Eagle Rank Badge And Medal

Eagle Resources

Eagle Requirements

For the most up-to-date Eagle Requirements, visit the official Boy Scout site at www.scouting.org.

Click Here to see the latest requirements as of 8/10/2017. And Click Here for a handy downloadable PDF Version as of 8/10/2017

Complete All the Following Requirements BEFORE your 18th Birthday:

Be an Active Life Scout in Your Troop for 6 Months

Be active in your troop, team, crew, or ship for a period of at least six months after you have achieved the rank of Life Scout.

Demonstrate That You Live by the Scout Oath & Law

Demonstrate that you live by the principles of the Scout Oath and Scout Law in your daily life. 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, educational, and employer references.

Earn 21 Merit Badges

Of the 21 Merit Badges you must earn, the following is a list of those that are Eagle Required. Note that for some Merit Badges you have a choice of one or two others that can go to making up your Eagle Required badges, you may use the others to make up the 21 total. (Click on each item in the list to see the requirements for each badge.)

  1. Camping
  2. Citizen in the Community
  3. Citizen in the Nation
  4. Citizen in the World
  5. Communications
  6. Cooking, (as of Jan. 1, 2014)
  7. Emergency Preparedness or Lifesaving 
  8. Environmental Science or Sustainability
  9. Family Life 
  10. First Aid 
  11. Hiking or Cycling or Swimming
  12. Personal Fitness 
  13. Personal Management 

Serve Actively in Your Troop for 6 Months in a Position of Leadership.

While a Life Scout, serve actively in your unit for a period of six months in one or more of the following positions of responsibility.* (List only those positions served after your Life board of review date.)

  • 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.

Plan, Develop and Lead others in a Service Project

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 Boy Scouting.) A project proposal must be approved by the organization benefiting from the effort, your unit leader and unit committee, and the council or district before you start. As of 8/10/2017, you must use the Eagle Scout Service Project Workbook, BSA Publication No. 512-927, in meeting this requirement. (Please visit the Official Boy Scout Resources Page to make sure you have the latest version of this form.)

Take part in a unit leader conference.

Meet with your ScoutMaster and other Leadership in the Troop to ensure that you have fulfilled your requirements.

Successfully complete an Eagle Scout board of review.

Successfully complete an Eagle Scout board of review. In preparation for your board of review, prepare and attach:

  1. A statement of your ambitions and life purpose
  2. A listing of positions held in your religious institution, school, camp, community, or other organizations, during which you demonstrated leadership skills

to your Eagle Scout Rank Application. Include honors and awards received during this service.

Online Resources

Go to www.scouting.org/advancement for access to more information and resources.


*Assistant Patrol Leader and Bugler are not approved positions of responsibility for the Eagle Scout rank. Likewise, a unit leader–assigned leadership project should not be used in lieu of serving in a position of responsibility.

Boy Scouts Troop 12, Montclair, NJ