NOTE: These requirements are in effect beginning January 1, 2016.
1. Be active in your troop for at least six months as a Life Scout.
2. As a Life Scout, demonstrate Scout Spirit by living the Scout Oath and Scout Law. Tell how you have
done your duty to God, how you have lived the Scout Oath and Scout Law in your everyday life, and how
your understanding of the Scout Oath and Scout Law will guide your life in the future. List on your Eagle
Scout Rank Application the names of individuals who know you personally and would be willing to
provide a recommendation on your behalf, including parents/guardians, religious (if not affiliated with an
organized religion, then the parent or guardian provides this reference), educational, employer (if
employed), and two other references.
3. Earn a total of 21 merit badges (10 more than required for the Life rank), including these 13 merit
badges: (a) First Aid, (b) Citizenship in the Community, (c) Citizenship in the Nation, (d) Citizenship in
the World, (e) Communication, (f) Cooking, (g) Personal Fitness, (h) Emergency Preparedness OR
Lifesaving, (i) Environmental Science OR Sustainability, (j) Personal Management, (k) Swimming OR
Hiking OR Cycling, (l) Camping, and (m) Family Life. You must choose only one of the merit badges
listed in categories h, i, and k. Any additional merit badge(s) earned in those categories may be counted
as one of your eight optional merit badges used to make your total of 21.
Name of Merit Badge/Date Earned
4. While a Life Scout, serve actively in your troop for six months in one or more of the following positions of
responsibility: Patrol leader, assistant senior patrol leader, senior patrol leader, troop guide, Order of the
Arrow troop representative, den chief, scribe, librarian, historian, quartermaster, junior assistant
Scoutmaster, chaplain aide, instructor, webmaster, or outdoor ethics guide.
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 must benefit an organization other than
the Boy Scouts of America.) A project proposal must be approved by the organization benefiting from
the effort, your Scoutmaster and unit committee, and the council or district before you start. You must
use the Eagle Scout Service Project Workbook, BSA publication No. 512-927, in meeting this
requirement. (To learn more about the Eagle Scout service project, see the Guide to Advancement,
topics 184.108.40.206 through 220.127.116.11.)
6. While a Life Scout, participate in a Scoutmaster conference.
7. Successfully complete your board of review for the Eagle Scout rank. In preparation for your board of
review, prepare and attach to your Eagle Scout Rank Application a statement of your ambitions and life
purpose and a listing of positions held in your religious institution, school, camp, community, or other
organizations, during which you demonstrated leadership skills. Include honors and awards received
during this service. (This requirement may be met after age 18, in accordance with Guide to
Advancement topic 18.104.22.168.)
Click here for Eagle Scout Service Project Workbook
Click here for Eagle Scout Application
Alternate Requirements: Eagle Scout Rank
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.
1. The Eagle Scout rank may be achieved by a Boy Scout 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.
2. The physical or mental disability must be of a permanent rather than of a temporary nature.
3. A clear and concise medical statement concerning the Scout's disabilities must be made by a physician
licensed to practice medicine, or an evaluation statement must be certified by an educational
4. The candidate must earn as many of the required merit badges as his ability permits before applying for
an alternate Eagle Scout rank merit badge.
5. The Application for Alternate Eagle Scout Award Merit Badges, No. 58-730, must be completed prior to
qualifying for alternate merit badges.
6. The alternate merit badges chosen must be of such a nature that they are as demanding of effort as the
required merit badges.
7. When alternates chosen involve physical activity, they must be approved by the physician.
8. 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 resources.
9. The application must be approved by the council youth development committee, utilizing the expertise of
professional persons involved in Scouting for people with disabilities.
10. 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.
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