- Be active in your troop for a period of at least six months as a Life Scout.
- 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.
- Earn a total of 21 merit badges (10 more than required for the Life rank), including these 13 merit badges:
Citizenship in the Community
Citizenship in the Nation
Citizenship in the World
Emergency Preparedness OR
Environmental Science OR
You must choose only one of the merit badges
listed in categories h, i, and k. Any additional
merit badge(s) earned in those categories may be
counted as one of your eight optional merit badges
used to make your total of 21.
- While a Life Scout, serve actively for a period
of 6 months in one or more of the following
positions of responsibility:
Varsity Scout team.
Venturing crew / Sea Scout ship.
- Patrol leader,
- assistant senior patrol leader,
- senior patrol leader,
- troop guide
- Order of the Arrow troop representative
- den chief,
- junior assistant Scoutmaster,
- chaplain aide,
- Webmaster, or
- outdoor ethics guide9
- program manager,
- squad leader,
- team secretary,
- Order of the Arrow team
- chaplain aide,
- den chief.
- Webmaster, or
- outdoor ethics guide
- vice president,
- den chief,
- boatswain's mate,
- storekeeper, or
Leadership responsibility in his school,
religious organization, club, or
elsewhere in your 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 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 184.108.40.206 through 220.127.116.11.)
- While a Life Scout, participate in a Scoutmaster conference.
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.
- Successfully complete your board of review for the Eagle Scout rank.10 (This requirement may be met after age 18 in accordance with Guide to Advancement, topic 18.104.22.168.)11
For Varsity Scouts working on Boy Scout requirements,
replace "troop" with "team" and "Scoutmaster" with
"Varsity Scout Coach."
For Venturers working on Boy Scout requirements, replace
"troop" with "crew" and "Scoutmaster" with "Crew
For Sea Scouts working on Boy Scout requirements,
replace "troop" with "ship" and "Scoutmaster" with
9 Assistant patrol leader and bugler are not approved
positions of responsibility for the Eagle Scout rank.
Likewise, a Scoutmaster-approved leadership project
cannot be used in lieu of serving in a position of
10 APPEALS & EXTENSIONS
If a Scout believes he has completed all requirements
for the Eagle Scout rank, but is denied a board of
review, he may request a board of review under disputed
circumstances in accordance with Guide to Advancement,
If the board of review does not approve the Scout's
advancement, the decision may be appealed in accordance
with Guide to Advancement, topic 22.214.171.124.
If a Scout foresees that, due to no fault or choice of
his own, he will be unable to complete the Eagle Scout
rank requirements before age 18, he may apply for a
limited time extension in accordance with Guide to
Advancement topic 126.96.36.199. Time extensions are rarely
11AGE REQUIREMENT ELIGIBILITY
Merit badges, badges of rank, and Eagle Palms may be
earned by a registered Boy Scout, Varsity Scout, or
qualified Venturer or Sea Scout. He may earn these
awards until his 18th birthday. Any Venturer or Sea
Scout who achieved the First Class rank as a Boy Scout
in a troop or Varsity Scout in a team may continue
working toward the Star, Life, and Eagle Scout ranks and
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, topic 188.8.131.52, 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 or Venturer with a disability may also work
toward rank advancement after he is 18 years of age if
he meets the guidelines outlined in section 10 of the
Guide to Advancement.
The Alternate requirements are also listed in more
Eagle Scout Rank - Alternate Requirements in the
current Boy Scout Requirements book.