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Life to Eagle

Life to Eagle can initially feel daunting compared to all other ranks achieved so far.  Like all else that you have learned to do in life — scouts, sports and school — breaking the requirements into smaller manageable pieces will be the key to your success.

Planning for success — Getting started and keeping on track is key to your success.

Requirement 1 — Be active in your troop for a period of at six months after you have achieved the rank of Life Scout.

Requirement 2 — 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, employeer (if employeed) and two other references.

Requirement 3 — Earn a total of 21 merit badges (10 more than required for Life rank) including these 13 merit badges: First Aid, Citizenship in the Community, Citizenship in the Nation, Citizenship in the World, Communication, Cooking, Personal Fitness, Emergency Prepardness or Lifesaving, Environmental Science or Sustainability, Personal Management, Swimming or Hiking or Cycling, Camping and Family Life. You must choose only one of the merit badges listed in categories h, i, and k. Any additional merit badges earned in those categories may be counted as one of your eight optional merit badges used to make your total of 21. List the month, day, and year the merit badge was earned.

Requirement 4 — While a Life Scout, serve actively for a period of six months in a position of responsibility.

Requirement 5 — 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 BSA.)

Requirement 6 — While a Life Scout, participate in a Scoutmaster conference.

Requirement 7 — Successfully complete your board of review for the Eagle Scout rank.


The Eagle Scout Rank:

National Capital Area Council’s Eagle Scout Information

Eagle Scout Service Project Workbook

Navigating the Eagle Scout Service Project; Information for Project Beneficiaries

2020 Eagle Scout Rank Application


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