Paint fire hydrants. It was the Eagle Scout project I’d heard was overdone. Yet, I hadn’t actually heard of someone doing it.

That all changed when I was helping my husband sort through old things. I was excited when I found his certificate for becoming an Eagle Scout.Then, I laughed when I found out that he did, indeed, paint fire hydrants for his project.

Luckily, for him, it was fun, and he gained leadership skills from getting others involved.

Still, it’s nice to remember that your son doesn’t have paint fire hydrants or complete any other common project idea–unless that’s the right fit for him.

Eagle Scout Projects are a big deal. Your son has just gone through years of merit badge earning and Scout lesson learning. He’s gained important life skills, and he’s unique.

His Eagle Scout project is a culmination of his Scout training and invites him to learn to serve others. It’s an opportunity for him to get on the right track, learning that service can apply to his unique passions and interests.

So, how can you tell if your son has selected the perfect project or is just picking the first thing that comes to mind?

Here’s a few signs your son might have picked the right Eagle Scout project for himself:

  1. The project is something he is really passionate about. 

He is eager about his project. He’s decided to work with an organization that means something to him or to work on something he loves. The project represents a struggle he’s overcome, a service he loves to perform, or a trial of someone he knows.

2. It encourages him to use his talents and skills.

Does your son love soccer? Theater? Playing the guitar? There are a lot of ways your son can apply his talents to his Eagle Scout project. If he gets to utilize something he’s good at, the project will be more enjoyable and successful.

3. He isn’t just trying to copycat a friend or family member.

His project isn’t the same as everyone else’s. He isn’t doing it because others did it but because it’s something he’s excited about. A friend or family member may have done something similar, but he’s not just picking the project because others did it.

4. He contemplated what he’d do for his project. 

He made a list. He considered options. He shopped around. He decided on a project after looking at various choices.

Your son really doesn’t have to settle when selecting an Eagle Scout project. He can and should choose something that will help him grow and gain enthusiasm for service.

Struggling to come up with a good project idea? Here is a list of nearly 300 projects.

Comment below if you have any great ideas for projects or thoughts on choosing a project.

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