Eagle Scout

The requirements for Eagle Scout rank were revised effective January 1, 1998.

The requirements for Eagle Scout rank will be revised effective April 1, 1999.

  1. Be active in your troop or patrol for at least 6 months as a Life Scout.
  2. Demonstrate Scout spirit by living the Scout Oath (Promise) and Scout Law in your everyday life.
  3. Earn a total of 21 merit badges (10 more than you already have), including the following:
    1. First Aid
    2. Citizenship in the Community
    3. Citizenship in the Nation
    4. Citizenship in the World
    5. Communications
    6. Safety
    7. Emergency Preparedness OR Lifesaving*
    8. Environmental Science
    9. Personal Management
    10. Personal Fitness OR Swimming OR Sports*
    11. Camping, and
    12. Family Life.
  4. While a Life Scout, serve actively for 6 months in one or more of the following troop positions of responsibility: assistant senior patrol leader, chaplain aide, den chief, instructor, junior assistant Scoutmaster, librarian, patrol leader, quartermaster, scribe, senior patrol leader, troop guide, historian, Venture crew chief, or Varsity team captain.
  5. 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 idea must be approved by your Scoutmaster and troop committee and approved by the council or district before you start. You must use the Eagle Scout Service Project Workbook, No. 18-927, in meeting this requirement.
  6. Take part in a Scoutmaster conference.
  7. Complete your 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: 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.)

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