Rank Requirements


2012 Eagle Rank Requirements



These requirements became effective on January 1, 2013.


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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 Law in your daily 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.



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

  1. First Aid 

  2. Citizenship in the Community 

  3. Citizenship in the Nation 

  4. Citizenship in the World 

  5. Communications 

  6. Personal Fitness

  7. Emergency Preparedness OR Lifesaving *

  8. Environmental Science 

  9. Personal Management 

  10. Swimming OR Hiking OR Cycling *

  11. Camping, and 

  12. Family Life 

You must choose only one merit badge listed in items g and j.  If you have earned more than one of the badges listed in items g and j, choose one and list the remaining badges to make your total of 21.



While a Life Scout, serve actively in your unit for a period of 6 months in one or more of the following positions of responsibility:


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, 

  • bugler,

  • junior assistant Scoutmaster, 

  • chaplain aide,

  • instructor,

  • troop Webmaster, or

  • Leave No Trace Trainer.

Varsity Scout team.

  • Captain, 

  • cocaptain, 

  • program manager,

  • squad leader, 

  • team secretary, 

  • Order of the Arrow  team representative,

  • librarian, 

  • historian,

  • quartermaster, 

  • chaplain aide, 

  • instructor, 

  • den chief.

  • team Webmaster, or

  • Leave No Trace Trainer.

Venturing crew / Sea Scout ship.

  • President,

  • vice president,

  • secretary,

  • treasurer,

  • den chief,

  • quartermaster, 

  • historian,

  • guide,

  • boatswain,

  • boatswain's mate,

  • yeoman,

  • purser,

  • storekeeper,

  • crew/ship Webmaster, or

  • Leave No Trace Trainer.


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



Take part in a Scoutmaster conference. 



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.


Note: All requirements must be completed before a candidate's 18th birthday. The Eagle Scout board of review can be held after the candidate's 18th birthday. For more information, see Advancement Committee Policies and Procedures, publication No. 33088.


If you have a permanent physical or mental disability, you may become an Eagle Scout by qualifying for as many required merit badges as you can and qualifying for alternative merit badges for the rest. If you seek to become an Eagle Scout under this procedure, you must submit a special application to your local council service center. Your application must be approved by your council advancement committee before you can work on alternative merit badges.


The Alternate requirements are also listed in more detail under Eagle Scout Rank - Alternate Requirements in the current  Boy Scout Requirements book. (No. 34765).


This page last modified: March 02, 2013