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h. Some Project Ideas

Many Scouts wonder what types of projects might be acceptable or what type of project might fit their skills and interest. You may receive many suggestions regarding what project you should pick. This is exclusively your choice. You should select a project that is in line with your interests, is a challenge and provides ample opportunity to satisfy each of the rank advancement  number 5 requirements. Your project must present an opportunity for planning, development, and leadership.

An Eagle service project should be of significant magnitude to be special and should represent your best possible effort. The variety of projects performed throughout the nation by Scouts earning their Eagle Scout Award is staggering. Only those living in an area can determine the greatest value and need for that area. Determine, therefore, whether the project is big enough, appropriate, and worth doing.

The District Advancement committee maintains a list of possible projects. If you need a project and are unable to find one on your own or your unit cannot make suggestions please email advancement.chair@gmail.com

If a blood drive is chosen and the blood bank provides a set of “canned” instructions to be implemented with no further planning, then the planning effort would not meet the test. You would need to add some new elements to show that you planned. 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.

 

Restrictions

  • There are no required minimum hours for a project. No one may tell you how many hours must be spent on it.  As a point of reference, the national average for projects is 130 hours.
  • Routine labor is not normally appropriate for a project. This is defined as work you may provide as part of your daily life, or a routine maintenance job. For example, pulling weeds on the football field at your school.
  • While projects may not be of a commercial nature or for a business, some community institutions, such as museums and service agencies (like homes for the elderly, for example), may be acceptable.
  • A project may not be a fundraiser. In other words, it may not be an effort that primarily collects money, even for a worthy charity.
  • No more than one Eagle Scout candidate may receive credit for working on the same Eagle Scout service project.
  • Projects may not be performed for the Boy Scouts of America, or its councils, districts, units, or properties.
Eagle Scout service projects can be viewed at these sites (most would be considered acceptable projects)
The following list shows four years of Eagle projects performed within The Capitol District.
  • Build 2 - 2 X 4 meter gardens to help with Plant Ecology Lab research on how plants grow in certain soil.
  • Design and building two wooden walkways to add to the existing pathway
  • Construct an Adirondack weather shelter.
  • Design and build four benches.
  • Design and construct a raised walkway between the nature trails and run off area. Mark jogging trail with routed 4x4 posts.
  • Expand and modify the fence surrounding the parking lot..
  • Build 160' split rail fence to prevent pre-school aged children from touching the electrical fence and walking into adjacent cemetery.
  • Design and supervise the construction of shelving in 3 separate places, build a floating costume rack and a ship's ladder.
  • Supervise the refurbishment of a parking lot by re-paint over the lines for the parking spots, fixing the parking stops, and trimming back the grass.
  • Construct bird houses for tree swallows on river Island.
  • Build 4 benches, install 2 on a deck, 2 along a trail which he will mulch, will install 4x4's along path's borders.
  • Build a permanent volleyball court for the youth groups and church classes.
  • Supervise home repair for an elderly, low income shut-in, who has mold damage in an area of her house, and minor holes in the walls.
  • Creating a rain garden at the local library.
  • Design and build three wheel chair-accessible benches and enhancing the rain garden around the storm drain.
  • Build several wooden benches
  • Supervise the design and construction 3 hexagon-shaped picnic tables. One table will be handicapped accessible. One table will be for preschoolers.
  • Lead the construction of an arts advertisement sign for the Arts and Music Festival
  • Supervise erosion control and site improvement to a living shore line and plant water grass.
  • Lead the assembly of a storage shed.
  • Design and lead others in the construction of a pergola and plant a garden around the trellis.
  • Construct a 141-foot pathway leading from the narthex to the back at church.
  • Supervise modernization of cemetery records by matching names to plots in a computer program, will label Veteran gravesides, repair gravestones or gravesides as able.
  • Supervise the design and construction of 21 kneelers for religious services.
  • Supervise building a small artificial island (a hummock) and planting Atlantic White Cedar saplings in the marsh.
  • Plan, coordinate, and lead a project to repaint 115 parking spaces, 3 handicap spaces, & 50' traffic curve.
  • Repair a one mile walking path, add new gravel spread, prune and remove obstructions, repair bridge, repair, or replace 12 signs, add SMART codes.
  • Design and lead the construction and installation of a rain garden.
  • Design and build a demonstration scale pavilion with a "green roof".
  • Re-build the roof and relocate the main information kiosk at county garden to a more visible location.
  • Sand and refinish 5 existing Teak benches, build 2 picnic tables and mulch under picnic tables.
  • Build an outdoor altar and service tables where the church could hold outdoor services.
  • Supervise the construction of five osprey nests and install them in different locations.
  • Supervise the rebuilding of a park area and make it usable by the policy officers and their community.
  • Supervise the replacement of worn flags, add new flag poles and anti-roll guard and trim tree limbs around parkway.
  • Design, build and install build a series of benches to form a semicircular outdoor amphitheater to seat approximately 70 people.
  • Design, build and install a Travers climbing wall in the gym.
  • Design and build a sports equipment shed 12’x8’ with a 6’opening for the door. For the storage of summer sports equipment.
  • Supervise the construction of an 8 by 10 feet shelter for the cats and will clean the surrounding area of debris.
  • Supervise the construction of two dugouts for the youth baseball fields.
  • Supervise the design, construction, and landscaping of a recreational trail.
  • Supervise the construction of a 1 mile trail used for education about the adjacent watershed at historic farm.
  • Supervise design and construction three free standing kayak racks for 18 total kayaks.
  • Supervise the construction of a sidewalk from a corner of the parking lot, down across the front of the church to an existing sidewalk.
  • Supervise construction and installation of 5 picnic tables (2 handicapped accessible), a horseshoe pit, a fire pit, and an instruction stand.
  • Supervise the design and construction of 3 pitching mounds at recreational park.
  • Supervise the construction of handicap picnic tables and restore 10 picnic tables.
  • Supervise the designs, construction, installing, of 4 or more picnic tables.
  • Supervise the design and construction of 6 picnic tables. Five tables will be six feet long and one will be eight feet long making it wheelchair accessible.
  • Supervise the construction of 2 new kayak storage racks for the community.
 
