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Eagle Scout Rank Application

Requirement 1:

Be active in your unit for a period of six months after you have achieved the rank of Life Scout.

This means that you are an active, contributing member of your unit, according to the standard set by your unit leader. The Board will rely on the unit leader to determine if the candidate has been "active enough". The standard should be established at the time of the Scout's Scoutmaster Conference when he is earning his Life Scout rank and should be re-examined over time as the Scout matures. If you are not a participating member, leader and example in your unit for a total of six months after your Life Scout Board of Review date, your unit leader may not accept your performance for this requirement. Note that this time period does not have to be six consecutive months, only six months in total. The unit leader should inform the Scout immediately if participation is not adequate to enable the Eagle candidate to improve his activity level. For more details, see Guide to Advancement “”Active Participation”

Requirement 2:

Demonstrate that you live by the principles of the Scout Oath and Law in your daily life. List the names of individuals who know you personally and would be willing to provide a recommendation on your behalf, including parents/guardians, religious, educational, and employer references.

Simply, list people who know you well. Try to get a varied selection. Don't list four teachers if you can instead select people from different areas of your life.

If you do not have an employer, it is permissible to put a line through that title and use the space to list another reference. Since a Scout is reverent, you should include a religious reference. This is to provide Board of Review members with written comments about the Eagle candidate. The Scout should communicate directly with the references by calling or writing to ask their permission to be used as a reference, and then personally sending or delivering the Reference Form. The Reference Form should be delivered to the Board of Review Chairperson confidentially. If the Scout is uncomfortable asking for a confidential reference, another reference should be selected. Please note that the Eagle candidate's parents and unit leader are not responsible for these references, the Scout is responsible. The Board of Review will be encouraged to consider the necessity of adult involvement in this reference process to be a possible area of concern. For more details, see Guide to Advancement “Demonstrate Scout Spirit”

Requirement 3:

Earn a total of 21 merit badges, including 13 of the Eagle required merit badges listed below and 8 of your own choosing:

  1. Camping 
  2. Citizenship in the Community
  3. Citizenship in the Nation
  4. Citizenship in the World
  5. Communications
  6. Cooking
  7. Emergency Preparedness OR Lifesaving
  8. Environmental Science OR Sustainability
  9. Family Life
  10. First Aid
  11. Personal Fitness
  12. Personal Management
  13. Swimming OR Hiking OR Cycling

You must choose only one merit badge listed in items 7, 8 and 13. If you have earned more than one of the badges listed in items 7, 8 and 13, choose one and list the remaining badges to make your total of 21.

Preplanning is a necessary because some merit badges, such as Family Life or Personal Management, require at least three months to complete. List the actual merit badges you used for Star and Life ranks, as well as the rest needed for Eagle. Any checks made against the Star and Life dates you listed on your application can make it appear that you did not have enough merit badges to earn earlier ranks as per the Board of Review dates you listed for them.

On the Eagle Application there are three sets of required merit badges from which you can choose to do one from each group (Emergency Preparedness OR Lifesaving/ Cycling OR Hiking OR Swimming/ Environmental Science OR Sustainability). Both Star and Life ranks allow you to use two from one group, like using Hiking and Swimming as two required merit badges on your Star rank. If you have done this, make sure you select one as the required merit badge (cross off the other option on the application) and list the other required merit badge as a non-required merit badge (in one of the spaces numbered 14-21).

The date earned for the merit badge is the actual day the merit badge counselor signed and dated your merit badge card. Do not use the date you received it at your Court of Honor. Your unit or District Advancement Chairman can help you with dates if you do not have complete records. Don't wait until the last minute to verify that you have the correct merit badges. It is a good idea to review your merit badges with your unit Advancement Chairman right after you receive your Life Scout rank and he or she will help you spot issues or problems while you still have time to complete work.

The Scout has the final responsibility for earning all his merit badges, and merit badge counselors in Westchester-Putman Council at the unit, district and summer camp levels cannot alter or relax any of the merit badge requirements for any one at any time, no matter what the circumstances.

