The Eagle Scout rank requirements will be revised effective April 1, 1999. Scouts may
complete Eagle Scout rank using the old requirements until April
1, 1999 and may complete Eagle Scout rank using these new requirements beginning January
1, 1999. Due to the time needed to fulfill requirement 1, any Scout who becomes Life after October 1, 1998 must use these requirements.
- Be active in your troop or patrol for at least 6 months as a Life
- Demonstrate Scout spirit by living the Scout Oath (Promise) and Scout Law in your
- Earn a total of 21 merit badges (10 more than you already have), including the
- First Aid
- Citizenship in the Community
- Citizenship in the Nation
- Citizenship in the World
- Personal Fitness
- Emergency Preparedness OR Lifesaving*
- Environmental Science
- Personal Management
- Swimming OR Hiking OR Cycling*
- Camping, and
- Family Life.
( * 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.)
- While a Life Scout, serve actively for 6 months in one or more
of the following positions of responsibility:
Boy Scout troop. Patrol leader, assistant senior patrol leader, senior patrol
leader, troop guide, den chief, scribe, librarian, historian, quartermaster, junior
assistant Scoutmaster, chaplain aide, instructor, or Venture crew chief.
Varsity Scout team. Captain, cocaptain, program manager, squad leader, team
secretary, librarian, quartermaster, chaplain aide, instructor, or den chief.
- 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 should benefit an organization other than Boy
Scouting.) The project idea must be approved by your Scoutmaster and troop committee and
approved by the council or district before you start. You must use the Life to Eagle
Packet, BSA Publication No. 18-927, in meeting this requirement.
- Take part in a Scoutmaster conference.
- Successfully complete an Eagle Scout board of review.
NOTE: 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
alternate merit badges for the rest. If you seek to become and Eagle under this procedure,
you must submit a special application to your council service center. Your application
must be approved by your council committee on advancement BEFORE YOU CAN WORK ON
ALTERNATIVE MERIT BADGES. (See Article entitled "Alternative Merit Badges for the
Eagle Scout Rank" posted on this system.)