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    • Point well made. I wasn't initially a fan of this Eagle project as there is clearly a political motivation here.  The minute a Scout gets involved in a process that provides benefit to some and results in expense to others where the choice is made by a political body, the project is by nature political.  While this cause seems pretty noble - so to are many others which can be seen as more controversial.  Scouting has been through enough turmoil lately that we don't need even more political affiliation. Yet, I agree think Eagle projects could have even more relevance in the community if Scouts were encouraged to raise the bar like this.  So, for that matter, I think this is a good example of innovation in an Eagle project.
    • Buy the LARGE sash.  It can be "taken in" by tacking up the top shoulder area. Then, as the MBs proliferate and the Scout enlarges,  it can be let out.    I have also seen extra fabric added in (buy another sash and cut it up for extra material?)
    • I agree that it's a poor Eagle project as described because it does not "give leadership to others in a service project helpful to any religious institution, any school, or your community." It also seems to be difficult to "be approved by the organization benefiting from the effort."  I suspect a modification to the plan could have gotten it there. Find an environmental advocacy group in the area and promote an awareness/advocacy project that involved educating the public on the issue and some level of a campaign to get it presented for a vote. That seems to fit, as I understand things.
    • "Political advocacy"  for me implies arguing for an ideal or a particular candidate.  Maybe that includes policy about material use and reuse and trash disposal (trash being whatever a person/society no longer wants.   A Van Gogh painting might be considered trash by someone....) I would counsel a Scout to work for a project that, as has been mentioned,  leads and manages a group and works for the creation of something of lasting value.   Arguing before the City Council?   Maybe not.  Creating a volunteer  recycling center that continues after the Scout "ages out"....  That sounds more like it.   The Scout in this question sounded like an active activist,   of which we need more, but merely arguing a project's acceptance by the city council  ("The Committee To Encourage The Elimination Of Unnecessary Plastic and It's Elimination From The World's Oceans")  might not be the best fulfilling of the Eagle Service Project template. 
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