These requirements became effective on January 1, 2008.
The wording of requirement 5 below has been adjusted based on the current version of the Eagle Scout Rank Application (512-728).
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- Be active in your troop and patrol for at least 6 months as a Life Scout.
- Demonstrate Scout spirit by living the Scout Oath (Promise) and Scout Law in your everyday 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:
- While a Life Scout, serve actively 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,
- junior assistant Scoutmaster,
- chaplain aide,
Varsity Scout team.
- program manager,
- squad leader,
- team secretary,
- Order of the Arrow team representative
- chaplain aide,
- den chief.
Venturing crew / Sea Scout ship.
- vice president,
- den chief
- boatswain's mate,
- While a Life Scout, plan, develop, and give leadership to others in a service project helpful to any religious institution, school, or community. (The project should benefit an organization other than Boy Scouting.) The project idea must be approved by the organization benefiting from the effort, your Scoutmaster and troop committee and the council or district before you start. You must use the Eagle Scout Leadership Service Project Workbook, BSA publication No. 512-927, in meeting this requirement.
- Take part in a Scoutmaster conference.
- Successfully complete an Eagle Scout board of review.
* You must choose only one merit badge listed in items (g) and (j). If you have earned more than one of the badges listed in items (g) and (j), choose one and list the remaining badges to make your total of 21.
Note: All requirements must be completed before a candidate's 18th birthday, however the Eagle Scout board of review can be held after the candidate's 18th birthday. For more information, see Advancement Committee Policies and Procedures, publication No. 33088.
If you have a permanent physical or mental disability, 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.
The Alternate requirements are also listed in more detail under Eagle Scout Rank - Alternate Requirements in the current Boy Scout Requirements book. (No. 34765).
The Eagle Scout Leadership Service Project Workbook
and the Eagle Scout Application (#512-728) are available from BSA in PDF
The forms can be filled in on-line and saved locally.
These can be used by Scouts in lieu of the printed forms.
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here for the workbook.
The 2009 edition of the application form MUST be used by all Scouts after August 1, 2009. It can be obtained at your local Scout Service Center or by printing the PDF from the NESA web site.
VENTURERS and SEA SCOUTS
The requirements above are those for boys enrolled in the Boy Scout Division as members of Boy Scout Troops (including Venture Patrols within Troops) or Varsity Scout Teams. The following requirements apply to boys registered in the Venturing Program including Sea Scouts.
- Any male Venturer who has achieved the First Class rank as a Boy Scout in a troop or Varsity Scout in a team may continue advancement toward Star, Life and Eagle Scout ranks up to his 18th birthday.
- He must meet the requirements as prescribed in the official Boy Scout Handbook and the current Boy Scout Requirements book.
- The Venturer may fulfill leadership requirements by serving as president, vice president, secretary, or treasurer of his crew, or as boatswain, boatswain's mate, yeoman, purser, or storekeeper for his ship.
- The Scoutmaster conference will be conducted by the Advisor or Skipper.
- A board of review will be conducted by the crew or ship committee.
For requirement 4, a Lone Scout meets the requirement by showing proof of leadership responsibility in his school, religious organization, club, or elsewhere in his community
Mike Walton has created a PowerPoint Presentation that contains a set of worksheets that you can use to gather all of the information you will need to fill out your Application for Eagle Scout Rank Award. To download it, Click here.