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Eagle Scout

Rank Requirements



  1. Be active in your troop and 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. Personal Fitness
  7. Emergency Preparedness OR Lifesaving
  8. Environmental Science 
  9. Personal Management 
  10. Swimming OR Hiking OR Cycling
  11. Camping, and 
  12. Family Life *
  1. 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, 
  • assistant senior patrol leader, 
  • senior patrol leader, 
  • troop guide, 
  • OA troop representative,
  • den chief, 
  • scribe, 
  • librarian, 
  • historian, 
  • quartermaster, 
  • junior assistant Scoutmaster, 
  • chaplain aide, or
  • instructor.
Varsity Scout team.
  • Captain, 
  • cocaptain, 
  • program manager,
  • squad leader, 
  • team secretary, 
  • OA team representative,
  • librarian, 
  • quartermaster, 
  • chaplain aide, 
  • instructor, or
  • den chief.
Venturing crew / Sea Scout ship.
  • President,
  • vice president,
  • secretary,
  • treasurer,
  • boatswain,
  • boatswain's mate,
  • yeoman,
  • purser, or
  • storekeeper
  1. 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 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. 18-927A, in meeting this requirement.
  2. Take part in a Scoutmaster conference. 
  3. 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. 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. 33088B.

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.