  • Re-screen 6 cabins with rat wire and regular screen
  • Construct handicap ramp, sidewalk, landscape plantings and flower garden
  • Construct 3 benches placed along trail
  • Fabricate and place 42 permanent but removable cross country course marker flags along course
  • Construct 9 benches and a podium in an amphitheater arrangement
  • Build 3 picnic tables and repair existing tables
  • Construct 6 wooden picnic tables
  • Construct 1 osprey nest, informational poster, several a duck boxes, and songbird houses
  • Enclose mountain top day shelter for Search and Rescue command center
  • Construct 4 picnic tables
  • Assembly and place 13 canoe trail sign along the river side
  • Reconstruct and improve 1/3 mile trail, paint Appalachian Trail blazes, set up 3 signs & build a bench.
  • Construct shelter for injured or sick animals
  • Construct and place 10 blue bird houses
  • Replace charcoal grill; build a new storage box, put down new “crush and run” gravel in the parking area, install a flag pole and 3 benches around the fire pit
  • Reconstruct “The Chapel in the Woods”, build and replace sign, build benches and create pathway, plant shrubs and build a table
  • Perform erosion control and site improvement to a living shore line
  • Construct rain garden to manage water runoff
  • Construct playground area and landscape 90’ X 20’ area
  • Renovate music storage room, add shelves, locking cabinets, and a filing cabinet
  • Construct baseball scoreboard for athletic league
  • Construct new boardwalk and two ramps to connect to an existing boardwalk to enable handicap access.
  • Construct 12 Screech Owl and 8 Barn Owl boxes
  • Scout will supervise the construct 6 benches and a 3'x3' speaker platform for outdoor classroom.
  • Replace 1020 linear feet of community dock and construct community news sign
  • Construct outdoor amphitheater including 5 benched, clear area, and spreading wood chips
  • Construct informational bulletin board
  • Build 787 feet of recreational trail, added wood chips and  mulch
  • Construct 4 horseshoe courts
  • Construct rock garden, outdoor grotto and meditation area with two benches
  • Construct gazebo
  • Construct tool storage locker for beach maintenance
  • Relocate fire ring and construct new benches
  • Repair 3 stage lighting stands and lighting fixtures
  • Refurbish flag pole area and entrance circle
  • Construct bench and planter box and landscape the surrounding area
  • Construct 7 additional benches in outdoor worship space
  • Construct 3 bird houses, 1 nesting platform, and 4 bird feeder and make pamphlet
  • Survey 200 rooms and prepare green energy plan for church
  • Construction and installation of a wooden information kiosk at park
  • Installation of a flagpole at community hall
  • Extension and refurbishment cross country trail.
  • Rehab of 6 marina piers and access area
  • Site development of an outdoors meditation and trail at his church.
  • Construction of a dwelling for the injured and orphaned animals at Wildlife Sanctuary.
  • Rehab of and construction of 6 picnic tables
  • Construction of 15-20 picnic tables for lunchtime and class use
  • Construction of benches, tables and repair sever erosion at fishing area
  • Reconstruction at community football field steps
  • Construction of a planter and landscaping improvement around a church sign.
  • Landscaping in the area surrounding Swim and Tennis Club
  • Replacement of hill side steps, railing and tree removal
  • Construction of outdoor fellowship and worship sanctuary
  • Construction of an outdoor worship area
  • Construction of a visitor reception desk for local school
  • Equipment improvements and repairs of a community play ground
  • Construction of a jogging/walking path
  • Rebuild signs throughout a nature trail
  • Collection of 100 used soccer uniforms for international distribution
  • Scout will collect and distribute items for use by homeless
  • Construction of a patio area with tables
  • Rehab and improve of the grounds of a museum
  • Rehab/rebuild 2 bocce ball courts
  • Construction of a meditation garden
  • Reconstruction of a fire ring and campsite area
  • Rehab garden and install a pathway
  • Construction of firewood storage sheds
  • Repair of a stations on an obstacle course
  • Rehab of an amphitheater
  • Supervise construction of a handicap ramp, sidewalk, landscape plantings and flower garden church hall.
  • Supervise construction of a meditation garden with stone path, statue, bird bath, bench, and plantings.
  • Supervise the installation of landscape timber steps and will build a walkway to replace that informal path.
  • Supervise the construction of a duck/bird re-habitation area and shelter.
  • Supervise the designs, construction, installing, and anchoring of 1 picnic table and 3 park benches.
 
