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Misconceptions Routine Labor

Routine labor is not normally considered appropriate for a project. This might be defined as a job or service that a Scout may provide as part of his daily life, or a routine maintenance job normally done by the beneficiary (for example, picking the weeds on the football field at a school). But the real test has to do with scale and impact. If "routine labor" is conducted on so large a scale it requires planning, development, and leadership, it may have sufficient impact. Addressing Common Misconceptions

1. No unit, district, council, or individual shall place any requirement or other standard on the number of hours spent on a project. The Boy Scouts of America is concerned with hours worked on Eagle Scout service projects and collects this data only because it points to a level of excellence in achieving the BSA aim related to citizenship.

2. Eagle Scout service projects are individual matters. No more than one candidate may receive credit for working on the same project.

3. There is no requirement a project must have lasting value.

4. Any final plan that is completed after the project proposal has been approved by the council or district is between the Scout and the beneficiary. The role of beneficiaries in reviewing plans is explained in the service project beneficiary information sheet, "Navigating the Eagle Scout Service Project, "that is posted on the Advancement Resources page and will be included in the Eagle Scout Service Project Workbook.

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