This page will tell you how to complete the path from Life Scout to Eagle. If you have questions, please contact Mr. Uchitel. He has helped many Troop 175 boys earn their Eagle rank.
Assistant Scoutmaster for Life to Eagle: Jason Uchitel | 404-219-9247 | [email protected]
Scoutmaster: Kevin Wyatt | [email protected]
Troop Committee Chair: Renato Dell’Osso | [email protected]
Here are the basic requirements for becoming an Eagle Scout. All of the work to become an Eagle must be completed before you turn 18 (except for the Eagle Board of Review).
Don’t wait until the last minute. Several of the Eagle-required merit badges are complicated and some of them take 3 months to finish. When planning your Eagle project, build some extra months into your schedule because you must get approvals from several different people/groups before and after the project.
Eagle Rank Requirements: This tells you the specific requirements you must meet to become an Eagle Scout.
You’ll need a total of 21 total merit badges. They can be earned at any point since you became a Boy Scout–before, during or after your Eagle project. You must earn the 13 Eagle-required MB listed below. Choose only one of the MB listed in categories h, i, and k. Any additional MB earned in those categories can count as one of your eight optional merit badges.
Note: Beginning July 1, 2022, the Citizenship in Society merit badge will be required for any youth seeking to achieve the prestigious Eagle Scout rank.
(a) First Aid
(b) Citizenship in the Community
(c) Citizenship in the Nation
(d) Citizenship in the World
(f) Cooking: this MB has a lot of requirements
(g) Personal Fitness: this MB takes at least 3 months to earn
(h) Emergency Preparedness OR Lifesaving
(i) Environmental Science OR Sustainability
(j) Personal Management: this MB takes at least 3 months to earn
(k) Swimming OR Hiking OR Cycling
(l) Camping: this MB requires at least 20 nights of camping at designated Scouting activities or events
(m) Family Life: This is the only MB you must earn with your family
(n) Citizenship in Society (new requirement beginning 7/1/2022)
8 additional merit badges of your choice
Many Eagle projects involve building something, but that isn’t a requirement. Take a look at some of the past Troop 175 Eagle projects or search the web if you need ideas.
You will plan, develop, and give leadership to others in a service project for a religious institution, school, or your community. This organization is called the Project Beneficiary (the project can’t benefit Troop 175 or BSA). The idea of the Eagle project is for you to do the planning and preparation, then guide other Troop 175 Scouts as they do the hands-on work of the project.
Once you have an idea for your project, contact Mr. Uchitel and get his feedback before you begin the paperwork for your proposal.
You will use the Eagle Scout Service Project Proposal (BSA publication Eagle Project Workbook 2021c-v2) to describe your project and make a plan to successfully complete the project. We call it the workbook.
You must save this file to your computer, then use Adobe Reader 9 (or later) to open and edit the file. This allows you to save your info, import images and use expandable text boxes. Don’t open this pdf workbook in a browser (Chrome, Firefox, Internet Explorer, Safari, etc.).
The Troop has created a workbook prefilled with the names and contact info for the adult leaders.
The workbook contains 3 sections: 1) Proposal, 2) Project Plan and 3) Project Report. You’ll begin by filling out the Project Proposal Pages of the workbook with some basic info about your project. It’s helpful to include drawings, photos and other visual aids to explain the project. Don’t worry about small details…you’ll provide these later in the Project Plan. Mr. Uchitel will help you if you have questions about the project or workbook.
Before you begin your Eagle project, you must present your Project Proposal for review. When Mr. Uchitel says you’re ready you will:
Make sure you keep the Project Proposal page H with the original signatures. You will need these signed pages later.
The next step is to fill out the Project Plan section of the workbook. This will help you think through the details and specifics of how your project will be accomplished: materials, hours of work needed, safety, tools, supplies, food, etc.
Now comes the fun part: actually doing the project. Remember that your main role is to:
Your completed project must also be approved. Fill out the Project Report Pages A, B and C of the workbook and explain how your project turned out. Eagle projects are evaluated primarily on impact—the extent of benefit to the religious institution, school, or community, and on the leadership provided by the candidate. There must also be evidence of planning and development. Once you’ve filled out the Project Report and Mr. Uchitel says you’re ready, you will:
Make sure you keep the Project Proposal page H and Project Report page C with the original signatures. You will need these signatures for your Eagle Application.
Once all the requirements for the Eagle rank are completed, you will submit an Eagle Application.
You must use the official Eagle Scout Rank Application, No. 512-728. No other form or application method is permitted. The latest revision is February 2022.
You must save this file to your computer, then use Adobe Reader 9 (or later) to open and edit the file. Don’t open this pdf form in a browser (Chrome, Firefox, Internet Explorer, Safari, etc.).
It’s easier to fill out the PDF form on a computer, but you may also print the PDF form and fill it out by hand.
The Eagle Application requires references from people who can talk about your character, leadership, faith, etc. You must references for all 5 categories (except employer if you don’t have a job). They can be relatives or even other Scouts. The application asks for references from:
To make it easier to get the info from the references, Troop 175 requests that you ask for letters of recommendation from the people you list as references.
Once you have your Eagle Application completed and Mr. Uchitel says you’re ready, you will request a Scoutmaster conference and get the approvals you need from:
Mr. Uchitel will send the signed project workbook and Eagle Application to the Council (including the attached Statement of Ambitions). They will verify all the information is complete and send the documents back. The Council will tell the District Eagle chair that the scout is eligible for an Eagle Board of Review.
The final step in the process is to schedule an Eagle Board of Review. This typically happens at a regular Troop 175 Tuesday meeting with a representative from the District. They will review the entire packet of Eagle info:
Each Eagle candidate presents his Eagle Project Proposal at a Troop 175 Committee meeting before submitting it to the District. This is to help give the scout guidance toward the successful completion of his project, and for scouts and parents to understand what an Eagle project is like. We also require the scout to present a recap of his completed project at a Troop 175 Committee meeting before the Scoutmaster signs off on the completed project.
The committee likes to see photos, drawings and other info that helps explain your project. Please bring several copies of your proposal or report to the meeting so the committee can follow along. Make sure you bring any pages that require signatures. The Scoutmaster and Committee Chair must sign the same copy that was signed by the Project Beneficiary.
A good presentation will explain:
Don’t want until the last minute! When thinking about the timing of your project and completion of your merit badges, make sure you leave time in your schedule to attend these two meetings. The Troop Committee meets once a month, typically on the first Monday of the month. Check the Troop calendar for meeting dates.
To present your Project Proposal (before) and Project Report (after), you must: