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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. List 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.

3. Earn a total of 21 merit badges (10 more than you already have), including the following:

First Aid, Camping, Citizenship in the Community, Citizenship in the Nation, Citizenship in the World, Communications, Personal Fitness, Environmental Science, Personal Management, Emergency Preparedness OR Lifesaving, Swimming OR Hiking OR Cycling, and Family Life

4. While a Life Scout, serve actively for 4 months in one or more of the following positions of responsibility (or carry out a Scoutmaster-assigned leadership project to help the troop):

Senior Patrol leader

Assistant Senior Patrol Leader

Patrol Leader

Venture Patrol Leader

Troop Guide

OA Troop Representative

Den Chief






Chaplain Aide


Troop Webmaster

Leave No Trace Trainer

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 Boy Scouting.) A project proposal must be approved by the organization benefiting from the effort, your unit leader and unit committee, and the council or district before you start. You must use the Eagle Scout Service Project Workbook, No. 512-927, in meeting this requirement.

6. Take part in a Scoutmaster conference

7. Successfully complete an Eagle Scout board of review.

What happens to a Scout? For every 100 boys who join Scouting, records indicate that:

-   RARELY will one be brought before the juvenile court system

-   4 will become Eagle Scouts

-   17 will become future Scout volunteers

-   12 will have their first contact with a church

-   1 will enter the clergy

-   5 will earn their church award

-   18 will develop a hobby that will last through their adult life

-   8 will enter a vocation that was learned through the merit badge system

-   1 will use his Scouting skills to save his own life

-   1 will use his Scouting skills to save the life of another person


Scouting's alumni record is equally impressive. A recent nationwide survey of high schools revealed the following information:

-    85% of student council presidents were Scouts

-    89% of senior class presidents were Scouts

-    80% of junior class presidents were Scouts

-    75% of school publication editors were Scouts

-    71% of football captains were Scouts


Scouts also account for:

-    64% of Air Force Academy graduates

-    68% of West Point graduates

-    70% of Annapolis graduates

-    72% of Rhodes Scholars

-    85% of F.B.I. agents

-    26 of the first 29 astronauts