Life to Eagle

"The best workers, like the happiest livers, look upon their work as a kind of game: the harder they play the more enjoyable it becomes"

-Robert Baden-Powell

Where do I start?

Congratulations! You're only one rank away from becoming an Eagle Scout!

Earning the rank of Eagle is one of the most challenging yet rewarding things that the Scouting program has to offer. For some, the only thing left to do is your project and paperwork. For others, they still have several Merit Badges to complete as well. Your first step in tackling Eagle in to figure out how much you have left to do and how much time you have left.

Helpful Facts

  • Communicate/ask questions to leaders and eagle coordinator in your troop
  • When emailing adult leaders, make sure to copy more than 1 adult
  • Manage your time wisely (especially if you're getting close to aging out)

Eagle Scout Rank Requirements

These are the most recent requirements as outlined by the Boy Scouts of America.

  1. 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.
  2. 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.
  3. Earn a total of 21 merit badges (10 more than you already have), including the following:

(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 .

4. While a Life Scout, serve actively in your unit for a period of six months in one or more of the following positions of responsibility. List only those positions served after your Life board of review date.

    • Boy Scout troop. Patrol leader, assistant senior patrol leader, senior patrol leader, Venture patrol leader, troop guide, Order of the Arrow troop representative, den chief, scribe, librarian, historian, quartermaster, junior assistant Scoutmaster, chaplain aide, instructor, webmaster, or Leave No Trace trainer.
    • Varsity Scout team. Captain, co-captain, program manager, squad leader, team secretary, Order of the Arrow team representative, librarian, historian, quartermaster, chaplain aide, instructor, den chief, webmaster, or Leave No Trace trainer.
    • Venturing crew/ship. President, vice president, secretary, treasurer, quartermaster, historian, den chief, guide, boatswain, boatswain’s mate, yeoman, purser, storekeeper, webmaster, or Leave No Trace trainer.
    • Lone Scout. Leadership responsibility in his school, religious organization, club, or elsewhere in his community.

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, BSA publication No. 512-927, in meeting this requirement. (To learn more about the Eagle Scout service project, see the Guide to Advancement, topics through

6. Take part in a unit leader conference.

7. Successfully complete an Eagle Scout board of review.† 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.

Helpful Links

Eagle Project WB (requires Adobe Reader 9)


Joshua Smith

Life to Eagle Coordinator

Troop 128