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Eagle Scouts

Eagle ScoutsThe Highest Honor

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.


Eagle Scout application (updated April 2017)

Eagle Service project workbook 

National Eagle Scout Association (NESA) application

Eagle Palm Requirements

Follow the National Eagle Scout Association on Facebook.


Eagle Scout Rank

To earn the rank, a Boy Scout must progress through the ranks in the following order:

Scout, Tenderfoot, Second Class, First Class, Star, Life and Eagle

They must earn 21 merit badges, including:

Camping, Citizenship in the Community, Citizenship in the Nation, Citizenship in the World, Communications, Cooking, Cycling or Hiking, or Swimming, Emergency Preparedness or Lifesaving, Environmental Science or Sustainability, Family Life, First Aid, Personal Fitness, and 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 Service Project Fundraising Application

The Eagle Scout Service Project Fundraising Application (page 17 of the Eagle Scout Service Project Workbook) must be used by Scouts to obtain approval for Eagle Scout project fundraising or securing donations of materials for their Eagle projects. This is necessary in all circumstances except when all contributions are from the candidate, his parents or relatives, unit or chartering organization, parents or other members of his unit, or the beneficiary of the project. Scouts should submit the fillable form to the Council for consideration. The Scout should also print a copy and include it with his project plan. Within two business days, the Scout will receive an email response either seeking additional information or providing project funding approval. When approved, a copy of the approval email is to be included with the fundraising application as a part of the Scout's project plan.

  • Submit fundraising applications via email to your District Executive
  • Project must be approved in advance
  • Project must be done in the name of the beneficiary (not the troop).
  • Beneficiary organization retains leftover funds.
  • If the troop is holding project funds, these funds must be turned over to the project beneficiary immediately after expenses have been paid.
  • Gift documentation must come from the project beneficiary
  • Realize that approaches to big box stores will be met with a request for a tax letter, which you may or may not be able to secure from your project beneficiary.
  • Parents should let their Scout provide leadership and resist the temptation of raising funds or using their influence.
  • A Scout is courteous – and should follow up with a note of thanks


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.

Coastal District

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:

Tommy Toups, Eagle Board Chairman -- 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 District

TIME: Please contact the Advancement Committee listed below for scheduling.

CONTACT: Ken Prochaska at


Northern Star District

DATE: First & Second Thursday of the month

PLACE: Fellowship Bible Church, 1720 E. Broadway St., Pearland, TX 77581

TIME: 7 p.m.

CONTACT: Donald V. Smith at or 281-489-8713



Thunderbird District

Date: Second Thursday of the Month

Location: We will meet at the same place as the Thunderbird District Roundtable Meeting. Due to the renovations starting at Grace United Methodist there will be a new temporary meeting place: 

Sacred Heart of Jesus Catholic Church

6502 County Road 48 

Manvel, TX  77578

(We will meet in the Parish Life Center building, the 2-story building, Room 217.)

Time: For scheduling, please contact Dr. Mark Farnie, Eagle Board of Review Chairman, at 832-212-6327 or email him at


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.

Keep Pearland Beautiful Campaign - This is a local option for Northern Star Eagle Scouts looking for ideas.

Pearland Parks & Recreation - This is a list of Eagle Projects for Northern Star Eagle Scouts looking to help enhance the Pearland Community Parks and Recreational Spaces.

Eagle Scout Service Project ideas - Bryan from has written a blog for finding Eagle Scout Service Project ideas.

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!

Here’s a list with hundreds of ideas from Scoutorama.

This post from Boys’ Life has a few more ideas.

Try this PDF from for 100 more concepts from which projects can be developed.

Important reminders:

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 Congratulatory Letters

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.