Life to Eagle

The Eagle Project workbook has been updated. Be sure you are using the new 2021 revised workbook if you are starting a project!!

The journey from Life to Eagle may sound like a very daunting set of tasks. Primarily because of how everything is worded, making it seem like there's a lot to do. There is some good news though: you've been working on part of it the past couple years, and hopefully have a few years left. If you manage your time, there will not be any rush!

This page is primarily designed as a resource hub for Life scouts, and their parents, to use during this next step of their scouting journey. If there is anything that you might find useful on here, please make sure to speak with your Eagle Advisor and they can work with the webmaster to have it put up here for whoever comes through next.

Eagle Scout Requirements

Below is a brief overview of what needs to be done for this next rank. Do note that part of this has already been completed while working on Star and Life (Eagle Required Merit Badges).
Be active in your troop and patrol for 6 months after earning the Life rank.

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.

Earn a total of 21 merit badges (10 more than you already have), including the following:
  • First Aid
  • Citizenship in the Community
  • Citizenship in the Nation
  • Citizenship in the World
  • Communication
  • Cooking
  • Personal Fitness
  • Emergency Preparedness OR Lifesaving (Pick one)
  • Environmental Science OR Sustainability (Pick one)
  • Personal Management
  • Swimming OR Hiking OR Cycling (Pick one)
  • Camping
  • Family Life

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. - Troop Leadership Positions: 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.

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

Take part in a Scoutmaster's 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. (This requirement may be met after age 18 under certain circumstances, and having all previous requirements met before turning 18.)

Advancement Steps

This is your personal journey. There is no set order to completing the rank. Eagle Scout is not the end of a scout's career either, but instead the beginning of a greater journey as a leader. Scouting is about developing leadership skills and becoming a leader, not about earning the Eagle Rank. Advancement is part of that leadership development skills, which is why there's a huge focus on giving leadership in Star, Life, Eagle, and additional Palms.

The biggest thing to remember is there is time commitments for this. You need to dedicate a minimum of 6 months of activity to your Troop and Patrol, and serve them in a position of leadership for 6 months as well. This can be done together, or at different intervals. You cannot lead in absentee, the 6 months of leadership and activity is must be given to both of the requirements in total to meet the requirement.

The Eagle Project itself will take a few months of planning as well before it is executed, and there are also 3 merit badges with a 3 month personal project time frame as well.

This is a perfect opportunity to work on time management skills to balance your time to make your commitments.

Eagle Advisors

Eagle Advisors are adults who volunteer their time to help scouts who are working on Life to Eagle. They serve as a quick resource for a scout to go to when they have questions about any step of the process (merit badges, project, letters, application, etc). They are not an all knowing Oracle, and may refer you to another person for guidance on specific information, but simply there for you to have someone to go to for help.

Once a scout earns the Life rank, they will have the opportunity to pick a personal adivsor, or have one assigned to them. It is the responsibility of the individual scout to contact their advisor for progress and/or advice. The advisors will not help or guide you unless you ask for it first.


New Life Scout Guide
A Guide for Life Scouts

Eagle Project
Eagle Scout Service Project Planning Guide
Examples Of Eagle Projects
Eagle Scout Service Project Workbook

Appraisal Letters
Appraisal letters need to be sent out to the listed people before the Eagle Board of Review takes place. Plan accordingly when sending out letter requests, especially for the Principal's Letter (end of school, winter holidays, etc). These letters fulfill requirement #2 for the Eagle Rank.
Scout’s Goals and Ambitions

Eagle Rank Application
Eagle Scout Application (directions)
Eagle Scout Application
Guide to Advancement

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