  • Supervise replacing the tops of the seven existing benches, replacing seven of the forty-nine benches support posts, and replacing the cross that stands at the front of the chapel area.
  • Design, construct, installing of 1 picnic table and 3 park benches
  • Supervise the mapping of a historic cemetery, create a database to log grave sites and beautify the cemetery grounds.
  • Supervise the design and construction of an Adirondack shelter
  • Supervise the construction of a free standing kayak storage rack
  • Renovation of a garden
  • Construction of hockey stick racks
  • Construction of a brick reading patio
  • Renovation of a nature trail
  • Rehab of an auditorium area of the park
  • Construction of an entry sign
  • Rehab of a section of the Village Green
  • Construction of oyster buckets and spat growing project
  • Construction of a science lab demonstration table
  • Construction of movable band instrument storage racks
  • Design and build covers for archery targets
  • Rehab of a beach area
  • Rebuild and improvement of a campsite
  • Restore landscaping
  • Construction of library book shelves
  • Construction of a memorial to a fallen soldier
  • Renovation of the meeting house
  • Conducting survey for church membership directory and develop database tool
  • Construction of a benches
  • Renovation of a path connecting the outdoor worship center
  • Renovation of the science lab
  • Planting of trees and establishing a trail behind a high School
  • Rebuilding of a chicken coop
  • Construction of 10 benches
  • Construction of a storage rack for sailing dinghies
  • Construction of a patio in the alter area and perform landscaping
  • Construction of a patio in the outdoor worship area
  • Construction and placement of bat houses
  • Construction of stations of the cross
  • Replacement of a retaining wall
  • Construction of a loafing shed
  • Rehab of shoreline and construction of benches
  • Rehab of an amphitheater
  • Rehab of a playground
  • Construction of benches
  • Extension of a wetlands boardwalk
  • Rehab of area surrounding Swim and Tennis Club
  • Construction of 4 baseball bat holders
  • Construction of outdoor exercise equipment
  • Beautification of a drainage site
  • Construction of 4 wood duck nest boxes
  • Develop and install trail marking
  • Construction of bat boxes
  • Construction of animal cages
  • Renovation of a fence
  • Construction of a pavilion
  • Construction of a table with landscaping
  • Improvement of the “chapel in the woods”
  • Rehab of a playing field press box
  • Construction of a nature trail
  • Construction of a new path to the community pier
  • Renovation of a fishing spot
  • Construction of Osprey Nests
  • Construction of lighted entrance sign
  • Construction of directional and info signs at Kings Landing park
  • Landscaping around community building
  • Rehab of a county trail
  • Restoration of a community pier
  • Construction of a parents waiting area
  • Construction of an outdoor classroom
  • Construction of a meditation garden
  • Rehabilitation of a bog area
  • Rebuilding of the inside of a trailer used to sell goods for fund raisers