Eagle Scout Rank
These are old requirements. See the 2016 requirements.
Attaining the Eagle rank is often the end goal of a scout and his parents. It looks good on a resume and shows commitment to a program over an extended span of time. But, just like each rank advancement before it, the Eagle rank is a major advancement milestone, but not the culmination of scouting.
After reaching Eagle, a scout can continue to earn merit badges and be rewarded with an Eagle Palm for each 5 additional merit badges.
He can also continue to lead and guide the troop or he can change his focus to helping Cub Scouts become Boy Scouts. He may become a Junior Assistant ScoutMaster, helping the ScoutMaster with projects to improve the troop. Or, he can look for worthwhile endeavors outside of scouting to which he can apply his scouting background.
There are many ways an Eagle Scout can continue to contribute to and receive from the Scouting program.
Download the most recent Eagle Scout Application Form
This application can be filled in online by the Eagle candidate.
- Be active in your troop, team, crew, or ship for a period of at least six months after you have achieved the rank of Life Scout.
- Demonstrate that you live by the principles of the Scout Oath and Law in your daily life. List the names of individuals who know you personally and would be willing to provide a recommendation on your behalf, including parents/guardians, religious, educational, and employer references.
- Earn a total of 21 merit badges (10 more than you already have), including the following:
- First Aid,
- Citizenship in the Community,
- Citizenship in the Nation,
- Citizenship in the World,
- Personal Fitness,
- Emergency Preparedness OR Lifesaving,
- Environmental Science OR Sustainability,
- Personal Management,
- Swimming OR Hiking OR Cycling,
- Camping, and
- Family Life.
* You must choose only one merit badge listed in items (8), (9), and (11). If you have earned more than one of the badges listed in items (8), (9), and (11), choose one and list the remaining badges to make your total of 21.
Name of Merit Badge
- While a Life Scout, serve actively in your unit for a period of 6 months in one or more of the following positions of responsibility:
Boy Scout troop: Patrol leader, Venture patrol leader, assistant senior patrol leader, senior patrol leader, troop guide, Order of the Arrow troop representative, den chief, scribe, librarian, historian, quartermaster, junior assistant Scoutmaster, chaplain aide, instructor, webmaster, Leave No Trace trainer. Varsity Scout team: Captain, co-captain, program manager, squad leader, team secretary, Order of the Arrow team representative, librarian, historian, quartermaster, chaplain aide, instructor, den chief. Venturing Crew / Sea Scout Ship: President, vice-president, secretary, treasurer, den chief, quartermaster, historian, guide, boatswain, boatswain's mate, yeoman, purser, storekeeper. Lone Scout: Leadership responsibility in his school, religious organization, club, or elsewhere in his community.
- While a Life Scout, plan, develop, and give leadership to others in a service project helpful to any religious institution, any school, or your community. (The project must benefit an organization other than Boy Scouting.) A project proposal must be approved by the organization benefiting from the effort, your unit leader and unit committee, and the council or district before you start. You must use the Eagle Scout Service Project Workbook, BSA publication No. 512-927, in meeting this requirement. (To learn more about the Eagle Scout service project, see the Guide to Advancement, topics 184.108.40.206 through 220.127.116.11.)
You can download the fillable PDF Eagle Project Workbook.
- Take part in a Scoutmaster conference (with Scoutmaster, Coach, or Advisor).
- Successfully complete an Eagle Scout board of review. In preparation for your board of review, prepare and attach to your Eagle Scout Rank Application a statement of your ambitions and life purpose and a listing of positions held in your religious institution, school, camp, community, or other organizations, during which you demonstrated leadership skills. Include honors and awards received during this service. (This requirement may be met after age 18; see below.)
NOTE: All requirements for Eagle Scout must be completed before the candidate's 18th birthday. The Eagle Scout board of review can be held after the candidate's 18th birthday.
