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(Virginia Beach, Virginia)
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The Eagle Scout Award.  It’s Scouting’s highest rank and among its most familiar icons.
Men who have earned it count it among their most treasured possessions.  Those who missed it by a whisker remember exactly which requirement they didn’t complete.  Americans from all walks of life know that being an Eagle Scout is a great honor, even if they don’t know just what the badge means.

The award is more than a badge.  It’s a state of being.  You are an Eagle Scout—never were.  You may have received the badge as a boy, but you earn it every day as a man.  In the words of the Eagle Scout Promise, you do your best each day to make your training and example,  your rank and your influence count strongly for better Scouting and for better citizenship in your troop, in your community, and in your contacts with other people. 

And to this you pledge your sacred honor.


  • Be active in your troop for at least six months as a Life Scout.

  • 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.

  • 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.  Note: 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.

  • 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, quarter- master, junior assistant Scoutmaster, chaplain aide, instructor, webmaster, or outdoor ethics guide.

  • 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 through

  • While a Life Scout, participate in a Scoutmaster conference.

  • Successfully complete your board of review for the Eagle Scout rank.
  • Resources

    Attached below are some resources to help you as you complete the path to Eagle Scout.
    Icon File Name Comment  
    101 service project ideas.docx 101 Service project ideas (uploaded 1/9/20)  
    Eagle Project Workbook.pdf Eagle Project Workbook (uploaded 1/9/20)  
    Eagle Scout Letter of Ambition.pdf Guidance for writing Eagle Scout Letter of Ambition and Goals uploaded 2/19/2020  
    Eagle Scout Rank Application.pdf Uploaded 2/9/20  
    Reference Letter.doc Letter from the Committee Chair to present to people writing a letter of reference