million Eagle projects have already been completed, so don't worry if the idea has been done before.
Here is what the Eagle Scout Service Project Workbook says on that subject:
Your project doesn’t have to be original, but it could be. It might be a construction, conservation, or remodeling project, or it could be the presentation of an event with a worthwhile purpose. Conversations with your unit leader, teachers, your religious leader, or the leaders of various community organizations can also uncover ideas. In any case, be sure the project presents a challenge that requires leadership, but also something that you can do with unskilled helpers, and within a reasonable period of time.
WE'VE GATHERED A COLLECTION OF IDEAS THAT CAN HELP
Ideas from other Scouters
We asked our Facebook fans to share the best projects they have come across. Here is a sample:
Project Idea Generator - a handy tool
Click here for a "decision tree" that will help guide you to a project idea based on answers to some simple questions about your interests and passions.
Special thanks to Scouter, Dave Harkins, who created this tool to help Life Scouts come up with ideas for Eagle Scout projects as one of his Wood Badge ticket items.
Other useful links with ideas