If a scout has a permanent physical or mental disability, he may become an Eagle Scout by qualifying for as many required merit badges as his ability permits and qualifying for alternate merit badges for the remainder. An Application for Alternate Eagle Scout Award Merit Badges form must also be used. See the Eagle Scout Rank Alternate Requirements
More Scouting Information to Use:
Merit Badges - requirements and aids
Scout Activities - great scout activity ideas
Scout Awards - see what awards are available to scouts
Scout Ceremonies - some ceremony ideas
Scout Games - patrol or troop games
Scout Graces - fun meal graces
Scout Jokes - funny, gross, and silly jokes for scouts
Scout Projects - community projects for Scouts BSA patrols or troops
Scout Recipes - tasty food recipes for scout camping
Scout Skits - skits that scouts like to do
Scout Songs - songs for scouts
Scout Stories - stories that scouts will enjoy and understand
Scout Uniform - make sure you put all those badges and patches in the right spots
Scout Tests - online tests for scouts to test their knowledge
Scout Schedule - sample schedule to reach First Class rank in 12-18 months
Eagle Scout Schedule - sample schedule to reach Eagle Scout
Mar 21, 2013 - Karen Brown
Mar 21, 2013 - Scouter Paul
Karen - the BSA has a Duplicate Eagle Credentials form you can complete and submit.
Sep 30, 2013 - Rick Mahler
Sep 30, 2013 - Yukon Jack
Oct 24, 2013 - jason sageer
Jan 03, 2014 - Seth Parkinson
Jan 05, 2014 - Scouter Paul
@Seth - Yes, lots of ideas. Take a look at Eagle Projects to see what others have done.
Mar 04, 2014 - Parent of an eager scout
Mar 04, 2014 - Scouter Paul
Mar 06, 2014 - Karen
Mar 07, 2014 - Scouter Paul
Mar 08, 2014 - Karen
Mar 08, 2014 - Scouter Paul
Mar 08, 2014 - Karen
Mar 11, 2014 - Gene Bair
Mar 11, 2014 - Scouter Paul
Mar 12, 2014 - Bradley Shelledy
Mar 12, 2014 - Scouter Paul
@Bradley - The way courts of honor are run in your troop is not a BSA requirement, but the most common way. When a scout earns a rank, he could be presented his rank patch immediately after the board of review, or at the next patrol meeting, or next troop meeting, or pretty much any time. The presentation of the patch does not need to wait until a court of honor which may be months away. There's an interesting post at this page.
Mar 16, 2014 - Bradley Shelledy
Jun 19, 2014 - Jay Maples
Jun 20, 2014 - Scouter Paul
Jul 23, 2014 - Mom of Two Scouts
Jul 27, 2014 - Scouter Paul
Aug 23, 2014 - Mom of soon to be Eagle Scout
Aug 23, 2014 - Scouter Paul
Sep 09, 2014 - James Allen
Sep 09, 2014 - Scouter Paul
Nov 08, 2014 - Future Eagle Scout Mom
Dec 19, 2014 - Ian Stuart
Dec 19, 2014 - Scouter Paul
Dec 19, 2014 - Ian Stuart
Dec 20, 2014 - Joe
Apr 21, 2015 - Ken
Apr 22, 2015 - Scouter Paul
Jun 11, 2015 - Kelly Hart
Jul 25, 2015 - Leighton
Jul 25, 2015 - Scouter Paul
Sep 23, 2015 - Ron
Nov 15, 2015 - Brendan Simon
Nov 16, 2015 - Scouter Paul
Nov 17, 2015 - Scouter Joe
You can be apart of a Venturing crew until your 21st birthday, giving you plenty of time to earn the awards and have fun in Scouting!
May 17, 2018 - Brian Morneault
May 17, 2018 - Scouter Paul
@Brian - 44 year old records can very well be a challenge to
recover due to ancient tech, merging councils, changing staff,
... but here's two things to try:
1. Contact the National BSA Office - see FAQ page
2. Contact the council of the community where you earned your Eagle. Enter your zipcode at this page to find local council contact info.
If you just want to replace your patches, pins, medals, ... then just purchasing those things off eBay is an option, but they can be $$$$$.
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