Alternate Merit Badges
for the Eagle Scout Rank
- The Eagle Scout rank may be acheived by
a Boy Scout,
Varsity Scout, or qualified* Explorer who has a
physical or mental disability by qualifying for
alternate merit badges. This does not apply to
individual requirements for merit badges. Merit
badges are awarded only when all requirements
are met as stated.
- The physical or mental disability must be of a permanent
rather than a temporary nature.
- A clear and concise medical statement concerning the Scout's
disabilities must be submitted by a physician licensed to
practice medicine, or an evaluation statement must be
certified by an educational administrator.
- The candidate must earn as many of the required merit badges
as his ability permits before applying for an alternate Eagle
Scout merit badge.
- The candidate must complete as many of the requirements of
the required merit badges as his ability permits
- The Application for Alternate Eagle Scout Merit Badges must
be completed prior to qualifying for alternate merit badges.
- The alternate merit badges chosen must be of such a nature
that they are as demanding of effort as the required merit
- When alternates chosens involve physical activity, they
must be approved by the physician.
- The Unit Leader and the board of review must explain that
to attain the Eagle Scout rank a candidate is expected to
do his best in developing himself to the limit of his
- The application must be approved by the council committee
responsible for advancement, utilizing the expertise of
professional persons involved in Scouting for the disabled.
- The candidate's application for eagle must be made on the
Eagle Scout Rank Application, with the Application for
Alternate Eagle Scout Award Merit Badges attached.
*In order for an Explorer to be an Eagle candidate, he must have
achieved the First Class rank as a Boy Scout or