So you want to be an Eagle Scout

Life to Eagle: Forms and Resources to help in achieving the Rank of Eagle Scout.


2022 Eagle-Scout-Application Updated
Eagle Scout Candidates (What You Need to Know)
Lincoln Heritage Council Guide to the Eagle Scout Application Process
Eagle Scout Publicity Plan
Eagle Scout Press Release
Eagle Scout Service Project Workbook
National Eagle Scout Association Membership Application
Spirit of the Eagle Award Application
Eagle Scout Scholarships
Eagle Scout Letters
Eagle Fundraising Form

Request for Time Extension for Eagle (#512-077 2021 Revision)

The National Eagle Scout Association scholarship application window will open on December 1, 2022.  Last year NESA awarded more than $536,000 to members.  Whether your Eagle Scouts plan to attend a 4-year university or trade school, remind them to Be Prepared to apply. Questions?  Email
Click Here for more information on the NESA Scholarship Page

Many people will help you along the way, including your adult advisor, your parents, and your fellow Scouts. You will also get assistance from adults on your district advancement committee, many of whom you have probably not worked with before. None of these people can earn the rank for you! It is up to you to make sure that you understand the requirements, complete them in a timely manner, and work with your Troop to submit the proper paperwork, so that your Eagle rank advancement can be completed.

Eagle Scout Rank Requirements from

1. Be active in your Troop for at least six months as a Life Scout.

2. 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.

3. Earn a total of 21 merit badges (10 more than required for the Life rank), including these 14 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, (m) Family Life, and (n) Citizenship in Society. 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 seven optional merit badges used to make your total of 21.

4. While a Life Scout, serve actively in your Troop for six months in one or more of the following positions of responsibility:
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, Co-Captain, Program Manager, Squad Leader, Team Secretary, Order of the Arrow Team Representative, Librarian, Historian, Quartermaster, Chaplain Aide, Instructor, Den Chief, Webmaster, or Outdoor Ethics Guide.
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.

5. 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 the Boy Scouts of America.) A project proposal must be approved by the organization benefiting from the effort, your Scoutmaster 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

6. While a Life Scout, participate in a Scoutmaster conference. 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.
(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.)

7. Successfully complete your board of review for the Eagle Scout rank. (This requirement may be met after age 18, in accordance with Guide to Advancement topic

Eagle Scout – Project Fundraising Policy

In a Nutshell – Scouts are not permitted, per council policy, to ask for monetary donations, donation of materials and/or discounts from anyone or any business outside of the list below unless they have submitted a fundraising form and had it approved PRIOR to fundraising efforts taking place.

Eagle Candidates may, with an approved fundraising application, ask for donations of materials or discounts on materials from companies or individuals but must first furnish a list of prospective donors with their fundraising application, per national policy, for council approval prior to soliciting the material donations or discounts.


When does a Scout need to submit a fundraising application?

Donations of money or materials from the following sources do not require submitting the fundraising form:

  • the Scout himself,
  • the Scouts parents or relatives,
  • the Scout’s Unit or
  • Chartered Partner,
  • members or parents of members of his unit or
  • from the beneficiary of the project.

All other sources require the form be submitted and approved prior to fundraising efforts taking place, this includes donations of money, material donations and/or discounts on materials.

What are some exceptions in terms of discount or donation of materials?

If a Scout is given a discount at the time of purchasing materials that was not solicited by the Scout it is OK to accept it and the form is not required.

Likewise If a Scout is offered scrap or left over materials, without solicitation on his part, he may accept them and does not need to submit the application as he did not solicit the materials but was merely offered then without solicitation on his part.

Are car washes allowed?

Yes, once they are approved by submitting a fundraising application.

Is there anything that a Scout should make clear when accepting donation and/or discounts?

Scouts must make it clear to all donors of materials, those offering a discount, or event participants that the money/materials are being raised on behalf of the project beneficiary, which will retain any leftover funds or materials.

How does a Scout provide documentation of a gift?

Should any donor want documentation of a gift, this must be provided through the project beneficiary not the B.S.A., unit or council per Guide to Advancement section (page 72).

Questions about Eagle Paperwork can be directed to Jessica Smith at 502-361-3844 or email