Earning the Rank of
2017 BSA Requirements
Prepared by: Ed Marek
Star to Life
To advance from a Star Scout to a Life Scout you must complete the following:
- Be active in your troop for at least six months as a Star Scout.
- Demonstrate Scout Spirit by living the scout oath and law. Tell how you have done your duty to God and how you have lived the Scout Oath and Scout Law in your everyday life.
- Earn five more merit badges (so that you have 11 in all), including any three additional badges from the required list for Eagle. You may choose any of the 17 merit badges on the required list for Eagle to fulfill this requirement.
- While a Star Scout, participate in six hours of service through one or more service projects approved by your Scoutmaster. At least three hours of this service must be conservation-related.
- While a Star Scout, serve actively in your troop for six months in one or more of the following troop positions of responsibility.
Boy Scout troop: Patrol leader, assistant senior patrol leader, senior patrol leader, troop guide, Order of the Arrow troop representative, den chief, scribe, librarian, historian, quartermaster, bugler, junior assistant Scoutmaster, chaplain aide, instructor, webmaster, or outdoor ethics guide.
- While a Star Scout, use the Teaching EDGE method to teach another Scout (preferably younger than you) the skills from ONE of the following choices, so that he is prepared to pass those requirements to his Scoutmaster’s satisfaction.
a. Tenderfoot 4a and 4b (first aid)
b. Second Class 2b, 2c, and 2d (cooking/tools)
c. Second Class 3a and 3d (navigation)
d. First Class 3a, 3b, 3c, and 3d (tools)
e. First Class 4a and 4b (navigation)
f. Second Class 6a and 6b (first aid)
g. First Class 7a and 7b (first aid)
h. Three requirements from one of the required Eagle merit badges, as approved by your Scoutmaster
- Participate in a Scoutmaster’s conference and complete your Board of Review.
Life to Eagle
To advance from a Life Scout to an Eagle Scout you must complete the following:
- 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.
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 responsibility9: Boy Scout troop. Patrol leader, assistant senior patrol leader, senior patrol leader, troop guide, Order of the Arrow troop representative, den chief, scribe, librarian, historian, quartermaster, 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 18.104.22.168 through 22.214.171.124.)
- While a Life Scout, participate in a Scoutmaster conference.
In preparation for your board of review, prepare and attach to your Eagle Scout Rank Application a statement of your ambitions and life purpose and a listing of positions held in your religious institution, school, camp, community, or other organizations, during which you demonstrated leadership skills. Include honors and awards received during this service.
- Successfully complete your board of review for the Eagle Scout rank.10 (This requirement may be met after age 18, in accordance with Guide to Advancement topic 126.96.36.199.11).
Eagle Leadership Service Project
- Your project must perform meaningful service. It may be to a school, religious institution or to your community.
- You must plan and demonstrate leadership.
- You must recruit volunteers to work on your project.
- There is no requirement on number of hours to do your project.
- You must use the current BSA Eagle Scout Leadership Service Project Workbook.
Project Work Book:
What to do first.
- Have a copy of the current Eagle Scout Project Workbook. (Current workbook is found at the bottom of this page)
- Open a line of communication with your Scoutmaster or an adult leader in your troop
and start discussing possible project ideas; scouts this is your responsibility and shows your desire to becoming an Eagle Scout.
- Describe the project you plan to do.
- Answer the question "Who will benefit from the project".
- How does the project benefit the recipient.
- Project details – plan your work by describing the present condition, the method, materials to be used, project helpers and time schedule to carry out your project.
- If appropriate, include photos and maps of the area before you have approval.
- The project must be approved by the benefiting organization or group, by your Unit Leader/Scoutmaster, a member of the Troop Committee and then approved by the District Eagle Advancement Coordinator before starting. All signatures must be on the exact same project description. If any changes occur after you receive any signature, you may need to go back and update those who have signed your workbook. Do not go to your District Eagle Advancement Coordinator alone; you will be asked to have your parent/guardian or adult scout leader attend with you.
- You must use the current BSA Eagle Scout Leadership Service Project Workbook.
What Not to Do:
- Begin a project before you have your Life rank.
- Do not begin work on your project before all required signatures in the Eagle project workbook.
- You can not share the same project with another scout.
- Propose a project for a profit-making organization/business.
- Propose a project on any Boy Scout property or directly for Boy Scouts of America.
- Do not choose a project that is of routine labor.
What to do:
- Consult your Scoutmaster or an adult troop leader in your troop while selecting a project.
- Choose a project you will be proud of and have lasting impact.
- Don’t pick a project just to pick a project. In other words make this count for something, be proud of the project idea.
- Select a project that stretches your abilities.
- Document your project from day one and log all of your personal and volunteer hours. This should also include photos before, during and after the project.
Important to remember:
- When you have a discussion with the project beneficiary if they hand you a complete idea, an idea that they put everything together this shows no planning on your behalf and in its current condition cannot be approved. What needs to take place is a discussion where you put your ideas into the planning, give your opinion and make it count. It can be as simple as: the type of stone used, the color of paint, the length of the trail, the design of the benches or tables, the type of flowers/bushes/trees, the quantity of items collected.
- When in doubt remember to call your Scoutmaster or an adult leader in your troop and talk about your idea.
- Scouts communication is very important and it starts from you.
- Is the Project description and plan complete?
- Do I have signatures from the following people: benefiting organization, Unit Leader/Scoutmaster, troop committee member and District Eagle Advancement Chair?
- Are records of the project progress complete?
- Is there a record of all persons who worked on the project and how much time they worked and when?
- Are the tour permits included?
- Is there a record of donated or purchased materials or budget?
- A copy of the approved fund raising form if applicable.
