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The Eagle Scout Service Project Fundraising Application
(page 3-7 of the Project Workbook) must be used in
obtaining approval for service project fundraising or securing donations of
materials*. Send the completed form to your local council service center,
where it will be routed to those responsible for approval. This may
be a district executive or another staff member, the council or district
advancement committee, a finance committee, etc., as determined appropriate.
*This application is not necessary for contributions form the
candidate, his parents or relatives, his unit or its chartered organization,
parents or members of his unit, or the beneficiary. All money left over,
regardless of the source, goes to the beneficiary.
If the standards below are met, your fundraising effort likely will be
Eagle Scout service projects may not be fundraisers. 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. Unless the effort
involves contributions only form the beneficiary, 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. This is achieved by submitting the Eagle Scout Service Project
- It must be clear to all donors or event participants that the money
is being raised on behalf of the project beneficiary. 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.
- Any contracts must be signed by a responsible adult, acting as an
individual, without reference to the Boy Scouts of America. The person
who signs the contract is personally liable. Contracts must not and
cannot bind the local council, Boy Scouts of America, or the unit's
- If something is to be sold, we want people to buy it because it is a
quality product, not just because of an associations with Scouting.
Buyers or donors must be informed that the money will be used for an
Eagle Scout service project to benefit the school, religious
institution, or community chosen, and any funds left over will go to
- Any products sold or fundraising activities conducted must be in
keeping with the ideals and principles of the BSA. For example, they
must not include raffles or other games of chance.
- Should any donors want documentation of a gift, this must be
provided through the project beneficiary, not the Boy Scouts of America.
If a donor or fundraising participant wants a receipt, this, too, must
be provided in the name of the beneficiary.
- Youth are not normally permitted to solicit funds on behalf of other
organizations. However, a local council may allow an exception for Eagle
Scout service projects.