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Eagle Scout

Eagle Scout is the highest advancement rank in Boy Scouting.

  • In 2010, 56,176 Scouts earned the rank of Eagle Scout.
  • Around 5 percent of all Boy Scouts earned the Eagle Scout rank in 2010.
  • In 2010, the average age of boys earning the Eagle Scout rank was 17 years of age.
  • From 1912 to 2010, more than 2 million Boy Scouts earned the Eagle Scout rank.

Eagle Scout Rank

  • To earn the rank, a Boy Scout must:
    • Progress through the ranks in the following order:
      • Tenderfoot
      • Second Class
      • First Class
      • Star
      • Life
      • Eagle
    • Earn 21 merit badges, including:
      • First Aid
      • Citizenship in the Community
      • Citizenship in the Nation
      • Citizenship in the World
      • Communications
      • Environmental Science
      • Personal Fitness
      • Camping
      • Family Life
      • Personal Management
      • Emergency Preparedness or Lifesaving
      • Cycling, Hiking, or Swimming
    • Serve six months in a troop leadership position.
    • Plan, develop, and give leadership to a service project for any religious organization or any school or community.
    • Be active in your troop, team, crew, or ship for a period of at least six months after you have achieved the rank of Life Scout.
    • Demonstrate that you live by the principles of the Scout Oath and Scout Law in your daily life. 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, educational, and employer references.
    • Take part in a Scoutmaster conference.
    • Successfully complete an Eagle Scout board of review.

Boy Scouts with disabilities may qualify for the Eagle Scout rank by fulfilling alternative requirements as determined by their council.

National Eagle Scout Association

  • Founded in 1972, the National Eagle Scout Association maintains contact with Eagle Scouts to sustain their interest in Scouting.
  • Eagle Scouts in good standing may join.
  • Applications for membership are available through:
    • Local council
    • The NESA Web page
    • Contacting Alumni Relations at the national office
  • For more information, visit the official NESA website at www.nesa.org