- Was there any fundraising done to purchases materials, are the fundraising records complete, and are all moneys accounted for? All funds raised should go to the troop treasurer. The treasurer will disburse funds for reimbursement.
- Were there any changes from the original project, if so are they recorded?
- Are there before, during and after photos? Everyone should have photos.
- Are there any pertinent records, receipts, or flyers relating to the project enclosed?
- Reference Letters should have been sent/handed out. You should never see these letters, only your Board of Review will.
- Official checklist is found at the bottom of this page.
Service Project Ideas
A brief list of some projects used by other scouts:
- Build a Playground
- Pond clean-up
- Build shelters for the Wildlife Preserve or Conservation group
- Build picnic tables and/or benches for community park
- Hearing aid, eyeglass or clothing drive for local shelter
- Recycling drive
- Toy drive for the local shelter
- Book drive for the library
- Plant trees in a park or along a bike path
- Paint mile markers on a bike path and clear brush along the way
- Area trail maintenance, repair, building
- Build bat and/or owl houses
Still looking for a project idea; check with your school, church, local American Legion post, local VFW post, DNR, local community government or talk with your Scoutmaster.
Eagle Project Finances
- There is a fundraising form in the Eagle project workbook, you will need to use this and have it approved by your project beneficiary, Scoutmaster and the Council office if you plan to actively seek monetary and/or material donations from anyone other than you, parents, siblings, family, families in your troop, your troop or the beneficiary of your project. Non solicited donations for your project are exempt from using this form.
- BSA Guide to Advancement Section 188.8.131.52 states the handling of funds raised and clearly states: "Once collected, money raised must be turned over to the beneficiary or the candidates unit until needed for the project. If the unit receives the funds, it must release any excess to the beneficiary once expenses have been paid.
- Troop 49 allows monetary funds from your scout account may be used to pay for:
- The troop treasurer must be notified of this intent before proceeding
- Eagle Project Expenses
- Eagle Ceremony Expenses – including expenses for the ceremony if the ceremony occurs after the scout’s 18th birthday – the treasurer must be notified of this intent before the scout’s 18th birthday and the scout will be given a 6 month grace period after their 18th birthday.
You need to include the following paperwork:
- The “Eagle Application” - The Eagle Application needs to be signed by the Scoutmaster and Troop Committee Chairman; all dates filled in; all references completed; the only non-required reference is work and this is only if you do not have a job or you are new at the place you work and no one really knows you.
- A written statement about your life goals and leadership history.
- A list of people sending in letters of recommendation (Scout and troop leaders are not permitted to view any and all letters submitted).
- All papers relating to your project.
- Pictures; before, during and after.
- The binder is then turned into the Potawatomi Area Council office. Once all letters of recommendation are received at the Council office all your paperwork will be sent to the District Eagle Advancement Coordinator.
The following reasons can cause your paperwork to be held up or rejected:
- You must have four months between the ranks of 1st Class and Star.
- You must have six months between the ranks of Star and Life.
- You must have a minimum 13 Eagle required merit badges.
- You must have a minimum 8 elective merit badges of your choice.
- You must have a minimum 21 completed merit badges.
- You must have service in a position of responsibility for at leased six months as a Life Scout. Acceptable positions are listed in your scout book and on page 2 of the Eagle Scout application.
- You must complete all Eagle requirements, turn in your complete Eagle workbook and write-up and have your Scoutmaster conference completed by your 18th birthday.
- You will need to have your board of review completed within 3 months after your 18th birthday. If it needs to be extended beyond this you will need council approval, applying for this needs to be before your 18th birthday. Reasons must be of a dyer nature only.
Eagle Board of Review Process
- Once Council has approved the application and paperwork, it is forwarded to the District Eagle Advancement Chair (Mr. Ed Marek).
- The District Eagle Advancement Chair will then schedule the “Eagle Board of Review” for the Scout.
- Who sits on your Board of Review is determined by the District Eagle Advancement Chair.
- You need to present yourself to the Board in as complete of a Scout uniform as you have, appearance reflects you. This includes merit badge sash with all merit badges sewn on. No staples. If you are a member of the Order of the Arrow, do not wear your OA sash. OA pocket flap patch is good.
- You should be able to answer any question, in detail, about your Eagle service project and your Scouting history.
- Any adult member from your troop; including your Scoutmaster, Assistant Scoutmaster or any troop committee member cannot be on your actual board of review.
- Your Scoutmaster and your parents are to attend your Board of Review. First the members of the Board of Review will talk with your Scoutmaster in private. Then they will talk with your parents in private. Then you, your Scoutmaster may join you for moral support but it is up to you. During your interview you are the one talking with the board, not your Scoutmaster.
District Eagle Advancement Chair:
W266 N7404 Timber Ridge Dr.
Sussex, WI 53089
cell: (512) 638-3730 home: (262) 436-0085
Delafield American Legion Post 196: Contact for Eagle project ideas
Jerry Nuernberger - Legion House Agent
835 Sunset Dr.
Delafield, WI 53018
BSA National Advancement Resources: http://www.scouting.org/scoutsource/BoyScouts/AdvancementandAwards.aspx
Potawatomi Area Council Boy Scout Advancement: http://www.pacbsa.org/advancement/
BSA Guide to Advancement 2015: http://www.scouting.org/filestore/pdf/33088.pdf
BSA Age Guidelines for Tool Use: http://www.scouting.org/filestore/healthsafety/pdf/680-028.pdf
BSA Guide to Safe Scouting: http://www.scouting.org/filestore/pdf/34416.pdf
Below you will find all of the current paperwork for Eagle. Also you will find some sample Eagle Court of Honor scripts that you may use, customize them for your own scout.