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Life to Eagle (LiTE)

Life to Eagle (LiTE)

These are the steps for earning the Eagle Scout rank in Troop 57.

After you have earned your Life Scout rank:

  1. Work on completing Eagle MB and other, non-project requirements.

  2. Get assigned a LiTE Advisor by emailing LiTECoordinator.Troop57@troopmaster.email

  3. Be thinking about your project.

  4. Review your project idea with your LiTE Advisor.

  5. Write up your Eagle Project Proposal using the Eagle Scout Service Project Workbook (see link below), and use it to start your Eagle Project Binder (see info below)

  6. Review and get approval of Eagle project proposal from LiTE Advisor.  Get signatures from 1) LiTE Advisor (signs for Unit Leader), 2) Beneficiary, and 3) Committee Chair (CommitteeChair.Troop57@troopmaster.email), preferably in that order.

  7. Meet with and get a signature from District Representative, see contact information for Eagle Project Workbook below (link below) You must have these 4 signatures on your proposal before you can proceed with your project.

  8. Finish Eagle project plan using the Eagle Project Workbook. 

  9. Review with LiTE advisor.


COVID-19 Update regarding 10-12 line items below:  

Our troop is 100% virtual at this time.  Execution of eagle projects must be done with no gatherings.  If work can be distributed virtually, that is okay, and service hours will be logged and tracked in the Events Tracker Sheet (link on line 13)


As for signing an informed consent and waiver in Jumbula - our leaders with detailed knowledge of the project should use their best judgement.  Most projects  being done at home right now will not need a waiver.  An example where a waiver might be warranted - the project requires a scout to use a power tool at their house, and we want to make sure that the parents are informed and have agreed to the scout's participation which requires use of the power tool.  If you need a waiver set up, email:  TCorganizer.troop57@troopmaster.email.



  1. Set a date for the project, then contact TCorganizer.Troop57@troopmaster.email and MBCoordinator.Troop57@troopmaster.email to request a Jumbula waiver and trip coordinator to assist with the project setup. Please provide them with this info: Date(s), Time, Location, Short description of the event and the names of 2 registered adults who have agreed to be present at the site of the project for the entire time.

  2. Recruit scouts to help, making sure they sign up and submit the proper paperwork.

  3. Do the project. Take lots of photos!

  4. Report volunteer hours on Events Tracker Sheet and notify ActivitiesRecorder.troop57@troopmaster.email

  5. Finish writing up project using the Eagle Project Workbook.  

  6. Get beneficiary’s signature, confirming project is complete in Project Report Section.

  7. Get LiTE Advisor signature (signs as Unit Leader) in Project Report Section for final Eagle Project Completion

  8. LiTE Advisor - Sign off in Scoutbook the Eagle Project is complete or ask Advancement Recorder to sign off in Scoutbook that the project has been completed.

  9. Have all non-project Eagle requirements complete.

  10. Get a copy of your Individual Advancement Report (IAR) and Scouts BSA History Report from Scoutbook. Ask AdvancementRecorder.troop57@troopmaster.email if you need help with this.  

  11. Write “Statement of Life Purpose” and on a separate page, provide a list of non-BSA Leadership Positions (See Eagle App. Req. 6.) 

  12. Complete Eagle Application, but wait to get signatures from Scoutmaster and Committee Chair until after the Eagle SMC (see below). We suggest using the report in Scoutbook that will download the Eagle Application and pre-populate lots of data (name, leadership positions, merit badges, etc.).

  13. Review and get approval from LiTE Advisor that the Eagle Binder is complete.

  14. Make copy of Eagle Binder.  


COVID-19 Update:  Create a soft copy to replicate as close as possible the hard copy binder. To prepare for council submission the council would like you to submit your Eagle Rank Application, Eagle Scout Service Project Workbook (including supporting documents and photographs), Statement of Ambitions and Life Purpose, list of Non-BSA leadership positions and awards, and your Scouts BSA History Report. 

Separate into five separate .pdf files with your last name, first initial and document name as file name: e.g.: Smith.J.Eagleapplication.pdf, Smith.J.Eagleprojectworkbook.pdf, Smith.J.Statementofpurpose.pdf, Smith.J.leadershipawards.pdf, Smith.J.BSAhistoryreport.pdf.


