Be active in your troop for at least six months as a Life Scout.
As a Life Scout, demonstrate Scout Spirit by living the Scout Oath and Scout
Law. Tell how you have done your duty to God, how you have lived the Scout
Oath and Scout Law in your everyday life, and how your understanding
of the Scout Oath and Scout Law will guide your life in the future. 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 (if not affiliated with an
organized religion, then the parent or guardian provides this reference),
educational, employer (if employed), and two other references.
All requirements for the Scout rank must be completed as a member
of a troop. If you have already completed these requirements as part of the
Webelos Scouting Adventure, simply demonstrate your knowledge or skills
to your Scoutmaster or other designated leader after joining the troop.
Earn a total of 21 merit badges (10 more than required for the Life rank),
including these 13 merit badges: (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.
You must choose only one of the merit badges listed in categories h, i, and k.
Any additional merit badge(s) earned in those categories may be counted as
one of your eight optional merit badges used to make your total of 21.
R epeat from memory the Scout Oath, Scout Law, Scout motto, and Scout
slogan. In your own words, explain their meaning.
Explain what Scout spirit is. Describe some ways you have shown Scout spirit
by practicing the Scout Oath, Scout Law, Scout motto, and Scout slogan.
Demonstrate the Boy Scout sign, salute, and handshake. Explain when
they should be used.
Describe the First Class Scout badge and tell what each part stands for.
Explain the significance of the First Class Scout badge.
Repeat from memory the Outdoor Code. In your own words, explain what
the Outdoor Code means to you.
Repeat from memory the Pledge of Allegiance. In your own words, explain
After attending at least one Boy Scout troop meeting, do the following:
Describe how the Scouts in the troop provide its leadership.
Describe the four steps of Boy Scout advancement.
Describe what the Boy Scout ranks are and how they are earned.
Describe what merit badges are and how they are earned.
Explain the patrol method. Describe the types of patrols that are used in
Become familiar with your patrol name, emblem, flag, and yell. Explain
how these items create patrol spirit.
Show how to tie a square knot, two half-hitches, and a taut-line hitch.
Explain how each knot is used.
Show the proper care of a rope by learning how to whip and fuse the
ends of different kinds of rope.
Demonstrate your knowledge of pocketknife safety.
With your parent or guardian, complete the exercises in the pamphlet
How to Protect Your Children From Child Abuse: A Parent’s Guide and
earn the Cyber Chip Award for your grade.1
ince joining the troop and while working on the Scout rank, participate in
a Scoutmaster conference.
NAME OF MERIT BADGE
While a Life Scout, serve actively in your troop for six months in one or
more of the following positions of responsibility9:
Boy Scout troop. Patrol leader, assistant senior patrol leader, senior patrol
leader, troop guide, Order of the Arrow troop representative, den chief,
scribe, librarian, historian, quartermaster, junior assistant Scoutmaster,
chaplain aide, instructor, webmaster, or outdoor ethics guide.
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, webmaster, or outdoor
Venturing crew/Sea Scout ship. President, vice president, secretary,
treasurer, quartermaster, historian, den chief, guide, boatswain,
boatswain’s mate, yeoman, purser, storekeeper, or webmaster.
Lone Scout. Leadership responsibility in your school, religious organization,
club, or elsewhere in your community.
Assistant patrol leader and bugler are not approved positions of responsibility for the Eagle Scout
rank. Likewise, a Scoutmaster-approved leadership project cannot be used in lieu of serving in a
position of responsibility.
Notes: For Varsity Scouts working on Boy Scout requirements, replace “troop” with “team” and
“Scoutmaster” with “Varsity Scout Coach.”
The requirements for the Scout, Tenderfoot, Second Class, and First Class ranks may be worked
on simultaneously; however, these ranks must be earned in sequence.
If your family does not have Internet access at home AND you do not have ready Internet
access at school or another public place or via a mobile device, the Cyber Chip portion of
this requirement may be waived by your Scoutmaster in consultation with your parent
SCOUT RANK REQUIREMENTS
EAGLE RANK REQUIREMENTS