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Share your Eagle Scout service project ideas

Looking for ideas for a good Eagle Scout service project? Wondering what type of Eagle Scout projects that other Scouts are doing? Use this message board to share ideas or tell others about your Eagle project.

Remember, all Eagle Scout service projects are important, but no two are exactly alike. It’ll be up to you to find the right project for you, but these might help you get thinking.

We’ve started the conversation with six examples from the March 2010 issue of Boys’ Life magazine. Take a look and then share your own.

21 Comments on Share your Eagle Scout service project ideas

  1. camper 532 // March 3, 2010 at 5:28 pm // Reply

    one of the boys in my troop added a bench area on a bike trail near a golf green. he added concrete and benches, then planted flowers around it. it turned out really nice

  2. Have a monument or statue in your town that is in an almost shameful state. Go to city hall and try to get some kids to help refubish it. Polish a statue. Repaint a famous building

    • Jax — my understanding is that “refurbishment” or repair, etc. does not qualify for an Eagle project. I think it has to be something totally new.

      • EagleScout93 // March 12, 2010 at 2:29 pm //

        Actualy you can because alot of people paint old fire hydrants :)

      • future eagle // July 8, 2011 at 12:58 pm //

        actually u canrefurbish things if it is a large enough job my friend refurbish a park for his eagle scout project and it took him over a year

      • the point of an Eagle Project isnt to necessarily have the best idea but “to show leadership” its not about the time, its not about the idea or how many people show up. It is about showing and using your leadership skills in a self run community service project. which in my eyes is anything that benefits the community…if it is refurbishing that helps an area of your downtown community look cleaner…then that is a project.

  3. swamp fox again, A helpful tip is to all ways have a back up plane if things go wrong.

  4. Paul K from Troop 202 of Lombard, IL talked to the pastor at his parish and found that the parish really wanted a rose garden. Paul and his volunteers removed some deeply-rooted evergreen bushes, planted about 30 rose bushes, and mulched the area.

    • I designed and landscaped the front of the church I attended as a youth for my Eagle Service Project. One huge benefit of this was the extra volunteers I had that came from the church members.

  5. Paul D. from Troop 5 of Picayune, Miss., and his team repaired a deck over a bog at the Crosby Arboretum. An arboretum is like an outdoor museum that protects and displays trees and other plants. Paul’s team replaced rotten boards and beams and secured planks that had popped out of place. They created a larger opening in the deck to give the trees more room to grow and gave the deck a good pressure wash. Fast-growing cypress trees were causing some of the damage by pushing the boards loose from underneath. Paul’s guys cut back the troublesome cypress knee roots.

    • My Cub Scout Den was there when the Boys from Troop 5 were working at the Crosby Arboretum. The older scouts were great! They talked to the younger boys – answering questions about what they were doing and why. It was really encouraging to my den – the boys started thinking about what they would do for their Eagle projects.

  6. Matt G. from Troop 23 of Bemidji, Minn., and his crew built a 360-foot floating boardwalk at Rice Lake. Two of the toughest parts of the project were getting all the lumber down a steep hill to the lakeside, and making sure the new boardwalk was straight and level. Now visitors are able to use the boardwalk to access the lake to go fishing, harvest wild rice and enjoy other recreational activities. Before Matt showed up, people had to tromp through a swampy area.

  7. Joseph K. from Troop 603 of Pensacola, Fla., and his friends replaced mile markers and signs along a trail used by walkers and runners on Naval Air Station Pensacola. The trail had 10 signs that were supposed to describe different types of nearby trees and shrubs, but some signs were nowhere near the proper plants. Joseph installed new signs and made sure they were near the plants they described.

  8. Nikolas L. from Troop 493 of Virginia Beach, Va., and his volunteers created a large sunclock at his old grade school, Alanton Elementary School, so the students there could learn how time was kept in ancient times. They laid colorful glass mosaic stepping stones on the ground, marking the months and hours. It’s a human sundial. When students step on the proper month, their shadows point to the correct time. Nikolas got the plans from Scotland, but he had to plot his sunclock using the exact latitude and longitude coordinates for the school.

  9. Pat C. from Troop 47 of Menomonie, Wis., and his guys built 28 benches for the stage at the Dunn County Fair. First they took apart an existing bench and used it to make a pattern for the new benches. They engraved the names of other service organizations and local businesses that contributed money for the project on the backs of the benches. Now more people can sit and relax to watch the entertainment.

  10. Caz A. from Troop 9 of Fresno, Calif., and his volunteers remodeled a chapel at Mount Ararat Cemetery in Fresno. They replaced doors, windows and light fixtures. They also installed drywall and carpeting, and rebuilt the bathrooms and air-conditioning and heating systems. They finished the job by repainting the inside and outside of the chapel. The job cost $35,000.

    • @ Boys’ Life. Where did Caz A. get the $35,000? I thought Eagle scouts are expected to finance their own project, and most people can’t invest $35,000 into their Eagle project. I am looking for a project that involves more boys, and is more inclusive. I am not particularly interested in building something because I know that there are only so many tools available and many of the boys end up running around unfocused.

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