The fact that a boy is an Eagle Scout has always carried with it a special significance, not only in Scouting but also as he enters higher education, business or industry, and community service. The award is a performance-based achievement whose standards have been well-maintained over the years. Not every boy who joins a Boy Scout troop earns the Eagle Scout rank; only about 5 percent of all Boy Scouts do so. This represents more than 2 million Boy Scouts who have earned the rank since 1912. Nevertheless, the goals of Scouting—citizenship training, character development, and personal fitness—remain important for all Scouts, whether or not they attain the Eagle Scout rank.
To earn the Eagle Scout rank, the highest advancement rank in Scouting, a Boy Scout must fulfill requirements in the areas of leadership, service, and outdoor skills. Although many options are available to demonstrate proficiency in these areas, a number of specific skills are required to advance through the ranks—Tenderfoot, Second Class, First Class, Star, Life, and Eagle. To advance, a Boy Scout must pass specific tests that are organized by requirements and merit badges.
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Eagle Scout Rank
To earn the rank, a Boy Scout must progress through the ranks in the following order:
- Second Class
- First Class
Earn 21 merit badges, including:
- Citizenship in the Community
- Citizenship in the Nation
- Citizenship in the World
- Cycling, Hiking, or Swimming
- Emergency Preparedness or Lifesaving
- Environmental Science/Sustainability
- Family Life
- First Aid
- Personal Fitness
- Personal Management
Eagle Scouts must also:
- Serve six months in a troop leadership position.
- Plan, develop, and give leadership to a service project for any religious organization or any school or community.
- Take part in a Scoutmaster conference.
- Successfully complete an Eagle Scout board of review.
Boy Scouts with disabilities may qualify for the Eagle Scout rank by fulfilling alternative requirements as determined by the Council.
Eagle Scout Project ideas
Galveston Railroad Museum Projects: Eagle Scouts interested in railroading can opt to adopt a car and supervise renovation. For example, a Denver and Rio Grande Western flat car, once used to haul the material and granite for the construction of the "Tomb of the Unknown Soldier", was restored by Philip Hyde of Friendswood as his Eagle Scout project. The Museum will provide all materials needed for the project. For more information, contact the Railroad Museum at 409-765-5700.
My Project Finder - This is from Dave Harkins, who works for the BSA’s National Supply Group. He created a website to help boys and girls come up with ideas for Eagle Scout or Venturing Gold Award projects. The site, which was one of Dave’s Wood Badge ticket items, is a “decision tree” that lets users answer two or three simple questions about their interests and passions. Once they do that, the site suggests several potential project ideas...and it's free!
Try this PDF from Meritbadge.org for 100 more concepts from which projects can be developed.
Be sure to have your Scouts consult the Eagle Scout Service Project Workbook before getting too far along. Pay special attention to the “restrictions” section (Page 4), which details certain projects that aren’t acceptable — such as fundraisers, projects that only benefit the BSA, or routine labor.
Additionally, Life Scouts now must receive approval on their Project Proposal (Pages 7 to 10 of the workbook) before beginning further planning. This new requirement prevents Scouts from doing too much work on a project that is ultimately rejected.
Eagle Board of Review
Congratulations to all the Boy Scouts who are achieving the highest rank of Eagle. Eagle Board of Reviews and Eagle Project Approvals are scheduled by appointment only. Scouts, please schedule your appointment one month prior. Do not try to schedule days before.
DATE: Second Wednesday of the Month
LOCATION: First Methodist Church - 200 FM517 Road West - Dickinson, Texas 77539
TIME: Please contact the Advancement Committee listed below for scheduling:
CONTACT: Tommy Toups, Eagle Board Chairman -- firstname.lastname@example.org or 409-948-4650 Perry Minor, 409-795-4731 Edgar Lee, 281-507-2761
PLEASE NOTE: Eagle Project approvals are also available on the First Thursday of the month at Faith Lutheran Church, 800 FM 517 Rd East, Dickinson, TX 77539.
CRADLE OF TEXAS
TIME: Please contact the Advancement Committee listed below for scheduling.
The U.S. Scouting Service Project recommends including the Scout’s full name, troop number, council, and a short description of his Eagle Scout service project. For best results, address it to a specific person, not an organization. Including a self-addressed stamped envelope makes it that much easier to get a response.
Whom to ask for letters:
- City and county officials: Your mayor, city council officials, school board president, superintendent, parks and recreation director
- Religious leaders
- State officials: The governor, your area’s state legislators
- Business leaders: CEOs and executives at major corporations based in your city
- U.S. officials: The president, cabinet members, senators, representatives, military leaders, department heads
- Past presidents or elected officials no longer in office
- Prominent national people: astronauts, athletes, filmmakers, actors, and famous Eagle Scouts like Mike Rowe or Steven Spielberg
- Anyone who means something to your Eagle Scout: Get creative! Does he have a favorite author, athlete, musician, or actor? Try to track down that person’s contact information. The letter may go unanswered, but it only costs you 49 cents to try.
Where to find addresses:
For addresses, find the appropriate website and look for the “Contact Us” link — usually at the top of the page or at the very bottom. Some entities, such as NASA or the U.S. Army, allow you to submit request online.
Bay Area Council Fellowship of Eagle Scouts
The Bay Area Council Fellowship of Eagle Scouts is a fellowship of Eagle Scout Alumni who reside or work within the boundaries of the Bay Area Council, or individuals who achieved the rank of Eagle Scout from a Unit within the Bay Area Council. Membership is open to all Eagle Scouts in this area. There is no charge to join or maintain membership. Find out more here.
National Eagle Scout Association
Founded in 1972, the National Eagle Scout Association maintains contact with Eagle Scouts to sustain their interest in Scouting. Eagle Scouts in good standing may join. Applications for membership are available through the Bay Area Council office. Be sure to register and keep your profile updated with NESA, click here.
Do You Know an Outstanding Eagle?
For more information, go to the NOESA Page. Every year, the National Eagle Scout Association (NESA) recognizes outstanding Eagles across America with the NESA Outstanding Eagle Scout Award (NOESA). This prestigious recognition is for Eagle Scouts who have demonstrated outstanding achievement in their profession, avocation and community - having notable achievements both inside and outside of Scouting. While the selection of NOESA recipients is a local Council function, the nominees and reason for granting their recognition is confirmed by NESA.