Life to Eagle
Crossroads of America Council has compiled this page as a resource for our Eagle Scout candidates, their families and Scout leaders. The purpose of this information and the recent policy clarifications is to ensure that all Life Scouts that desire to become Eagle Scouts are aware of the procedure to do so and ensure this procedure is the same across the council.
Eagle Scout Service Project Fundraising
In the current version of the Eagle Scout Service Project Workbook, No. 512-927, Scouts raising money for their service project must submit the Eagle Scout Service Project Fundraising Application found on page 17 for approval by the council. The completed application should be sent to the local council service center and the application will be routed to the appropriate district executive for review.
Note about fundraising for Eagle Scout Service Projects – the service project may not be a fundraiser. In other words, the candidate may not stage an effort that primarily collects money, even if it is for a worthy charity. Fundraising is permitted only for securing materials and otherwise facilitating a project. And unless it involves contributions only from the beneficiary, or from the candidate, his parents or relatives, his unit or its chartered organization, or from parents or members in his unit, it must be approved by the local council.
The Scout must make it clear to all donors or event participants that the money is being raised on behalf of the project beneficiary, which will retain leftover funds. Should any donors want documentation of a gift, this must be provided through the project beneficiary, not the Boy Scouts of America. Once collected, money raised must be turned over for deposit to an account of the beneficiary or the candidate’s unit, until needed for the project. If the unit receives the funds, it must release them to the beneficiary once expenses have been paid.
For additional detail see “Procedures and Limitations on Eagle Scout Service Project Fundraising,” found on page 18 of the Eagle Scout Service Project Workbook, No. 512-927.
Information will be updated as needed to ensure the national and council policies are implemented fully and fairly in each district.
Scouts must use the current version of the Eagle Scout Leadership Service Project Workbook (512-927). Click here for instructions on how to download the document as there are two versions, one for PCs and one for Macs. As you plan and carry out your leadership service project, use the Eagle Scout Leadership Service Project Workbook to record your plans and progress.
The workbook may be downloaded as a PDF and completed electronically. This format allows Scouts to enter information electronically and save the document to make future changes. Or simply, print out a copy and fill it in by hand. Alternately, you may obtain a printed copy from your local council service center - ask for an Eagle Project Workbook. Remember that others will be reading these pages. You should print, type, or write legibly using black or blue ink. You may add as many pages as needed to thoroughly complete the workbook.
The Crossroads of America Council Advancement Committee has elected to use a form to make it easier for Eagle Scout references to determine the Scout's worthiness for the Eagle Scout rank. It is suggested that the Eagle Scout candidate deliver a reference form at least four (4) weeks before his desired Eagle Board of Review date to ensure that the reference has the necessary time to complete the form. This form will be mailed by the reference to the local council service center for that Scout's district. Each link below provides the Scout with the appropriate PDF form for their district.
Eagle Scout Board of Review
The Eagle Scout board of review is how the council and district advancement committees determine a Scout's understanding of the ideals of Scouting and how he applies them in daily life in the troop. This review is not and should not be an examination or retest of skills learned. Rather, it is an attempt to determine the Scout's attitude and his acceptance of Scouting's ideals, both in the troop and outside of it. The board should get a sense of the importance that the Scout attributes to Scouting in his home life, at school, and in the troop. It also shows how the Scout perceives the troop and its adult leaders.
A supplemental training is available here on the national website to assist adult volunteers in conducting boards of reviews for Scouts at all ranks. All board of review members are encouraged to review this training module to ensure that they are giving each Scout a proper board of review.
Eagle Scout Press Release
If you would like to showcase the great commitment to Scouting and the community through a local press release, the Crossroads of America Council would be glad to provide assistance in creating a Press Release for your Scout.
Please completed the Eagle Press Release Form and give us no fewer than 14 days to complete the press release prior to your desired news date. Publication or news date is not guaranteed. Return this form to the council office or email to firstname.lastname@example.org.
Walter J. Schuchmann Award
The Walter J. Schuchmann Award is given every Veteran’s Day by the Indianapolis Veteran’s Day Council, to honor the achievements of Walter Schuchmann, who was the highest-ranking civilian at Fort Benjamin Harrison and very active with the Boy Scouts of America. Walter was also a member of the Indianapolis Veteran’s Day Council. Mr. Schuchmann always believed in strong leadership abilities in the Boy Scouts. This award honors a Boy Scout from the Crossroads of America Council who has demonstrated outstanding leadership abilities.
Currently in a leadership position
At least First Class rank
Have served in a leadership role for at least six months
Have not reached his 18th birthday prior to November 11 of the year of that the Scout applies for the award
Have a written letter of recommendation attached to the application.
Nomination form must be received in the Indianapolis Scout Education and Program Center by October 1 of the year in which the award is to be presented.
Instructions for Unit Leaders:
A Scoutmaster should look over their troop to see if someone from their unit is qualified as an outstanding leader and submit an application on him as soon as possible. Are you proud of the leaders that you produce in your troop? Then submit someone for this very prestigious award.
For information on our council's NESA Chapter and scholarship information please visit National Eagle Scout Association Crossroads