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Rank Requirements

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These requirements were revised effective on April 1, 1999.

The OA Representative positions were added to requirement 4
based on a letter from John Dalrymple, BSA Boy Scout Division Director of Advancement, dated July 26, 1999.

To see the changes which were made in 1999, Click here.

To see the additional wording for these requirements, which appears on the Eagle Scout Rank Application (#55-728 - 1999 printing), but not  in 1999 Boy Scout Requirements (#33215B), and which either clarifies or amplifies the requirements from the book, Click Here.

  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,
  • den chief,
  • scribe,
  • librarian,
  • historian,
  • OA troop representative,
  • quartermaster,
  • junior assistant Scoutmaster,
  • chaplain aide,
  • instructor, or
  • Venture patrol leader.

Varsity Scout team.

  • Captain,
  • cocaptain,
  • program manager,
  • squad leader,
  • team secretary,
  • librarian,
  • quartermaster,
  • chaplain aide,
  • OA team representative,
  • 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.

Alternate requirements for the Eagle rank are available for Scouts with physical or mental disabilities if they meet the criteria listed under Alternate Requirements for the Eagle Scout Rank on page 15 of the 1999 Boy Scout Requirements book. (No. 33215B).

The Eagle Scout Leadership Service Project Workbook (#18-927A) is now available for download from the
BSA website in both PDF and RTF versions
which can be used by Scouts in lieu of the printed form.
Click here to go to the BSA web site.

Mike Walton has created a PowerPoint Presentation that contains a set of worksheets that you can use to gather all of the information you will need to fill out your Application for Eagle Scout Rank Award.  To download it, Click Here.

Rick Cordray has developed a set of Microsoft Word documents that can be used to enter the data onto an Eagle Scout Rank Application (#55-728 - 1999 printing) using your computer printer. To use them, download each of these files:

BSA has a PDF version of the Eagle Scout Rank Application (No 58-728 - 2000 edition) on their site.  It can be used as the form submitted to BSA for an Eagle Scout candidate.  You may also try using that document to work with the templates Rick has provided.

Eagle Scout Rank Application (No 58-728 - 2000 edition)

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Page updated on: November 28, 2017

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