Requirement 4:

While a Life Scout, serve actively for a period of six months in one or more of the following positions of responsibility:

Boy Scout troop: Patrol leader, assistant senior patrol leader, senior patrol leader, Venture patrol leader, troop guide, Order of the Arrow troop representative, den chief, scribe, librarian, historian, quartermaster, junior assistant Scoutmaster, chaplain aide, instructor, Webmaster, Leave No Trace trainer.

Varsity Scout team: Captain, co-captain, program manager, squad leader, team secretary, Order of the Arrow team representative, librarian, historian, quartermaster, chaplain aide, instructor, den chief, Webmaster, Leave No Trace trainer.

Venturing crew/ship: President, vice president, secretary, treasurer, quartermaster, historian, den chief, guide, boatswain, boatswain’s mate, yeoman, purser, storekeeper, Webmaster, Leave No Trace trainer.

Lone Scout: Leadership responsibility in his school, religious organization, club, or elsewhere in his community.

If it is not currently possible for the Eagle candidate to be elected to an office (for example, unit elections won't be held in time) there are several leadership positions that can be assigned by unit leaders, such as den chief. Again, the unit leader will determine the standard of acceptable level of service, just as he or she did in determining the acceptable level of "activeness" in requirement #1. If the unit leader does not register any complaints, the Board of Review must consider this requirement met if the total time of service is six months or more since achieving Life Scout rank. For more details, see Guide to Advancement “Positions of Responsibility”

Requirement 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 should benefit an organization other than Boy Scouting.) The project proposal 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. 512-927, in meeting this requirement.

This is the signature requirement of the Eagle Scout award and usually is a defining event in a Scout's life. The National Eagle Service prepared the Workbook to lay out an objective process for all Eagle candidates to follow. The most important guideline that an Eagle candidate must follow is to get written approval in advance of actually beginning to work on the proposed project. This approval is necessary to save time and effort. If approval is not secured in advance, and the Service project is not satisfactory in any way, the Scout will probably have to start over. Please take this approval requirement very seriously.

Remember, there are several approvals required for the project. The first is the verbal approval from your Scoutmaster (or project advisor within the unit) that your idea will qualify as a valid project. You need this before spending much time writing up the detail plan. After your advisor has helped you get the written plan in order and ready to submit, you will then need several signatures in the Eagle Service Project Workbook. A responsible representative from the organization you are doing the project for is the first signature required. Next, your Scoutmaster signs, followed by the Troop Committee Chairman after you present the project to the Troop committee. The project is now ready to present to the District Advancement Committee for approval. (Note: you should keep a copy of the project write-up, exactly as is presented to the various committees, in case it is lost during the approval cycle.) It is very important that you do not do any of the project, except planning, until the District Advancement Chairman has given written approval.

There are several excellent online resources that can offer Eagle candidates unofficial help with all steps of the Leadership Service Projects, including For more details, see Guide to Advancement “Service Projects” and “The Eagle Scout Service Project”

Please see the Eagle Scout Project section for more detailed information.External Link

Requirement 6:

Take part in a unit leader conference.

The Scoutmaster Conference is the same format as those held for prior ranks, but the standard is raised. Make sure all the requirements have been completed and have everything ready for him or her to review. You might want to talk to him/her ahead of time to see what is expected in the way of documentation when you have the conference. Remember, this conference is a requirement for Eagle Scout and must occur prior to the candidate's 18th birthday. For more details, see Guide to Advancement “Unit Leader (Scoutmaster Conference)”

Requirement 7:

Successfully complete an Eagle Scout board of review. Attach to this 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.

The statement is an excellent opportunity for the Eagle candidate to tell members of the Board of Review about life outside of Scouting. List all the various awards and honors achieved or anything else that the Scout can show to demonstrate leadership skills, such as a letter from a principal or volunteer organization. There is no requirement on the length of the statement, but it should be adequate in order to fully instruct the Board of all the applicant’s achievements in and out of Scouting. Be sure to list any positions of mentorship such as participating in a “Big Brother” program in school or your place of worship. Any employment positions that fulfill leadership such as camp counselor should also be described. Tell the Board your plans for your future and how Scouting has shaped those plans.

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