Dakota County General Volunteer and Internship Opportunities

Eagle Scout and Gold Award Projects - Girl Scouts - Gold Award Projects


Scouting is a great American tradition. Dakota County is a proud supporter of Girl and Boy Scouts who wish to complete Gold Awards and Eagle Scout Awards in partnership with the county. To ensure your project is considered, carefully read and complete all county and scout instructions.


  1. Read the guidelines listed on this page and the Gold Award Requirements.
  2. Plan for a minimum of four months to complete the project. (Dakota County cannot accept projects with "emergency" deadlines.)
  3. Scout must be a resident of Dakota County or belong to a Dakota County-based scout troop.
  4. Be prepared to make all contacts and communications required to successfully complete the project with limited parental or adult involvement. Parents or adult troop leaders are welcome and encouraged to accompany the Scout during all meetings with the city Eagle Scout/Gold Award coordinator. However, if at any time the County Volunteer Coordinator observes that the project is being orchestrated by adults, the County Volunteer Coordinator will not sign off on the project.
  5. Scout will be prepared to present himself/herself in a professional manner in his/her communications (phone calls, meetings, emails, etc.) with the County Volunteer Coordinator.
  6. Project must be of a scope and level that can be accomplished by the scout and his/her crew. Complicated projects that require too much adult participation, high safety issues or considerable maintenance costs will be rejected. Dakota County reserves the right to reject any project.

Please note that the County Volunteer Coordinator has official duties that take priority over Eagle Scout/Gold Award Projects. Therefore, Eagle Scout/Gold Award Project meetings are arranged around the county’s schedule.

Dakota County reserves the right to remove or discontinue past scout projects due to theft, vandalism, inability to maintain or lack of need.


  1. Scout submits a volunteer application to the County Volunteer Coordinator for review.
  2. The scout should then send an introductory email introducing themselves as well as including what types of projects/locations they are interested in to see what projects might be available to the coordinator. The coordinator will then send those ideas to county staff to see if any projects are a good fit.
  3. The scout will wait to hear back from the coordinator to see if any projects are available. 
  4. The scout will then be required to send the coordinator a project proposal. The project proposal should not exceed 2000 words and should cover a detailed description of the project,  discussion of community benefits of the project, and methods of how the project will be completed. Viable projects should address a current need that the county has, should not require excessive or expensive maintenance, and be installed in an appropriate amount of time. The county may suggest alternative locations where there is a greater need.
  5. The County Volunteer Coordinator will forward the proposal to county project managers that match the area of interest in the application. Managers will review the application and evaluate the Scout’s project ideas. The county is under no obligation to accept any project proposal.
  6. The County Volunteer Coordinator will contact the scout to inform him/her of any applicable projects.
  7. The scout visits the site or researches project to consider and decide which project, if any, he/she would like to pursue.
  8. If the scout chooses a Dakota County project, he/she arranges for a meeting with the County Volunteer Coordinator and appropriate project manager to discuss project details.
  9. Scout prepares the necessary paperwork to get the project approved through his/her own troop and scout office, and arranges a meeting with County Volunteer Coordinator to get any necessary signatures.
  10. Scout determines the source of funding for the project, perhaps by pursuing donations or fundraising.
  11. Scout does any necessary research to learn about the type of work he/she will be teaching others for his/her project. (For example, if he/she is doing trail work, he/she should get any available literature on trail design and maintenance from state agencies or the library.)
  12. Scout will sign the county release of liability forms and require all other persons that will be working on the project to sign the same form.
  13. Scout finalizes the plan for his/her project completing a project application and sets up a meeting with the county volunteer coordinator to get final approval of the project, funding sources, budget and work schedule.
  14. Scout notifies the County Volunteer Coordinator two weeks in advance of his/her first work day to arrange for a final walk-through at the site. At the final walk-through, the location for material delivery should be determined, construction locations flagged and last-minute questions answered. If scout is not doing a construction project, there will be meetings scheduled depending on projects.
  15. Scout notifies the County Volunteer Coordinator that he/she has completed the project and schedules a completed project walk through or wrap-up meeting. If the scout candidate has complied with the county's and Scout Office’s procedures and has successfully completed the project, the County Volunteer Coordinator will sign off on any paperwork that is required of the Eagle Scout/Gold Award candidate at this meeting. At this time, the County Volunteer Coordinator will need to see all of the photos and documentation that scout candidate will be turning into the Scout Office. Good luck at your review board.


For more information

For questions about scout project guidelines and procedures, contact Garrett Zaffke at garrett.zaffke@co.dakota.mn.us or 651-438-4635.