Eagle Scout Service Projects

The city has established guidelines for receiving requests for Eagle Scout candidate service projects to make sure candidates receive the assistance they need to begin a project and complete it in a timely manner.

Projects exist within City of Poway parks and trails, and at various city facilities. Projects at any of these locations can be discussed and coordinated with the Parks Maintenance Supervisor and Eagle Scout Project Coordinator.

The Requirement

As stated in The Boy Scout Handbook: "While a Life Scout, plan, develop, and give leadership to others in a service project helpful to your religious institution, school, or your community." (The project should benefit an organization other than the BSA.) The project plan must be approved by the organization benefiting from the effort, your unit leader (Scoutmaster, Varsity Scout Coach, Venturing Crew Adviser), unit committee, and by the council or district advancement committee before you start. You must use the Eagle Scout Leadership Service Project Workbook (PDF), in meeting this requirement.


Does the leadership service project for Eagle have to be original, perhaps something you dream up that has never been done before? The answer: No, but it certainly could be. You may pick a project that has been done before, but you must accept responsibility for planning, directing, and following through to its successful completion.


Routine labor (a job or service normally rendered) should not be considered. Work involving council property or other BSA activity is not permitted. The project also may not be performed for a business or an individual, be of a commercial nature, or be a fundraiser. (Fundraising is permitted only for securing materials or supplies needed to carry out your project.)


How big a project is required? There are no specific requirements, as long as the project is helpful to a religious institution, school, or community. The amount of time spent by you in planning your project and the actual working time spent in carrying out the project should be as much as is necessary for you to demonstrate your leadership of others.

Taken directly from the Eagle Scout Leadership Service Project Workbook (PDF) or see the National Eagle Scout Association, Boy Scouts of America website.