Have you Fulfilled the Requirements?



       1. Be active in your troop for a period of at least six months after you have achieved the rank of Life Scout.

       2. As a Life Scout, demonstrate Scout Spirit by living the Scout Oath and Scout Law. Tell how you have done your duty to God, how you have
           lived the Scout Oath and Scout Law in your everyday life, and how your understanding of the Scout Oath and Scout Law will guide your life
           in the future. List on your Eagle Scout Rank Application the names of individuals who know you personally and would be willing to provide 
           a recommendation on your behalf, including parents/guardians, religious (if not affiliated with an organized religion, then the parent or 
           guardian provides this reference), educational, employer (if employed), and two other references.

       3. Earn a total of 21 merit badges (10 more than you already have), including the following:
    1. Camping
    2. Citizenship in the Community
    3. Citizenship in the Nation
    4. Citizenship in the World
    5. Communication
    6. Cooking
    7. Family Life
    8. Emergency Preparedness OR Lifesaving *
    9. Environmental Science or Sustainability *
    10. First Aid
    11. Personal Fitness
    12. Personal Management
    13. Swimming OR Hiking OR Cycling *
      * You must choose only one merit badge listed in items 8, 9 and 13. If you have earned more than one of the badges listed in items 8, 9 and 13, choose one and list the remaining badges to make your total of 21.

        4. While a Life Scout, serve actively for a period of six months in your unit in one or more of the following positions of responsibility: 
    • Junior Assistant Scoutmaster (JASM)
    • Senior Patrol Leader (SPL)
    • Assistant Senior Patrol Leader (ASPL)
    • Venture Patrol Leader
    • Patrol Leader (PL)
    • Troop Guide
    • Order of the Arrow Troop Representative
    • Den Chief, Scribe
    • Librarian
    • Historian
    • Quartermaster
    • Chaplain Aide
    • Instructor
    • Webmaster
    • Leave No Trace Trainer
        5. 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 the Boy Scouts of America.) A project proposal must be approved by the organization benefiting from the effort, your 
            Scoutmaster 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 9.0.2.0 through 9.0.2.16.)

            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 9.0.2.0 through 9.0.2.15.)
         6. While a Life Scout, participate in a Scoutmaster conference.

           7. Successfully complete your board of review for the Eagle Scout rank.

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, in accordance with Guide to Advancement topic 8.0.3.1.)

The National Eagle Scout Association (NESA) provides a number of online resources to assist Scouts in earning the Eagle rank — including an electronic version of the Eagle Scout Rank Application and the Eagle Scout Service Project Workbook — via their Web site at www.nesa.org.


AGE REQUIREMENT ELIGIBILITY. Merit badges, badges of rank, and Eagle Palms may be earned by a registered Boy Scout. He may earn these awards until his 18th birthday. An Eagle Scout board of review may occur, without special approval, within three months after the 18th birthday. Local councils must preapprove those held three to six months afterward. To initiate approval, the candidate, his parent or guardian, the unit leader, or a unit committee member attaches to the application a statement explaining the delay. Consult the Guide to Advancement in the case where a board of review is to be conducted more than six months after a candidate’s 18th birthday.

If you have a permanent physical or mental disability, or a disability expected to last more than two years, or beyond age 18, you may become an Eagle Scout by qualifying for as many required merit badges as you can and qualifying for alternative merit badges for the rest. If you seek to become an Eagle Scout under this procedure, you must submit a special application to your local council service center. Your application must be approved by your council advancement committee before you can work on alternative merit badges.

A Scout with a disability may work toward rank advancement after he is 18 years of age if he meets the guidelines outlined in the Guide to Advancement.


(Text edited for Boy Scouts and reformatted from www.scouting.org April 2020)

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