Words of Wisdom on the Eagle Process
by Martin Meletio, Blackland Prairie Advancement Chair
As Advancement Chair, I receive information from an Eagle candidate twice. The first time is when the Scout turns in their proposal and the second time is when the Scout submits the completed binder.
- The proposal is an overview of the project. My job to see how do-able the project is and if the project affords an opportunity to show leadership. I don’t need to meet with the Scout during this phase but am happy to do so should the Scout have questions.
- There is an Eagle box on my porch (4015 Purdue) for materials. I check the box six times a day and e-mail the candidate and Project Coach when the proposal or binder is safe inside my home. Turn around time for proposals is usually one week.
- Proposals must be legible and include all signatures before they can be reviewed. Care should be taken to show not only the scope of the project but how it benefits the community and how the Scout will show leadership.
The second time I receive a binder is when the project is completed. The Scout should review the Eagle Credentials Checklist before turning in their binder as it needs to be complete before a Board of Review can be scheduled.
- That means I should be the third set of eyes to see the binder. The Scout should be the first set to review the work they’ve done, the Project Coach should be the second, and finally mine.
- The binder is dropped off in the same box as the proposal. When I get the binder, I make sure everything listed on the Eagle Checklist is included in the binder. A Board of Review will not be scheduled until then. (Project Coaches or other parties can’t bring missing materials to Boards).
Lastly, all correspondence from the Scout should include the Project Coach. It is important to follow ‘two-deep’ leadership even in e-mails.
Questions? Please contact Mr. Meletio here.