Road to Eagle

The Eagle Scout Rank is the highest rank attainable in the Boy Scouts of America. Since its introduction in 1911, the Eagle Scout Rank has been earned by more than 2 million young men. The title of “Eagle Scout” is held for life, thus giving rise to the phrase “Once an Eagle, always an Eagle”.

Preparation for becoming an Eagle Scout begins when you join the Troop. Please keep all rank, merit badge (blue card), leadership and other award certification and badges because you will have to present most of that information with your Eagle application. One of the best ways to do this is in a notebook with plastic card holders, like those used for baseball cards.
The Eagle Scout Adviser is Scoutmaster Don Rowley or Assistant Scoutmaster Gary Bowman. They are willing to answer any questions you may have at any point along your way to becoming an Eagle Scout. Links to Downloads are at the bottom of this page.

Requirements for Eagle Scout Rank
The Boy Scouts of America has six requirements for achieving Eagle Scout:

  1. Be active in your troop for at least six months after earning Life Scout.
  2. Demonstrate that you live by the principles of the Scout Oath and Law in your daily life.
  3. Earn a total of 21 merit badges, including 12 required badges.
  4.  While a Life Scout, serve in a leadership position for at least six months.
  5. While a Life Scout, plan, develop and give leadership to others in a service project helpful to any religious institution, school or community.
  6.  Write a statement of ambitions and life purposes.

Approvals on the application form must be obtained from the Scoutmaster and the Troop Committee Chairperson or their designee after a Scoutmaster conference and before the Eagle Board of Review. The Eagle Scout must have his Scoutmaster Conference before his 18th birthday. The Eagle Board of Review may be conducted after the 18th birthday.

 

Steps to becoming an Eagle Scout
Making application for Eagle Rank and seeing it through to completion requires effort, dedication and attention to detail, requirements and deadlines. Read the application and directions carefully and follow them in word and spirit. Listed below are the steps to follow. They are generally sequential.

  • Complete the Eagle Scout Requirements 1-4 listed above.
  • Using the Eagle Scout Leadership Service Project Workbook (see link below), complete Section 1 and obtain the required signatures.
    Unit Leader: Scoutmaster Don Rowley
    Unit Committee: Advancement Chair ALeta Dover or designee Larry Chan.
    District Committee: plan and write a project proposal in consultation with the Eagle adviser and representatives of the organization that will benefit. Secure approval signatures from the Scoutmaster and the representative of the organization that will benefit and the Advancement Chair (or the Advancement Chair’s designee)
  •  Complete the Eagle Project and Workbook.
  •  If needed, obtain a Tour Permit Application for the project from the District Office. Fill out and review with Eagle Advisor. Submit to District Office prior to date of project.
  •  Complete the project. While there is no specific requirement for the number of hours that must be worked by all participants, almost all projects exceed 100.
  • Write up the project results. Include documentation such as before-and-after pictures, a list of who participated and number of hours, materials needed, and changes made.
  •  Write Requirement 6, the statement of ambition and life purposes.
  • Submit the project write-up, Requirement 6, Eagle Scout Rank Application, and a copy of merit badge and rank advancement cards to the Eagle Adviser in draft form for review.
  •  After review by the Eagle Adviser, complete the project write-up, Requirement 6 and application in final form.
  •  Schedule a conference with the Scoutmaster, and complete the conference. Secure the Scoutmaster’s signature on the application once the conference is satisfactorily concluded. Secure the Committee Chair’s signature.
  •  Schedule an Eagle Board of Review with the Advancement Chair. Deliver a copy of the application, project and statement of ambitions to the members of your board at least one week prior to the Eagle Board of Review. Bring the original application, project write-up and Requirement 6 essay, to the board of review. If passed, secure appropriate signatures.

Completing the Application
List Your Full Name: First, middle and last names in that order, to 30 characters maximum. Middle initial may be used if full name is more than 30 characters.

  1.  Scouting Dates: First Class, Star and Life ranks are Board of Review dates, not Court of Honor.
  2. Age Requirement Eligibility: All requirements must be met by the 18th birthday.
  3.  Requirement 2, listing individuals who are willing to provide recommendations: If no formal religious affiliation, list parents/guardians or leave blank. If no employer, leave blank. No letters of recommendation are required. Be sure to include addresses and phone numbers.
  4.  Requirement 3, Merit Badges: “Date Earned” is the date the Merit Badge counsellor signed the Merit Badge (“blue” card, not date of the Board of Review for the badge).
  5. Requirement 4, leadership: Only leadership since earning Life Scout should be entered.
    Assembling the Application
    Material should be assembled in the order listed on the application, with the application first. It is helpful to divide the sections with tabs in notebook style. The order:
    1. Eagle Scout Rank Application
    2. Requirement 3: Merit Badge Blue Cards (photocopies, not originals – hold the originals in your own records)
    3. Requirement 5: Service Project documentation, including approvals, supporting materials and final report
    4. Statement of ambition and life purposes

Copying the Application

Throughout the Board of Review process, you will need the following sets of documents:

  1. Original application with all original materials, except for blue Merit Badge cards
  2. Three copies, to be delivered to the members of the Eagle Board of Review one week prior to the Eagle Board of Review.
  3. One copy for yourself
    Total copies: Four, plus original

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