The Boy Scouts of America has six requirements for achieving Eagle Scout:
- Be active in your troop for at least six months after earning Life Scout.
- Demonstrate that you live by the principles of the Scout Oath and Law in your daily life.
- Earn a total of 21 merit badges, including 12 required badges.
- While a Life Scout, serve in a leadership position for at least six months.
- While a Life Scout, plan, develop and give leadership to others in a service project helpful to any religious institution, school or community.
- Write a statement of ambitions and life purposes.
Approvals on the application form must be obtained from the Scoutmaster (after a Scoutmaster conference) and the Parents Committee (after a Troop board of review, signed by the Eagle adviser). The Eagle Scout application must be submitted to the District office before the 18th birthday. The District 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 timing and requirements. 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 first four steps listed above.
- Using the Eagle Scout Leadership Service Project Workbook (see web link), plan out 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. Present the project proposal to the Troop 2 Parents Committee. Once approved by the Parents Committee, secure the Eagle adviser's signature on the Workbook. Secure final approval from the District Eagle Representative, Mrs. Ute Passey, (310) 398-1858.
- 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, and materials needed.
- 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. Note: On the application, leadership on Staff should be listed as "Assistant Senior Patrol Leader".
- 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. Present the 5-page summary of your experiences in Scouting to the Scoutmaster in advance of the conference. Secure the Scoutmaster's signature on the application once the conference is satisfactorily concluded.
- Schedule a Troop board of review with the Eagle adviser. Bring the original application, project write-up and Requirement 6 essay, plus 3 color copies, to the board of review. If passed, secure appropriate signature.
- Submit your original application and supporting materials plus one copy (all with appropriate signatures) to the Crescent Bay District office, 10131 National Boulevard, in West Los Angeles. You must submit the application before your 18th birthday. Make one copy for yourself, one for the Eagle adviser and three color copies to bring to the District Board of Review. All sets should be in notebooks (Troop 2 applicants usually use red notebooks) or plastic covers.
- Eagle boards of review are held once or twice a month, on the second Thursday evening and third Saturday. Application and materials require at least two weeks for District review before the board can be scheduled. Please inform the Scoutmaster and Eagle adviser when your District board of review will be held so that a Troop representative can be present to introduce you.
More Eagle Tips
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.
- Scouting Dates: First Class, Star and Life ranks are Board of Review dates, not Court of Honor.
- Age Requirement Eligibility: All requirements must be met by the 18th birthday.
- 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.
- Requirement 3, Merit Badges: "Date Earned" is the date the Merit Badge counselor signed the Merit Badge ("blue" card, not date of the Board of Review for the badge).
- Requirement 4, leadership: Service as Troop 2 Staff or Staff in Training should be listed as Assistant Senior Patrol Leader. 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:
- Eagle Scout Rank Application
- Requirement 3: Merit Badge Blue Cards (photocopies, not originals - hold the originals in your own records)
- Requirement 5: Service Project documentation, including approvals, supporting materials and final report
- Statement of ambition and life purposes
Copying the Application
Throughout the Board of Review process, you will need the following sets of documents:
- Original application with all original materials, except for blue Merit Badge cards
- One copy, to be submitted with the original, for the Crescent Bay District office
- Three copies, to be brought to the Troop and District Boards of Review
- One copy for the Eagle adviser
- One copy for yourself
Total copies: Six, plus original