  1. Request SMC from LiTECoordinator.Troop57@troopmaster.email. You will be assigned two ASMs to conduct the SMC.


COVID-19 update: e-mail completed soft copy of binder to each ASM prior to SMC  (minimum 24 hours before the meeting)

  1. Deliver two binders to Eagle SMC ASMs (one to each ASM, minimum 24 hours before the meeting).

  2. Have the SMC. After successful completion, email AdvancementRecorder.troop57@troopmaster.email that you have completed your SMC, cc the ASMs that conducted the SMC.

  3. Modify Eagle binder, if needed.  

  4. Get signature for Eagle Application from Scoutmaster and Committee Chair. They must sign after everything is completed. This is the final troop-level approval.

  5. Turn in the Eagle Binder at the Scout House. 


COVID-19 Update:  Turn in soft copy of Eagle Binder via e-mail to:  David.You@scouting.org and cc Elizabeth Thompson:  elizabetht6@gmail.com.  Here is a link to Council guidelines:  Eagle Binder Submission


Double check:

    1. Make sure all signatures on proposal and application are complete. 

    2. Make sure Eagle application is complete with SMC date and signed by you.  

    3. Keep a copy at home. The Eagle Board of Review Coordinator from the Stanford District will contact you within ~4 weeks to schedule your Eagle BoR. [Note: if you turn in your Binder before the 1st of the month, then you will be assigned to the BOR later that same month]


COVID-19 Update:  Board of Reviews will be conducted virtually


  1. After successful completion of BoR, email LiTECoordinator.Troop57@troopmaster.email, AdvancementRecorder.troop57@troopmaster.email, and Scoutmaster.troop57@troopmaster.email.

Useful BSA or Troop57 Eagle Links and Information

Eagle Project Resource Deck

BSA Eagle Scout Rank Application Process

Eagle Scout Rank Application.pdf (must load from within Adobe Acrobat or right click and select "save link as" and save on your computer and launch from saved file).

Eagle Scout Service Project Workbook.pdf  (must load from within Adobe Acrobat or right click and select "save link as" and save on your computer and launch from saved file).

Contact Information for Eagle Project Workbook Pg 9 (contact information for District Approval Representative can be found here)

Eagle Project Binder

For your Eagle Binder, please use a 3-ring binder with tabbed separators, and include the following items in order:

  1. Binder cover - Scout’s name, Troop #, and either a picture of the project or the Eagle Scout symbol.  

  2. Eagle Scout Application

  3. Service Project Workbook (Project Approval and Signature Page, Final Plan, Report and Final Signature Page)

  4. Photos of your Eagle Project (ideally: before, during and after it is completed)

  5. Statement of Ambitions and Life Purpose 

  6. List of leadership positions and awards outside of BSA (for Eagle App. Req. 7, see below). 

  7. Individual Advancement Report and History Report from your Scoutbook account

  8. Appendix - Supporting information (additional drawings, expense sheets, etc.)

Statement of Ambitions and Life Purpose

(from Eagle Application, under “Certification By Applicant”)

“In preparation for your board of review, prepare and attach to your Eagle Scout Rank Application a statement of your ambitions and life purpose and a listing of positions held in your religious institution, school, camp, community, or other organizations, during which you demonstrated leadership skills. Include honors and awards received during this service.”

Here's a helpful link:  http://www.ehow.com/how_4814388_write-eagle-scout-personal-statement.html

Writing Tips

  1. Type or print legibly. If you use a computer, don't forget to use spell check.

  2. Use your own words. Write in a way that reflects your personality. Strive for a friendly, confident tone, not too stiff or too casual.

  3. Have a parent, teacher or trusted friend read through your finished statement to check grammar, spelling and clarity.

Composing Your Statement

1. What are your ambitions through high school and beyond? Will you attend college? What career do you hope to pursue? What talents will you develop? Do you plan to start a family, open a business or give back to your community? Be specific. Think big. How do you want to change the world?

Aim for about 500 words. This portion should be in essay form, organized into paragraphs. 

Focus on one main idea per paragraph. For example, discuss goals for personal development in one paragraph, career goals in the next. Include stories or personal experiences that have shaped your character and ambitions, but keep them brief and relevant.

2. List positions in which you demonstrated leadership skills. Include roles such as camp counselor, student-body officer, community volunteer, mentor or project leader. Don't worry about being modest. This is your chance to shine. This portion of your statement can be presented in bullet form. Limit each bullet point to the type of organization, the position held, responsibilities and length of service.

3. List any awards or honors received. According to www.eaglescout.org, honors aren't limited to medals and plaques. They can include a newspaper article, a letter of thanks or anything that made you feel special. Use bullet form. Stick to one or two sentences per bullet point.