Brronze, Gold, and Silver Eagle Palm pins

Eagle Palm
Requirements*


Requirements were REVISED effective August 1, 2017  and further modified retroactively in October, 2017.
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Note that Eagle Palms are NOT considered "Ranks" by BSA. 

After successfully completing your Eagle Scout board of review and being validated as an Eagle Scout by the National Service Center, you will be entitled to receive an Eagle Palm for each additional 5 merit badges you have completed before your Eagle Scout board of review beyond those required for Eagle. In addition, all current Scouts who completed their Eagle board of review and who had not passed their 18th birthday before August 1, 2017 are entitled as well. For these Palms only, it will not be necessary for you to complete any of the requirements stated below.

After becoming an Eagle Scout, you may earn additional Palms by completing the following requirements:

  1. Be active in your troop and patrol the Boy Scouts of America for at least 3 months after becoming an Eagle Scout or after the award of last Palm the last Palm was earned.**
  2. Since earning the Eagle Scout rank or your last Eagle Palm, demonstrate Scout spirit by living the Scout Oath and Scout Law. Tell how you have done your duty to God and how you have lived the Scout Oath and Scout Law in your everyday life.
  3. Make a satisfactory effort to develop and demonstrate leadership ability.
    Continue to set a satisfactory example of accepting responsibility or demonstrating leadership ability.
  4. Earn five additional merit badges beyond those required for Eagle or last Palm.***.
  5. While an Eagle Scout participate in a Scoutmaster conference.*
    6. Successfully complete your board of review for the Eagle Palm.

Notes:

*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 Advisor."
For Sea Scouts working on Boy Scout requirements, replace "troop" with "ship" and "Scoutmaster" with "Skipper."

** Eagle Palms must be earned in sequence, and the three-month tenure requirement must be observed for each Palm.

***Merit Badges earned any time since becoming a Boy Scout may be used to meet this requirement.

Eagle Palms are worn by youth members on the Eagle Scout rank patch, or on the ribbon of the Eagle Scout Medal.  You may wear only the proper combination of Palms for the number of merit badges you earned beyond the rank of Eagle. The Bronze Palm represents 5 merit badges, the Gold Palm 10, and the Silver Palm 15.


Worksheet for use in working on these requirements: Format
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Please note that Requirement 6 MAY be done AFTER the Scout has reached age 18.


NOTE: Scouts who earn three Palms may continue to earn additional Palms in the same order - bronze, gold, and silver. All requirements for Eagle Palms must be completed before a candidate's 18th birthday. The Palms beyond Silver can't be entered into BSA's database, since there doesn't appear to be a way to record multiple instances of the awards, just the number of merit badges earned, but a Scout can still earn and wear the multiple Palms.

The following Table shows how many and which Palms should be worn for various numbers of Merit Badges beyond the 21 required for Eagle Scout, and how long it takes to earn these palms ( assuming exactly 3 months between each Board of Review). To get to the theoretical maximum of 24 23 Palms (8 7 Silver Palms and a Gold Palm), a Scout that had less than 26 merit badges at the time of his Eagle Scout Board of Review would have had to have his Eagle Board of Review before his 12th birthday, and then have each successive Board of Review at exactly 3 month intervals, and have earned every all but one of the 137 current merit badges , plus Computers merit badge (which has been discontinued) and the four Historic merit badges which were available only in 2010. In the table below, the 4th column shows the number of months after earning Eagle, assuming the Scout had less than 26 merit badges at that time. For each group of 5 merit badges above the minimum that the Scout had at that time, reduce the number of months shown by 3. (So for example, if he had between 36 and 40 merit badges when he had his Eagle Board of Review, he could receive the first 3 Palms (i.e. his first Silver Palm) immediately, and then Palm 4 could be earned 3 months later, etc.)

Palm Number

Merit Badges beyond those required for Eagle Scout

Total Merit Badges since joining Scouts

Minimum number of Months since earning Eagle Number of Palms to be worn
Bronze Gold Silver
1 5 26 3 1    
2 10 31 6   1  
3 15 36 9     1
4 20 41 12 1   1
5 25 46 15   1 1
6 30 51 18     2
7 35 56 21 1   2
8 40 61 24   1 2
9 45 66 27     3
10 50 71 30 1   3
11 55 76 33   1 3
12 60 81 36     4
13 65 86 39 1   4
14 70 91 42   1 4
15 75 96 45     5
16 80 101 48 1   5
17 85 106 51   1 5
18 90 111 54     6
19 95 116 57 1   6
20 100 121 60   1 6
21 105 126 63     7
22 110 131 66 1   7
23 115 136 69   1 7
24 120 141 72     8

Sources: Bryan on Scouting - The way Scouts earn Eagle Palms is about to change and
Bryan on Scouting - After hearing from volunteers, BSA to allow current Eagle Scouts to receive Eagle Palms retroactively



Page updated on: October 26, 2017



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